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Search Program Faculty/Research

Donald M. Dougherty, Ph.D.



Dr. Donald Dougherty's research interests are focused on understanding impulsive behaviors, with primary emphasis on problems associated with drug abuse and suicidality. 

Current projects include examining how drug abuse and early stressful life events adversely affect adolescent development of impulse control, and their relationship to the development of other adolescent psychopathology. 

Additionally, his interests include the identification of biological and behavioral risk factors for child and adult psychopathology.

Selected Publications

Sheftall AH, Mathias CW, Furr RM, Dougherty DM. Adolescent attachment security, family functioning, and suicide attempts. Attach Hum Dev. 2013;15(4):368-83.

Dougherty DM, Mathias CW, Dawes MA, Furr RM, Charles NE, Liguori A, Shannon EE, Acheson A. Impulsivity, attention, memory, and decision-making among adolescent marijuana users. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2013 Mar;226(2):307-19. 

Leffingwell TR, Cooney NJ, Murphy JG, Luczak S, Rosen G, Dougherty DM, Barnett NP. Continuous objective monitoring of alcohol use: twenty-first century measurement using transdermal sensors. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2013 Jan;37(1):16-22.

Dougherty DM, Charles NE, Acheson A, John S, Furr RM, Hill-Kapturczak N. Comparing the detection of transdermal and breath alcohol concentrations during periods of alcohol consumption ranging from moderate drinking to binge drinking. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2012 Oct;20(5):373-81.

James, L. M., Mathias, C. W., Bray, B. C., Cates, S. E., Farris, S. J., Dawes, M. A., Hill-Kapturczak, N., Dougherty, D. M.  (2013). Acquisition of rater agreement for the stressful life events schedule.  Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 1:124.



Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, Ohio University, 1992

M.S., Experimental Psychology, Ohio University, 1990

A.S., Airway Science, Alabama Aviation & Technical College, 1987

B.S., Psychology, Bridgewater College, 1985



Phone: (210) 567-2726

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