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Ash Levitt, PhD

Ash Levitt, PhD

Senior Research Scientist

Social Psychology

Contact Information

1021 Main Street
Buffalo, NY  14203-1016
Phone: (716) 887-3366

Primary Research Areas

Alcohol use; alcohol motives and expectancies; close relationships; subjective effects of intoxication.

Representative and Recent Publications

Cooper, M. L., Kuntsche, E., Levitt, A., Barber, L. L., & Wolf, S. T. (in press). Motivational models of substance use: A review of theory and research on motives for using alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco. In K. J. Sher (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of substance use disorders. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Levitt, A., Derrick, J. L., & Testa, M. (2014). Relationship-specific alcohol expectancies moderate the effects of relationship-drinking contexts on daily relationship functioning. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75, 269-278. PMCID: PMC3965681

Molnar, D. S., Levitt, A., Eiden, R. D., & Schuetze, P. (2014). Prenatal cocaine exposure and trajectories of externalizing behavior problems in early childhood: Examining the role of maternal negative affect. Development and Psychopathology, 26, 515-528. PMCID: PMC3981877

Testa, M., Crane, C. A., Quigley, B. M., Levitt, A., & Leonard, K. E. (2014). Effects of administered alcohol on intimate partner interactions in a conflict resolution paradigm. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75, 249-258. PMCID: PMC3965679

Levitt, A., & Leonard, K. E. (2013). Relationship-specific alcohol expectancies and relationship-drinking contexts: Reciprocal influence and gender-specific effects over the first 9 years of marriage. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27, 986-996. PMCID: PMC3855643

Levitt, A., Schlauch, R. C., Bartholow, B. D., & Sher, K. J. (2013). Gender differences in natural language factors of subjective intoxication in college students: An experimental vignette study. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 37, 2145-2151. PMCID: PMC3797227

Schlauch, R. C., Levitt, A., Bradizza, C. M., Stasiewicz, P. R., Lucke, J. F., Maisto, S. A., Zhou, Y., & Connors, G. J. (2013). Alcohol craving in patients diagnosed with a severe mental illness and alcohol use disorder: Bidirectional relationships between approach and avoidance inclinations and drinking. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 1087-1099. PMCID: PMC3938894

Schlauch, R. C., Levitt, A., Connell, C. M., & Kaufman, J. S. (2013). The moderating effect of family involvement on substance use risk factors in adolescents with serious emotional and behavioral challenges. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 2333-2342. PMCID: PMC3634886

Testa, M., Kubiak, A., Quigley, B. M., Houston, R. J., Derrick, J. L., Levitt, A., Homish, G. G., & Leonard, K. E. (2012). Husband and wife alcohol use as independent or interactive predictors of intimate partner violence. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73, 268-276. PMCID: PMC3281984

Levitt, A., & Cooper, M. L. (2010). Daily alcohol use and romantic relationship functioning: Evidence of bidirectional, gender- and context-specific effects. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1706-1722.
doi: 10.1177/0146167210388420

Levitt, A., Sher, K. J., & Bartholow, B. D. (2009). The language of intoxication: Preliminary investigations. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 33, 448-454. PMCID: PMC2680117

Cooper, M. L., Sheldon, M. S., Talley, A., Levitt, A., & Barber, L. (2008). A dyadic perspective on approach and avoidance motives for sexual behavior. In A. J. Elliott (Ed.), Handbook of approach and avoidance motivation (pp. 615-631). New York, NY: Psychology Press.  

Cooper, M. L., Pioli, M., Levitt, A., Talley, A. E., Micheas, L., & Collins, N. L. (2006).  Attachment styles, sex motives, and sexual behavior: Evidence for gender-specific expressions of attachment dynamics. In M. Mikulincer & G. S. Goodman (Eds.), Dynamics of romantic love: Attachment, caregiving, and sex (pp. 243-274). New York, NY: Guilford Press.