2011 B.A. Psychology, University of California Berkeley
2016 M.S. Clinical Psychology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
I am currently a fourth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program.
My research aims to prevent disparities related to health-risk behaviors and to promote healthy behavior and psychological well-being among those at high risk due to sociodemographic disadvantage. Specifically, I am interested in health disparities associated with substance abuse and risky sexual behavior that disproportionately affect African Americans. To this end, I examine cross-cultural and within-group differences in risk and promotive factors that contribute to these behaviors. The ultimate goal of my research is to inform and develop early interventions that promote healthier behavior across the lifespan, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities.
I currently conduct research within Dr. Zapolski's PRISM (Prevention Research In Substance Use & Minority Health) Lab, which focuses on risk for substance use and other health-risk behaviors among African Americans. My current research projects examine 1) racial differences in the relationship between alcohol expectancies and alcohol use among adolescents, 2) patterns of single and poly-substance use and their relationship to substance-related problems among adolescents of various racial/ethnic groups, and 3) factors contributing to risky sexual behavior and HIV/STI risk among African Americans.
Banks, D. E., Rowe, A. T., Mpofu, P., & Zapolski, T.C.B. (in press). Trends in typologies of concurrent alcohol, marijuana and cigarette use among US adolescents: An ecological examination by sex and race/ethnicity. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
Banks, D. E., Zapolski, T. C. B. (2017). Racial differences in the link between alcohol expectancies and adolescent drinking. Addictive Behaviors, 67, 34-37. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.12.005
Zapolski, T. C. B., Baldwin, P., Banks, D. E., & Stump, T. E. (2017). Does a crossover age effect exist for African American and Hispanic binge drinkers? Findings from the 2010-2013 National Study on Drug Use and Health. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. doi:10.1111/acer.13380
Zapolski, T. C. B., Fisher, S., Banks, D. E., Hensel, D. J., & Barnes-Najor, J. V. (in press). Examining the protective effect of ethnic identity on drug attitudes and use among a diverse youth population. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi:10.1007/s10964-016-0605-0
See active research and recent publications at iupuiprismlab.com/research