Tamika Zapolski Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Psychology


2013 Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Kentucky

2013 Clinical Internship, University of Kentucky Medical Center

2008 M.S. Clinical Psychology, University of Kentucky

2005 B.A. Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia

Teaching Assignments

B-203 Ethics and Diversity

I-670 Ethics and Divesity

I-667 Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

Current Research

My program of research focuses on risk for substance use and problems among African Americans. Research has shown that comparative to European American (a) African Americans tend to report lower rates of alcohol used based on both age and gender, (b) African American adolescents report lower rates of use and later initiation of drinking, (c) African Americans who attend college report lower rates of drinking and binge drinking, and (d) African Americans report higher rates of abstinence across all age groups. Yet, paradoxically, African Americans appear to experience more problems from use compared to European Americans. My research focuses on examining within-group variation in substance use among African Americans with the hope of understanding whether particular subgroups of African Americans are at heightened risk of engaging in problematic drinking behaviors and related problems. The ultimate goal of my research is to develop interventions to mitigate this risk process across development. 

Dr. Zapolski is currently accepting new students for enrollment in Fall 2014.

Select Publications

Zapolski, T.C.B., & Smith, G.T. (2013). Comparison of parent versus child-report of child impulsivity traits and prediction of outcome variables. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 35 (3), 301-313. doi:10.1007/s10862-013-9349-2

Smith, G.T., Guller, L., & Zapolski, T.C.B. (2013). A comparison of two models of urgency: Urgency predicts both rash action and depression in youth. Clinical Psychological Science. doi:10.1177/2167702612470647

Zapolski, T. C. B., Pedersen, S. L., McCarthy, D. M., & Smith, G. T. (2013). Less drinking, yet more problems: Understanding African American drinking and related problems. Psychological Bulletin. doi:10.1037/a0032113

Zapolski, T.C.B., Guller, L., & Smith, G.T. (2012). Construct validation theory applied to the study of personality dysfunction. Journal of Personality. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2012.00772.x.

Zapolski, T.C.B., Stairs, A.M., Fried, R.E., Combs, J.L., & Smith, G.T. (2010). The measurement of dispositions to rash action in children, Assessment, 17, 116-125. doi: 10.1177/1073191109351372