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Psychological Sciences at MU
Kenneth J. Sher

Kenneth J. Sher, Preceptor

Curators' Professor, PI/Director
147 Psychology Building

Research area(s):

  • Etiological processes in alcohol use disorders
  • Individual differences in the acute effects of alcohol consumption
  • Prospective, high-risk studies with particular emphasis on personality variables and alcohol use motivations
  • Short and long-term consequences of excessive alcohol involvement
  • Comorbidity between alcohol use disorders and other psychological disorders
  • Cognitive and personality factors in anxiety, especially obsessive-compulsive phenomena
  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • Methodology in psychopathology research


Cadigan, J. M., Littlefield, A. K., Martens, M. P., & Sher, K. J. (2013). Transitions in and out of athletic involvement and risky drinking. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74, 21-29. PMID: 2320014

Epler, A. J., Tomko, R. L., Piasecki, T. M., Wood, P. K.,  Sher, K. J., Shiffman, S., &  Heath, A. C. (2014). Does hangover influence the time to next drink? An investigation using Ecological Momentary Assessment. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38, 1461-1469. PMID: 24688377

Haeny, A. M., Littlefield, A. K., & Sher, K. J. (2014). Repeated diagnoses of lifetime alcohol use disorders in a prospective study: Insights into the extent and nature of the reliability and validity problem. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38, 489-500. PMID: 24033811

Haeny, A. M.,  Littlefield, A. K., & Sher, K. J. (2014). False negatives in the assessment of lifetime alcohol use disorders: A serious but unappreciated problem. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75, 530-535PMID: 24766765

Jackson, K. M., Bucholz, K. K., Wood, P. K., Steinley, D., Grant, J. D., & Sher, K. J. (2014). Towards the characterization and validation of alcohol use disorder subtypes: Integrating consumption and symptom data. Psychological Medicine, 44, 143-159. PMID:23551901

Lee, M. R., Bartholow, B. D., McCarthy, D. M., Pedersen, S. L., & Sher, K. J. (2015). Two alternative approaches to conventional person-mean imputation scoring of the Self-Rating of the Effects of Alcohol Scale (SRE). Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29, 231-236.

Littlefield, A. K., Stevens, A., & Sher, K. J. (2014). Impulsivity and alcohol involvement: Multiple, distinct constructs and processes. Current Addiction Reports,1, 33-40.

Littlefield, A. K., Verges, A., Rosinski, J. M., Steinley, D., & Sher, K. J. (2013). Motivational typologies of drinkers: Do enhancement and coping drinkers form two distinct groups? Addiction, 108, 497-503. PMID: 22994420

Robertson, B. M., Piasecki, T. M., Slutske, W. S., Wood, P. K., Sher, K. J., Shiffman, S., & Heath, A. C. (2012). Validity of the Hangover Symptoms Scale: Evidence from an electronic diary study. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 36,171-177. PMID: 21762183

Sher, K. J., & Vergés, A. (2013). Addictive Behaviors. Oxford Bibliographies in Psychology. New York: Oxford

Sher, K. J., Winograd, R., & Haeny, A. (2013). Disorders of impulse control. In T. A. Widiger, & I. B. Weiner (Eds.) Comprehensive Handbook of Psychology, 2nd edition. Volume Eight: Clinical Psychology 217-239. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Trull, T. J., Verges, A., Wood, P. K., & Sher, K. J. (2013). The structure of DSM-IV-TR personality disorder diagnoses in NESARC: A reanalysis. Journal of Personality Disorders, 27, 727-734PMID: 23718818

Vergés, A., A., Haeny, A. M., Jackson, K. M., Bucholz, K. K., Grant, J., Trull, T. J., Wood, P. K., & Sher, K. J. (2013). Refining the notion of “maturing out”: Results from NESARC. American Journal of Public Health, 103, e67-e73. PMID: 24134383

Vergés, A., Kushner, M. G., Jackson, K. M., Bucholz, K. K., Trull, T. J., Lane, S. P., & Sher, K. J. (2014). Personality disorders and the persistence of anxiety disorders: Evidence of a time-of-measurement effect in NESARC. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28,178-186. PMID: 24211148

Verges, A., Jackson, K. M., Bucholz, K. K., Trull, T. J., Lane, S. P., & Sher, K. J. (2014). Personality disorders and the persistence of substance use disorders: A reanalysis of published NESARC findings. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 123, 809-820. PMID25314264

Winograd, R., & Sher, K. J. (2015). Binge drinking and alcohol misuse among college students and young adults. Cambridge, MA: Hogrefe.

Winograd, R., Littlefield, A. K., & Sher, K. J. (2012). Do people who 'mature out' of drinking see themselves as more mature? Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 36, 1212-1218PMID: 22324647

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2009 Curators of the University of Missouri. DMCA and other copyright information. An equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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