The Foster Lab

A central theme of my research is the focus on social psychological principles related to etiology, prevention, and treatment of substance use among adolescents and young adults. My research objective is to better understand individual and contextual factors associated with risks for substance use so as to inform intervention and prevention efforts.


Dr. Foster’s research focuses on describing the cognitive processes and behavioral indicators related to the etiology, prevention, and treatment of substance use. This includes examinations of substance-related motives, expectancies, problems, refusal self-efficacy, and perceived norms,

Principal Investigator

Dawn W Foster, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry