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Cavanagh & Obasi (2015)

The moderating role of implicit alcohol-related cognitions in hazardous alcohol use. Addict Res Theory, 23(5), 380-390.

Substance Use & Abuse

Substance use is associated with negative behavioral outcomes (e.g., assault, injury, sexual violence, suicide), disease, and death. We are committed to finding real-world solutions to this preventable public health problem.

University of Houston
Professor | Associate Dean for Research, COE | Director, HEALTH Research Institute


Stress Physiology

We are currently studying the cross-talk between cultural phenomena, chronic exposure to environmental stressors, and stress-related biomarkers to better understand psychological and behavioral outcomes in at-risk populations.

Health Disparities

African Americans endure a disproportionate burden of injury, disability, disease and death with regard to substance use. We are currently investigating novel mechanisms that can be leveraged to inform prevention and treatment efforts.

Featured Press Releases

Obasi et. Al. (2017)

Obasi, E. M., Shirtcliff, E., Cavanagh, L., et al. (2017). Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Reactivity to Acute Stress: An Investigation into the Roles of Perceived Stress and Family Resources. Prevention Science, 18(8), 923-931.

Featured Research Papers

Current Research Interests

Obasi et. al, (2015) 

The relationship between alcohol consumption, perceived stress, and CRHR1 genotype on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in rural African Americans. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:832.