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Bethany C. Bray , Ph.D.

Bethany C. Bray , Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology,

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Bray is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech. She is a statistician with expertise in contemporary approaches to the analyses and interpretation of longitudinal data. Her interest is specifically in the area of substance use development and its reciprocal interactions with other risk factors. Dr. Bray was trained was trained by Dr. Linda Collins at Penn State University Methodology Center. Penn State's University Methodology Center is a NIH/SSF funded center for the dissemination of cutting-edge statistical and methodological issues pertinent to prospective studies of substance use prevention and treatment research. Dr. Bray has worked closely with the NRLC in the design and analyses of data related to prospective development of problems with drug use involvement among at-risk youth.

Education

Year Degree Major Institution
2007 Ph.D. Human Development and Family Studies Penn State University, State College, PA
2006 M.A.S. Applied Statistics Penn State University, State College, PA
2005 M.S. Human Development and Family Studies Penn State University, State College, PA
2000 B.S. Mathematics University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI

Presentations/Publications with the NRLC

  • Combining diffusion tensor imaging and magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study reduced frontal white matter integrity in youths with family histories of substance use disorders

    Acheson, A., Wijtenburg, S. A., Rowland, L. M., Bray, B. C., Gaston, F., Mathias, C. W., Fox, P.T., Lovallo, W. R., Wright, S. N., Hong, L. E., McGuire, S., Kochunov, P., and Dougherty, D. M. (2014).

    Human Brain Mapping, 35, 5877-5887. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Acquisition of rater agreement for the Stressful Life Events Schedule

    James, L. M., Mathias, C. W., Bray, B. C., Cates, S. E., Farris, S. J., Dawes, M. A., Hill-Kapturczak, N., and Dougherty, D. M. (2013)

    Journal of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 1:125, 1-5.

  • Early adolescent trajectories of impulsiveness and sensation seeking in children of fathers with histories of alcohol and other substance use disorders

    Acheson, A., Lake, S. L., Bray, B. C., Liang, Y., Mathias, C. W., Ryan, S. R., Charles, N. E., and Dougherty, D. M. (2016).

    Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research,. 40, 2,622-2,630 PubMed Icon

  • Altered developmental trajectories for impulsivity and sensation seeking among adolescent substance users

    Charles, N. E., Ryan, S. R., Bray, B.C., Mathias, C. W., Acheson, A., and Dougherty, D. M. (2016).

    Addictive Behaviors, 60, 235-241 PubMed Icon

  • Increased Pre- and Early-Adolescent Stress in Youth with a Family History of Substance Use Disorder and Early Substance Use Initiation

    Charles, N. E., Mathias, C. W., Acheson, A., Bray, B. C., Ryan, S. R., Lake, S. L., Liang, Y, and Dougherty DM. (2015).

    Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44, 1954-1967. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Failure to sustain prepulse inhibition in adolescent marijuana users.

    Mathias, C. W., Blumenthal, T. D., Dawes, M. A., Liguori, A., Richard, D. M., Bray, B., Tong, W., and Dougherty, D. M. (2011).

    Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 116, 110-116. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Behavioral impulsivity and risk-taking trajectories across early adolescence in youths with and without family histories of alcohol and other drug use disorders

    Dougherty, D. M., Lake, S. L., Mathias, C. W., Ryan, S. R., Bray, B. C., Charles, N. E., and Acheson, A. (2015).

    Virtual Issue on Risk Factors for Adolescent Drinking PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon