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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

Primary Research Areas

Treatment of alcohol problems; anger management; Alcoholics Anonymous; dissemination of empirically-supported treatments.

Representative and Recent Publications

Connors, G. J., Walitzer, K. S., Prince, M. A., & Kubiak, A. (in press). Secondary prevention of alcohol problems in rural areas using a bibliotherapy-based approach. Journal of Rural Mental Health.

Rath, M. S., Walitzer, K. S., & Deffenbacher, J. L. (2015). Anger management-based smoking cessation treatment:  Three case studies. Clinical Case Studies. Advance online publication.
DOI: 10.1177/1534650115606798.

Walitzer, K. S., Deffenbacher, J. L., & Shyhalla, K. (2015). Alcohol-adapted anger management treatment:  A randomized controlled trial of an innovative therapy for alcohol dependence. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 59, 83-93.
PMCID: PMC4661083

Walitzer, K. S., Dermen, K. H., Barrick, C., & Shyhalla, K. (2015). Modeling the innovation-decision process:  Dissemination and adoption of a motivational interviewing preparatory procedure in addiction outpatient clinic. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.
DOI: 10.1016/j.sat.2015.04.003

Walitzer, K. S., Dearing, R. L., Barrick, C., & Shyhalla, K. (2015). Tobacco smoking among male and female alcohol treatment-seekers:  Clinical complexities, treatment length of stay, and goal chievement.  Substance Use and Misuse, 50, 166-173
PMCID:  PMC Journal - In Process       

Rice, S., Prince, M., Dermen, K. H., Walitzer, K. S., & Connors, G. J. (2014).  Stages of change trajectories throughout alcohol use disorder treatment and their within- and between-person associations with alcohol use. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38 (Suppl. 1), 826.

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
PMCID:  PMC3524065

Walitzer, K. S., Dermen, K. H., Shyhalla, K., & Kubiak, A. (2013). 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
PMCID:  PMC Journal - In Process

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.
PMCID:  PMC3685496

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
PMCID:  PMC280221

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.