Gerard J. Connors, PhD

Gerard J. Connors, PhD.

Senior Research Scientist

Clinical Psychology

Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

1021 Main Street
Buffalo, NY  14203-1016
Phone: (716) 887-2563

Primary Research Areas

Alcoholism treatment outcome evaluation; relapse prevention; secondary prevention of alcohol problems.

Research Publications Expertise

Representative and Recent Publications

Rice, S. L., Hagler, K. J., Martinez-Papponi, B. L., Connors, G. J., & Delaney, H. D. (2017).  Ambivalence about behavior change: Utilizing Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers’ perspectives to operationalize the construct.  Addiction Research and Theory, 25, 154-162.

Connors, G. J., Maisto, S. A., Schlauch, R. C., Dearing, R. L., Prince, M. A., & Duerr, M. R.  (2016).  Therapeutic alliances predict session by session drinking behavior in the treatment of alcohol use disorders. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84, 972-982.
PMID: 27548032 PMCID: PMC5073048 [Available on 2017-11-01] DOI: 10.1037/ccp0000130

Prince, M. A., Connors, G. J., Maisto, S. A., & Dearing, R. L. (2016).  Within treatment therapeutic alliance ratings predict post-treatment frequency of alcohol use.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 30, 184-193.
PMID: 26999350 PMCID: PMC4804469 DOI: 10.1037/adb0000161

Schlauch, R. C., Rice, S. L., Connors, G. J., & Lang, A. R. (2015).  Ambivalence Model of Craving: A latent profile analysis of cue-elicited craving in an inpatient clinical sample.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76, 764-772.
PMID: 26402357 PMCID: PMC4714827

Maisto, S. A., Galizio, M., & Connors, G. J. (2015). Drug use and abuse (7 ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage.

Dearing, R. L., Witkiewitz, K., Connors, G. J., & Walitzer, K. S. (2013).  Prospective changes in alcohol use among hazardous drinkers in the absence of treatment.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27, 52-61.
PMID: 22612252 | DOI: 10.1037/a0028170

Connors, G. J., DiClemente, C. C., Velasquez, M. M., & Donovan, D. M. (2013). Substance abuse treatment and the stages of change: Selecting and planning interventions (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Connors, G. J., & Walitzer, K. S., on behalf of the Staff of the Research Institute on Addictions. (2012). Addiction research centres and the nurturing of creativity: The Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo. Addiction, 107, 1214-1220.
PMID: 21470324

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.
PMID: 17563166 | DOI: 10.1037/0022-006X.75.3.501

Maisto, S. A., Connors, G. J., & Dearing, R. L. (2007). Alcohol use disorders. Toronto: Hogrefe & Huber.

Maisto, S. A., & Connors, G. J. (Eds.) (2006). Relapse in the addictive behaviors: integration and future directions. Special Issue of Clinical Psychology Review, 26, 229-31.
PMID: 16360255 | DOI: 10.1016/j.cpr.2005.11.009

Maisto, S. A., Zywiak, W. H., & Connors, G. J. (2006). Course of functioning one year following admission for treatment of alcohol use disorders. Addictive Behaviors, 31, 69-79.
PMID: 15919159 | DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2005.04.008

Connors, G. J., & Stewart, S. H. (2004). Alcohol and other substance use disorders. In L. J. Haas (Ed.), Handbook of primary care psychology (pp. 187-200). New York: Oxford University Press.

Sobell, L. C., Sobell, M. B., Connors, G. J., & Agrawal, S. (2003). Assessing drinking outcomes in alcohol treatment efficacy studies: Selecting a yardstick of success. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 27, 1661-1666.
PMID: 14574238 DOI: 10.1097/01.ALC.0000091227.26627.75

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.
PMID: 12362966