Devin Banks

LD 161

2011 B.A. Psychology, University of California Berkeley
2016 M.S. Clinical Psychology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 

I am currently a third year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. 

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I currently conduct research within Dr. Zapolski's PRISM (Prevention Research ISubstance Use & Minority Health) Lab, which focuses on risk for substance use and other health behaviors among African Americans. My program of research concerns the individual and interactive contributions of individual psychological factors (e.g., impulsivity, attitudes, emotion regulation) and sociocultural factors to adolescent risk-taking behavior. I am particuarly interested in how these factors may intersect during adolescence to contribute to health disparities associated with substance use and risky sexual behavior across the lifespan. Ultimately, my research goal is to inform and develop early interventions to reduce the risk for poor health outcomes associated with risk-taking behaviors, particularly among African Americans and other sociodemographic groups that are disproportionately affected by such outcomes.
Currently, my research projects examine 1) racial differences in the relationship between alcohol expectancies and alcohol use among adolescents, 2) patterns of single and poly-substance use and their relationship to substance use-related problems among adolescents of various racial/ethnic groups, and 3) the interaction of ethnic identity and discrimination on substance use and general mental health among African Americans.
Select Publications:
Zapolski, T. C. B., Fisher, S., Banks, D. E., Hensel, D. J., & Barnes-Najor, J. V. (in press). Examining the protective effect of ethnic identity on drug attitudes and use among a diverse youth population. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi:10.1007/s10964-016-0605-0

Banks, D. E., Zapolski, T. C. B. (2017). Racial differences in the link between alcohol expectancies and adolescent drinking. Addictive Behaviors, 67, 34-37. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.12.005
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