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Nora E. Charles, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Department of Psychology The University of Southern Mississippi

Biographical Sketch

August 2011 - July 2015

Dr. Charles completed her postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in the Neurobehavioral Research Laboratory and Clinic (NRLC).

In her time with the NRLC, her research focused on family risk for substance use disorder and initiation of substance use and escalation of use from pre- to mid-adolescence. Major recent findings include determining that the children of people with substance use disorders display increased impulsivity even before they engage in any substance use of their own, and that exposure to stressors during childhood mediates the association between inherited risk for substance abuse and offspring substance use. Together, these results suggest pathways through which having a parent with a substance use disorder may increase risk for substance abuse. Dr. Charles postdoctoral training is funded by a grant from NIDA, Training in Drug Abuse Research: Behavior and Neurobiology (T32-DA031115) and an extramural clinical research loan repayment grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Period of Service

August 2011 - July 2015

Research Projects

  • Consequences of Adolescent Substance Use on the Development of Impulse Control (R01-DA026868)
  • Relating Brain Maturation to Impulse Control and Substance Use Involvement (R01-DA033997)

After the NRLC

After her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Charles went on to accept a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Charles lab Website

Presentations/Publications with the NRLC

  • Preadolescent sensation seeking and early adolescent stress relate to at-risk adolescents’ substance use by age 15

    Charles, N. E., Mathias, C. W., Acheson, A., and Dougherty, D. M. (2017).

    Addictive Behaviors, 69, 1-7. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • 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 PubMed Central - Free Full Text 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 PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Child problems as a moderator of relations between maternal impulsivity and family environment in a high-risk sample.

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

    Substance Use & Misuse, 51, 1264-1273. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Pubertal maturation compression and behavioral impulsivity among boys at increased risk for substance use

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

    Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment, 15, 61-73. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Clinical and social/environmental characteristics in a community sample of children with and without family histories of Substance Use Disorder in the San Antonio area: A descriptive study

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

    Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 25, 327-339. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Family functioning as a mediator of relations between family history of Substance Use Disorder and impulsivity

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

    Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment, 15, 17-24. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text 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

  • Childhood stress exposure among preadolescents with and without family histories of substance use disorders

    Charles, N. E., Ryan, S. R., Acheson, A., Mathias, C. W., Liang, Y., and Dougherty, D. M. (2015).

    Psychology of Addictive Behavior, 29, 192-200. 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

  • Aggression as a Predictor of Early Substance Use Initiation among Youth with Family Histories of Substance Use Disorders

    Mathias, C. W., Duffing, T. M., Acheson, A., Charles, N. E., Lake, S. L., Ryan, S. R., Liang, Y., and Dougherty, D. M. (2015).

    Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment, 14, 230-240. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Delay discounting differentiates pre-adolescents at high and low risk for substance use disorders based on family history

    Dougherty, D. M., Charles, N. E., Mathias, C. W., Ryan, S. R., Olvera, R. L., Liang, Y., and Acheson, A. (2014).

    Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 143, 105-111. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Ethical considerations in adolescent drug research, a response to “Conflicting ethics of confidentiality in adolescent drug research”

    Dougherty, D. M., Hill-Kapturczak, N., Ryan, S. R., Mathias, C. W., Dawes, M. A., Acheson, A., Charles, N. E., Furr, M. A., and Liguori, A. (2014).

    Psychopharmacology, 231(8), 1433-1435. DOI: 10.1007/s00213-013-3183-9 PubMed Icon

  • Impulsivity, attention, memory, and decision-making among adolescent marijuana users

    Dougherty, D. M., Mathias, C. W., Dawes, M. A., Furr, R. M., Charles, N. E., Liguori, A., Shannon, E. E., and Acheson, A. (2013).

    Psychopharmacology, 226, 307-319. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Motivational value and salience of images of infants.

    Charles, N. E., Alexander, G. M., Saenz, J. (2013).

    Evolution and Human Behavior, 34, 373-381

  • Psychopathic traits and their association with adjustment problems in girls.

    Charles, N. E., Acheson, A., Mathias, C. W., Furr, R. M., and Dougherty, D. M. (2012).

    Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 30, 631-642. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Comparing the detection of transdermal and breath alcohol concentrations during periods of alcohol consumption ranging from moderate drinking to binge drinking.

    Dougherty, D. M., Charles, N. E., Acheson, A., John, S., Furr, R.M., and Hill-Kapturczak, N. (2012).

    Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 20, 373-381. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • A test of the psychometric characteristics of the BIS-Brief among three groups of youth

    Mathias, C. W., Stanford, M. S., Liang, Y., Goros, M., Charles, N. E., Sheftall, A. H., Mullen, J., Hill-Kapturczak, N., Acheson, A., Olvera, R. L., and Dougherty, D. M. (2018).

    Psychological Assessment, 30, 847-865.