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Stephen Wilson

Stephen Wilson

Associate Professor of Psychology

311 Moore Building
Office Phone: (814) 865-6219


  1. Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2008


Research Interest

My graduate training was in the areas of clinical and biological/health psychology and cognitive neuroscience. My research interests reflect this interdisciplinary background. Along with a fantastic group of students and staff, I study substance use and other types of behavior that negatively affect health. Our research combines theories and methods from the fields of psychology and neuroscience. One major focus of our work is cigarette smoking, which is a form of substance use that is particularly harmful and costly. Our current projects in this area are largely organized around three interrelated questions: First, what causes people to fail when they try to quit smoking (or to forgo quitting in the first place)? Second, how do certain individual differences (e.g., sex, personality traits) make people more or less successful at quitting smoking? Third, what are the best strategies to teach people to make them more successful when trying to quit smoking? Although much of our research focuses on cigarette smoking, we view our work as highly relevant to drug addiction and other behaviors that have a negative impact on health. Recently, our work has expanded to begin exploring some of these related behavioral domains, with an emphasis on overeating and overweight/obesity. You can learn more about the research being conducted in the Addiction, Smoking, and Health Laboratory by using this link to visit our lab website.

Representative Publications

Hobkirk, A.L., Nichols, T.T., Foulds, J., Yingst, J.M., Veldheer, S., Hrabovsky, S., Richie, J., Eissenberg, T., & Wilson, S.J. (2018). Changes in resting state functional brain connectivity and withdrawal symptoms are associated with acute electronic cigarette use. Brain Research Bulletin, 138, 56-63.

MacLean, R.R., Martino, S., Carroll, K.M., Smyth, J.M., Pincus, A.L., & Wilson, S.J. (2017). Momentary associations between valuing health and reported craving in daily smokers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 19(6), 716-722.  

Manglani, H.R., Lewis, A.H., Wilson, S.J., Delgado, M.R. (2017). Pavlovian-to-instrumental transfer of nicotine and food cues in deprived cigarette smokers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 19(6), 670-676.

Wilson, S. J., & Sayette, M. A. (2015). Neuroimaging craving: urge intensity matters. Addiction, 110(2), 195-203.

Wilson, S. J., Smyth, J. M., & MacLean, R. R. (2014). Integrating ecological momentary assessment and functional brain imaging methods: New avenues for studying and treating tobacco dependence. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16(Suppl_2), S102-S110.  

Zelle, S.L., Gates, K.M., Fiez, J.A., Sayette, M.A., & Wilson, S.J. (2017). The first day is always the hardest: Functional connectivity during cue exposure and the ability to resist smoking in the initial hours of a quit attempt. NeuroImage, 151, 24-32.  

Research Interests:

Clinical (Adult and Child):
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