Portrait of Alan Stacy
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  • Degrees
    PhD, University of California, Riverside
    MA, University of California, Riverside
  • Research Interests
    Application of theories and methods of human memory; Cognitive neuroscience and social cognition to health behavior: etiology, prevention, and media effects; Translation of basic research to field research, high-risk populations, and prevention; Validation issues in assessment

Alan Stacy is a professor and associate dean for faculty affairs in Claremont Graduate University’s School of Community & Global Health. Although much of this research has been focused on how cues trigger risky behavior and cognitions related to addiction and HIV-risk, this work is highly relevant to most preventive habits because of the focus on cues that prompt both risky and preventive actions. Most of his research has been in at-risk adolescent and young adult populations.

Stacy received his doctorate in social and personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside, before holding postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Washington and the University of Southern California.

Stacy was one of the first to apply basic research on automatic memory processes and implicit cognition to habits relevant to health behavior. He has been principal investigator on a number of previous RO1 projects translating basic research to novel theories of diverse health behaviors and is currently co-investigator on two dietary projects (UO1 on new dietary interventions; RO1 on neurocognitive processes in dietary habits). He has also served as director of the USC Transdisciplinary Drug Abuse Prevention Research Center (NIH P50), which translated basic research findings to new interventions, and as a co-principal investigator on previous large, successful preventive intervention trials (RO1s) and several neural imaging projects funded by NIH.

His most recent collaborative research has begun to investigate the interplay of these processes with neurally supported specific executive functions such as working memory and affective decision making; this recent research also investigates the neural correlates of implicit and more controlled processes (Addiction Biology, 2014). He also has developed a variety of measures of associative memory processes in health behavior, some of which have been shown to have the best effect sizes among all alternative measures in a recent, independent meta-analysis of studies on implicit cognition and addiction.

Co-authored with Susan L. Ames, et al. “Associative Memory in Appetitive Behavior: Framework and Relevance to Epidemiology and Prevention.” In Handbook of Drug Use Etiology: Theories Methods, and Empirical Findings, edited by L. M. Scheier. Washington, DC: APA Books, 2010.

Co-authored with R. Wiers, et al. “Implicit Cognition in Health Psychology: Why Common Sense Goes Out the Window.” Handbook of Implicit Social Cognition: Measurement, Theory and Applications, edited by B. Gawronski and K. Payne, 463-80. New York: Guildford, 2010.

Co-authored with M. Zack, et al. “Context Effects and False Memory for Alcohol Words in Adolescents.” Addictive Behaviors 2 (2009): 327–30.

Co-authored with J. L. Grenard, J. L., et al. “Working memory moderates the association between drug-related associations in memory and the frequency of substance use.” Psychology of Addictive Behavior 22 (2008): 426–32.

Co-authored with R. Wiers, et al. “A mismatch with dual process models of addiction rooted in psychology.” Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (2008): 460.

Co-authored with Susan L. Ames, et al. “Spontaneous cognition and HIV risk behavior.” Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 20 (2006): 196–206.

Advanced Research Design
Theoretical Foundations in Health Promotion and Education