Primary Research Areas
Biological substrates of impulsivity and aggression; neurophysiological (EEG, ERPs) and neuropsychological correlates of substance use disorders, antisocial behavior and impulse control disorders; assessment and treatment of aggressive behavior.
Heart Rate Variability and Impulse Control During Alcohol Dependence Treatment (funded by NIAAA). This study is designed to examine whether a direct association exists between impulse control and heart rate variability in alcohol dependent individuals. In collaboration with Ronda Dearing, PhD., Gerard Connors, PhD., and Gregory Homish, PhD.
Etiology of Suicidal Behavior During Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood (funded by CDC): Identifying variables that decrease risk for suicide attempts in young people ages 12 to 25. (Award made to Kenneth Conner, PsyD, MPH, University of Rochester; subaward to Rebecca Houston, PhD.)
Study of Health and Adult Relationship Experiences (funded by NIAAA). Examination of personality, health behaviors (such as smoking and drinking), attention and memory skills, and intimacy and conflict in relationships (in collaboration with Kenneth E. Leonard, PhD, Maria Testa, PhD and Brian M. Quigley, PhD).
Attempted Suicide and Alcohol Dependence (funded by NIAAA): Examination of reactive aggression and social isolation in suicide attempts in treated alcoholics. (Award made to Kenneth Conner, PsyD, MPH, University of Rochester, subaward to Rebecca Houston, PhD.)
Impulse Control as a Mechanism of Change in the Treatment of Alcohol Dependence (funded by NIAAA). Multi-modal assessment of impulse control as a mechanism of change before, during, and after cognitive behavioral treatment for alcohol dependence (in collaboration with Co-investigators Ronda L. Dearing, PhD, Gerard J. Connors, PhD, and Gregory G. Homish, PhD.)
Neurophysiological and Behavioral Characteristics of Heavy Drinkers & Aggressive Drivers (funded by UB Interdisciplinary Research Development Fund). Examination of the potentially interactive effects of aggressive driving and heavy drinking history on neurophysiological (event-related brain potentials; ERPs) and behavioral measures during a driving simulation task. (Award made to Changxu Wu, PhD, UB Industrial and Systems Engineering, subaccount to Rebecca Houston).
Transitional Mechanisms in the Relapse Process: A Pilot Study (funded by RIA Research Development Program). This pilot study is investigating the role of implicit responses (behavioral and neurophysiological) to alcohol cues as they relate to relapse.
Representative and Recent Publications
Derrick, J. L., Leonard, K. E., Quigley, B. M., Houston, R. J., Testa, M., & Kubiak, A. (2010). Relationship-specific alcohol expectancies in couples with concordant and discrepant drinking patterns. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 71, 761-768.
Zhao, G., Wu, C., Houston, R. J., & Creager, W. R. (2010). The effects of binge drinking and socio-economic status on sober driving behavior. Traffic Injury Prevention, 11, 342-352.
Godleski, S. A., Ostrov, J. M., Houston, R. J., & Schlienz, N. J. (2010). Hostile attribution bias for relationally provocative situations and event related potentials in emerging adulthood. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 76, 25-33.
Swogger, M. T., Walsh, Z., Houston, R. J., Cashman-Brown, S., & Conner, K. R. (2009). Psychopathy and Axis I psychiatric disorders among criminal offenders: Relationships to impulsive and proactive aggression. Aggressive Behavior, 35, 1-9.
Ceballos, N. A., Bauer, L. O., & Houston, R. J. (2009). EEG/ERP and substance use disorders. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, 40,122-128.
Conner, K. R., Swogger, M. T., & Houston, R. J. (2009). A test of the reactive aggression-suicidal behavior hypothesis: Is there a case for proactive aggression? Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 118, 235-240.
Stanford, M. S., Houston, R. J., & Baldridge, R. M. (2008). Comparison of impulsive and premeditated perpetrators of intimate partner violence. Behavioral Sciences and the Law 26, 709-722.
Ostrov, J. M., & Houston, R. J. (2008). The utility of forms and functions of aggression in emerging adulthood: Association with personality disorder symptomatology. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 37, 1147-1158.
Conner, K. R., Houston, R. J., Sworts, L. M., & Meldrum, S. (2007). Reliability of the Impulsive-Premeditated Aggression Scale (IPAS) in treated opiate dependent individuals. Addictive Behaviors, 32, 655-659.
Ceballos, N. A., Houston, R. J., Bauer, L. O., & Hesselbrock, V. M. (2006). Brain maturation in conduct disorder versus borderline personality disorder. Neuropsychobiology 53, 94-100.
Houston, R. J., & Stanford, M. S. (2006). Characterization of aggressive behavior and phenytoin response. Aggressive Behavior, 32, 38-43.
Ceballos, N. A., Houston, R. J., Smith, N. D., Bauer, L. O., & Taylor, R. E. (2005). N400 as an index of semantic expectancies: Differential effects of alcohol and cocaine dependence. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 29, 936-943.
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