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Andrea Howard (Sabbatical)

Associate Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. (Alberta)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3055
Office:314-H SSRB
Website:Research on Emotion and Addictions Development and Methodology Lab

Dr. Howard will be accepting graduate student(s) for Fall, 2020

Research Interests

My research primarily examines mental health (depression, anxiety) and substance use (alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and other drugs) in adolescence and the transition to adulthood. Current studies with collaborators include: (1) evaluating the developmental course of substance use from late childhood to the mid-twenties, comparing people with and without childhood histories of ADHD; (2) the intersection of self-control, mental health, and alcohol use in undergraduate students; (3) contexts that predict well-being in the transition to university, especially parenting and parent involvement.

Issues and challenges related to quantitative methods for developmental and clinical research also figure heavily in my work. Studies in my research group rely on longitudinal data, ranging from long-term follow-up studies to short-term daily and experience sampling studies. These quantitative methods challenges create opportunities for methods-development work. Recent projects have included methods for combining data from multiple reporters, comparisons of methods for estimating intraindividual variability in longitudinal analysis, and longitudinal data analyses with a covariate measured at only a subset of assessment waves.

Selected Recent Publications (student/trainee co-authors’ names in italics)

Howard, A. L., Kennedy, T. M., Macdonald, E. P., Mitchell, J. T., Sibley, M. H., Roy, A., Arnold, L. E., Epstein, J. N., Hinshaw, S. P., Hoza, B., Stehli, A., Swanson, J. M., & Molina, B. S. G. (conditionally accepted). Depression and ADHD-related risk for substance use in adolescence and early adulthood: Concurrent and prospective associations in the MTA. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Mitchell, J.T., Howard, A.L., Belendiuk, K.A., Kennedy, T.M., Stehli, A., Swanson, J.M., Hechtman, L., Arnold, L.E., Hoza, B., Vitiello, B., Lu, B., Kollins, S.H., & Molina, B.S.G. (2019). Cigarette smoking progression among young adults diagnosed with ADHD in childhood: A 16-year longitudinal study of children with and without ADHD. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 21(5), 638-       647.

Barker, E. T., Howard, A. L.Villemaire-Krajden, R., & Galambos, N. L. (2018). The rise and fall of depressive symptoms and academic stress in two samples of university students. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 47(6), 1252-1266.

Molina, B. S. G., Howard, A. L., Swanson, J. M., Stehli, A., Mitchell, J. T., Kennedy, T. M., … & Hoza, B. (2018). Substance use through adolescence into early adulthood after childhood-diagnosed ADHD: Findings from the MTA longitudinal study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 59(6), 692-702.

Howard, A. L., & Pritchard, T. R. (2017). Heavy drinking in university students with and  without attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: Contributions of drinking motives and protective behavioral strategies. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, 11, 1-10.

Newcomb-Anjo, S. E., Barker, E. T., & Howard, A. L. (2017). A person-centered analysis of risk factors that compromise wellbeing in emerging adulthood. Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 46(4), 867-883.

Barker, E. T., Howard, A. L., Galambos, N. L., & Wrosch, C. (2016). Tracking affect and academic success across university: Happy students benefit from bouts of negative mood. Developmental Psychology, 52(11), 2022-2030.

Howard, A. L., Strickland, N., Murray, D., Tamm, L., Hinshaw, S. P., Swanson, J. M., Arnold, L. E., & Molina, B. S. G., (2016). Progression of impairment in adolescents with ADHD through the transition out of high school: Contributions of parent involvement and college attendance. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 125(2), 233-247.