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Kimberly S. Walitzer, PhD

Kimberly S. Walitzer, PhD

RIA Deputy Director
Senior Research Scientist

Clinical Psychology

Research Associate Professor, Psychology

Contact Information

1021 Main Street,
Buffalo NY  14203-1016
Phone: (716) 887-2566
Email: walitzer@ria.buffalo.edu

Primary Research Areas

Treatment of alcohol problems; spouse involvement in alcohol treatment; Alcoholics Anonymous; dissemination of empirically-supported treatments.

Representative and Recent Publications

Dearing, R. L., Twaragowski, C., Smith, P. H., Homish, G. G., Connors, G. J., & Walitzer, K. S. (2014). Super Bowl Sunday:  Risky business for at-risk (male) drinkers? Substance Use and Misuse, 49, 1359-1363.
DOI: 10.3109/10826084.2014.891626

Walitzer, K. S., & Dearing, R. L. (2013). Characteristics of alcoholic smokers, non-smokers, and former smokers: Personality, negative affect, alcohol involvement, and treatment participation. Nicotine & Tobacco Research,15, 282-286.
DOI: 10.1093/ntr/nts112

Walitzer, K. S., Dermen, K. H., Shyhalla, K., & Kubiak, A. (in press). Couples communication among problem drinking males and their spouses: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Family Therapy. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6427.2013.00615.x

Schumacher, J. A., Coffey, S. F., Walitzer, K .S., Burke, R. S., Williams, D. C., Norquist, G., & Elkin, D. (2012). Guidance for new motivational interviewing trainers when training addiction professionals: Findings from a survey of experienced trainers. Motivational Interviewing: Training, Research, Implementation, Practice, 1, 7-15.

Walitzer, K. S., Dermen, K. H., & Barrick, C. (2009). Facilitating involvement in Alcoholics Anonymous during outpatient treatment: A randomized clinical trial. Addiction, 104, 391-401.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2008.02467.x

Connors, G. J., Walitzer, K. S., & Tonigan, J. S. (2008). Spiritual change in recovery. In M. Galanter & L. A. Kaskutas (Ed.), Recent developments in alcoholism: Vol. 18 Research on Alcoholics Anonymous and spirituality in addiction recovery (pp. 209-227). New York: Springer.

Walitzer, K. S., & Connors, G. J. (2007). Thirty-month follow-up of drinking moderation training for women: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 501-507.
DOI: 10.1037/0022-006X.75.3.501

Walitzer, K. S., & Dearing, R. L. (2006). Gender differences in alcohol and substance use relapse. Clinical Psychology Review, 26, 128-148.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cpr.2005.11.003

Barrick, C., & Walitzer, K. S. (2004). Problem drinking. In R. Coombs (Ed.), Addiction counseling review: Preparing for comprehensive, certification and licensing examinations (pp. 225-244). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

Walitzer, K. S., & Dermen, K. H. (2004). Alcohol-focused spouse involvement and behavioral couples therapy: Evaluation of enhancements to drinking reduction treatment for male problem drinkers. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72, 944-955.
DOI: 10.1037/0022-006X.72.6.944

Connors, G. J., Walitzer, K. S., & Dermen, K. H. (2002). Preparing clients for alcoholism treatment: Effects on treatment participation and outcomes. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 70, 1161-1169.

Connors, G. J., & Walitzer, K. S. (2001). Reducing alcohol consumption among heavily-drinking women: Evaluating the contributions of life skills training and booster sessions. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 69, 447-456.

Walitzer, K. S., & Connors, G. J. (1999). Treating problem drinking. Alcohol, Research, & Health, 23, 138-143.

Walitzer, K. S., Dermen, K. H., & Connors, G. J. (1999). Strategies for preparing clients for treatment: A review. Behavior Modification, 23, 129-151.