J. Scott Tonigan, Ph.D

stoniganResearch Professor, Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico
(505) 925-2384

Educational Psychology, University of New Mexico, 1989
Areas of Expertise
Assessment Instruments
Empirically supported treatments
Mechanisms of behavior change
Mutual help groups
Primary Research Area

I am especially interested in behavior change in mutual-help programs. Current research interests include study of the: (1) meta-analytic combining of mutual help studies, (2) "real-time" assessment of the longitudinal relationships between AA attendance, commitment to AA-related practices, and outcome, (3) role of AA-specific and non-specific behavior change mechanisms in explaining outcome, (4) distinctions between abstinence and sobriety in AA, and (4) the role of psychopathology in mediating AA-related practices and outcome. I am also interested in the measurement of treatment outcome, readiness for change, and the application of advanced statistical techniques to model behavior changes over time.

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  • Development of a Comprehensive and Dynamic AA Process Model: One Day at a Time (R01, NIAAA, J. Scott Tonigan, PI)
  • Alcohol and Addiction Research Domain Criteria and Alcohol Use Disorder Recovery. (NIAAA, R01, katie Witkiewitz PI) Co-Investigator
  • CTN Clinical trials network: New Mexico Node. (NIDA, Page, PI) Co-Investigator
  • Alcohol Research Training: Methods and mechanisms (NIAAA, T32, Katie Witkiewitz, PI), Mentor