Professor of Psychology, School of Psychology and Counseling



  • Psychological Statistics (undergraduate)
  • Psychology of Substance Use (undergraduate/graduate)
  • Research Methods and Psychometrics (graduate)
  • Research Design and Analysis I (graduate)
  • Research Design and Analysis II (graduate)


  • Motivational models of alcohol use/substance use
  • Application of micro-longitudinal research methods in understanding the stress and coping process and health-related behavior (e.g., alcohol use)


  • BA, Temple University, 1987
  • PhD, University of Delaware, 1998

Academic Profile

My main area of research focuses on the dynamic processes related to substance use within the context of the stress and coping process. Much of this work entails modeling the within-person associations among daily negative events, coping strategies, affective states, and health-related behaviors (e.g., alcohol consumption) as they unfold in everyday life, and how these processes vary as a function of relevant individual difference factors. This approach — sometimes referred to as daily process modeling — entails time-intensive data collection strategies wherein individuals report on such variables daily or multiple times a day, for periods ranging from several days to several months. My recent work focuses on the proximal antecedents and outcomes of drinking for coping reasons (i.e., drinking to cope motivation) — a robust predictor of drinking-related problems and alcohol use disorders. One key area we are examining is how these daily micro-processes change over longer periods of time (e.g., college years to post-college years) during emerging adulthood and whether changes in these processes parallel changes in drinking-related problems.

Below is a sample of recent work my colleagues and I have published on these topics:

Armeli, S., Hamilton, H. R., Hammen, C., & Tennen, H. (2021). Romantic relationship status, stress, and maturing out of problematic drinking. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Shank, F., Armeli, S., Hamilton, H. R., & Tennen, H. (2020). Post-college changes in the association between drinking motives and drinking-related problems. Addictive Behaviors, 111.

Armeli, S., Covault, J., and Tennen, H. (2018). Long-term changes in the effects of episode-specific drinking to cope with motivation on daily well-being. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 32(7), 715–726.

Ehrenberg, E., Armeli, S., Howland, M., and Tennen, H. (2016). A daily process examination of episode-specific drinking to cope motivation among college students. Addictive Behaviors, 5769-75.

Armeli. S., O’Hara, R. E., Ehrenberg, E., Sullivan, T. P., and Howard Tennen, H., (2014) Episode-specific drinking to cope motivation, daily mood and fatigue-related symptoms among college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75, 766-774.

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