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Sabrina Blackledge, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Psychiatry, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Biographical Sketch

Sabrina's efforts at the NRLC are focused on an ongoing longitudinal study of children who are considered "at-risk" due to having a family history of substance use disorders. While the primary focus of the study examines how factors such as risk-taking/impulsivity and sensation-seeking interact to predict substance use and substance use disorders throughout adolescence and early adulthood, other factors such as stressful life events, peer influence, quality of family relationships, and resilience are of interest.

Prior to working at the NRLC, Sabrina has been involved in a variety of projects throughout her education. Most of these projects have centered on impulsivity and impulsivity related-disorders, and how things like mood, personality, and environmental factors can be of influence. In addition to these research topics, Sabrina specialized in quantitative methods in her doctoral program and enjoys the creative process of finding answers in the data.

Research Interests

  • Stress and mood as predictors of substance abuse
  • Quantitative/analytical strategies used for longitudinal data
  • Psychopharmacology and clinical trials


Year Degree Major Institution
2017 Ph.D. University of North Texas
2013 M.A. Northern Arizona University
2007 B.S Iowa State


  • Hiking and trail running, yoga
  • Traveling
  • Music
  • Coffee and tea