Alan Stacy received his doctorate in social and personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside (1986) and held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Washington and the University of Southern California.
Alan Stacy applies findings from basic research on cognitive neuroscience and memory to health behavior, including alcohol, tobacco, methamphetamine, and other drug use, HIV risk behavior, and dietary habits. He was one of the first researchers to apply basic research on implicit and automatic processing to health behavior, and the first to co-author a book on the topic (with R. Wiers). He has been principal investigator of a large NIH research center and NIH-funded projects applying this approach to diverse populations of high-risk adolescents, adult drug offenders, and college students. He also has applied the approach to the study of media effects. His most recent research evaluates neurocognitive dual-process models of health behavior in the US and the Netherlands, testing the effects of interactions between implicit memory systems and more deliberative (executive) systems. He also collaborates on research investigating the neural basis of links among associative memory, executive processes, and health behavior. He teaches research methods and theories of health behavior and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and two books.
University of California, Riverside, PHD, 1986 University of California, Riverside, MA, 1984
Fellowships (Public Health Service)
University of Washington (UW), 1986 - 1987 University of Southern California (USC), 1987 - 1988
Recent Selected Publications (from over 100) Stacy, A. W., Ames, S. W., Wiers, R. W., & Krank, M. (in press). Associative memory in appetitive behavior: Framework and relevance to epidemiology and prevention. In L. M. Scheier (Ed.), Handbook of Drug Use Etiology. Washington, D.C.: APA Books.
Wiers, R. W., Houben, K., Roefs, A., de Jong, P., Hofmann, W., & Stacy, A. W. (in press). Implicit cognition in health psychology. In B. Gawronski & K. Payne (Eds.), Handbook of Implicit Social Cognition: Measurement, Theory and Applications. New York: Guildford.
Zack, M., Sharpley, J., Dent, C. W., & Stacy, A. W. (2009). Context effects and false memory for alcohol words in adolescents. Addictive Behaviors, 2, 327-330.
Grenard, J. L., Ames, S. L., Wiers, R., Thush, C., Sussman, S., & Stacy, A. W. (2008). Working memory moderates the association between drug-related associations in memory and the frequency of substance use. Psychology of Addictive Behavior, 22, 426-432.
Wiers, R., Havermans, R., Deutsch, R., & Stacy, A. W. (2008). A mismatch with dual process models of addiction rooted in psychology. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31, 460-460.
Stacy, A. W., Ames, S.L., Ullman, J.B., Zogg, J.B., & Leigh, B.C. (2006). Spontaneous cognition and HIV risk behavior. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 20,196-206.
Wiers, R. W., & Stacy, A. W. (2006). Implicit cognition and addiction. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 15, 292-296.
Stacy, A. W., Ames, S. L., & Knowlton, B. J. (2004). Neurologically plausible distinctions in cognition relevant to drug use etiology and prevention. Substance Use & Misuse, 39(10-12), 1571-1623.
Stacy, A. W., Ames, S. L., & Leigh, B. C. (2004). An implicit cognition assessment approach to relapse, secondary prevention, and media effects. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 11, 139-149.
Stacy, A. W., Pearce, S. G., Zogg, J. B., Unger, J., & Dent, C. W. (2004). A nonverbal test of naturalistic memory for alcohol commercials. Psychology & Marketing, 212(4), 295-322. Recent Research Projects Serving as Principal Investigator
Dual Processes in HIV-Risk Behavior Transdisciplinary Drug Abuse Prevention Research Center Implicit and Explicit Cognition in Alcohol Advertising
Recent Research Projects Serving as Co-Investigator
Functional Imaging of Implicit Marijuana Associations during IAT Performance (Susan Ames, PI).