Turrisi-Rob

Rob Turrisi

Professor, Biobehavioral Health

210 BBH Building
814-865-7808
rjt13@psu.edu

Download CV

Biography

Rob Turrisi has been engaged in research on prevention science topics for nearly 35 years. His initial work looked at methods for reducing drunk driving—a subject on which he is passionate and continues to engage both with graduate fellows and his research team. His research also includes externally funded studies on brief parent interventions, substance abuse prevention, and skin cancer prevention.

The contributions of this work have been acknowledged by several organizations and national publications, including the most recent Surgeon General’s Report. Rob has also been the recipient of the Prevention Research Award from the Society for Prevention Research; the Faculty Scholar Medal from Penn State; and the Ralph Hingson Prevention Scientist Researcher of the Year Award. He serves on the Child Endangerment Expert Panel for MADD.

He is an active mentor and reviewer. All of his doctoral students since his joining the Penn State faculty in 2004 have received NIH F31 training fellowships. Rob has been a standing member or an ad-hoc member of NIH grant review study sections since 1988 and he regularly evaluates articles submitted to scientific journals, including Contemporary Psychology, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, and the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, among others. As an active researcher in drunk driving and substance abuse prevention topics, he has been interviewed on NBC Dateline, Good Morning America, and CBS Health Watch, and featured in USA Today.

Rob is also a lifetime member of Trout Unlimited and can be found fly-fishing when not in his lab or office.

Current Projects

Recent Publications

Self-confidence and embarrassment about partner-assisted skin self-examination for melanoma

Robinson, J. K., Hultgren, B., Mallett, K., & Turrisi, R. (in press). Self-confidence and embarrassment about partner-assisted skin self-examination for melanoma. JAMA Dermatology.

When alcohol is only part of the problem: An event-level analysis of negative consequences related to alcohol and other substance use

Mallett, K. A., Turrisi, R., Hultgren, B. A., Sell, N., Reavy, R., & Cleveland, M. (2017, in press). When alcohol is only part of the problem: An event-level analysis of negative consequences related to alcohol and other substance use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

A different view on parenting: Automatic and explicit parenting processes in adolescents’ drinking behavior.

Koning, I. M., Spruyt, A., Doornwaard, S. M., Turrisi, R., Heider, N., & De Houwer, J. (in press).A different view on parenting: Automatic and explicit parenting processes in adolescents’ drinking behavior. Journal of Substance Use.

A web-based intervention to reduce indoor tanning motivations in adolescents: A randomized controlled trial

Hillhouse, J., Turrisi, R., Scaglione, N. M., Cleveland, M. J., Baker, K., & Florence, L. C. (2017, in press). A web-based intervention to reduce indoor tanning motivations in adolescents: A randomized controlled trial. Prevention Science.

Early detection of new melanomas by patients with melanoma and their partners using a structured skin self examination skills

Robinson, J. K., Wayne, J. D., Martini, M. C., Hultgren, B. A., Mallett, K. A., & Turrisi, R. J. (2016). Early detection of new melanomas by patients with melanoma and their partners using a structured skin self examination skills training intervention: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Dermatology, 152(9), 979-985.

A parent based intervention reduces heavy episodic drinking among first

LaBrie, J. W., Earle, A. M., Boyle, S. C., Hummer, J. F., Montes, K., Turrisi, R. J., & Napper, L. E. (2016, In Press). A parent-based intervention reduces heavy episodic drinking among first year college students. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

An examination of the relationship between consequence

Reavy, R., Cleveland, M. J., Mallett, K. A., Scaglione, N. M., Sell, N. M., & Turrisi, R. J. (2016). An examination of the relationship between consequence-specific normative belief patterns and alcohol-related consequences among college students. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 40(12), 2631-2638.

Drinking norms, readiness to change, and gender as moderators of a combined alcohol intervention for first-year college students

Grossbard, J. R., Mastroleo, N. R., Geisner, I. M., Atkins, D., Ray, A. E., Kilmer, J. R., Mallett, K. A., Larimer, M. E., & Turrisi, R. J. (2016). Drinking norms, readiness to change, and gender as moderators of a combined alcohol intervention for first-year college students. Addictive Behaviors, 52, 75-82.

Effectiveness of a multi-component sun protection program for young children: A randomized clinical trial

Ho, B. K., Reidy, K., Huerta, I., Dilley, K., Crawford, S., Hultgren, B., Mallett, K. A., Turrisi, R. J., & Robinson, J. K. (2016). Effectiveness of a multi-component sun protection program for young children: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Pediatrics, 170(4), 334-342.

Examining the effects of drinking and interpersonal protective behaviors on unwanted sexual experiences in college women

Sell, N. M., Turrisi, R. J., Scaglione, N. M., Hultgren, B. A., & Mallett, K. A. (2016). Examining the effects of drinking and interpersonal protective behaviors on unwanted sexual experiences in college women. Addictive Behaviors, 54, 40-45.

First- and second-hand consequences of alcohol in college: Differential associations with later alcohol use

Abar, C. C., Mallett, K. A., Turrisi, R. J., & Abar, B. (2016). First- and second-hand consequences of alcohol in college: Differential associations with later alcohol use. Journal of Substance Use, 21(1), 107-111.

Influence of quality of relationship between patient with melanoma and partner on partner-assisted skin examination education: A randomized clinical trial

Hultgren, B. A., Turrisi, R. J., Mallett, K. A., Ackerman, S. D., & Robinson, J. K. (2016). Influence of quality of relationship between patient with melanoma and partner on partner-assisted skin examination education: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Dermatology, 152(2), 184-190.

The Behavioral Addiction Indoor Tanning Screener (BAITS): An evaluation of a brief measure of behavioral addictive symptoms

Stapleton, J. L., Hillhouse, J., Turrisi, R. J., Baker, K., Manne, S. L., & Coups, E. J. (2016). The behavioral addiction indoor tanning screener (BAITS): An evaluation of a brief measure of behavioral addictive symptoms. Acta Dermato-Venereologica, 96(4), 552-553.

Theory-driven longitudinal study exploring indoor tanning initiation in teens using a person-centered approach

Hillhouse, J. J., Turrisi, R. J., Cleveland, M. J., Scaglione, N. M., Baker, K., & Florence, L. C. (2016). Theory-driven longitudinal study exploring indoor tanning initiation in teens using a person-centered approach. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 50(1), 48-57.