Jeff Gau

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Research Associate
College of Education
Office: 354 Clinical Services Bldg
Research Interests: Research Methodology, Data Analyses, Eating Disorders, Substance Use


Mr. Gau is a Research Associate at the University of Oregon in the Center on Human Development. He has been involved in the analysis of longitudinal data, randomized trials, and group randomized trials for more than 20 years and has accumulated more than 90 peer-reviewed publications. His analytic contributions to the evaluation of longitudinal studies include the examination of main effects for randomized trials and group randomized trials, mediation, moderation, and survival analysis. 


M.S., 2006, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Major: Psychology

B.S., 1993, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Major: Psychology


Gau, J.M., Farmer, R.F., Seeley, J.R., Klein, D.N., & Kosty, D.B. (2020). Are parental alcohol use disorder histories associated with offspring behavior problems at age 2? Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 81(4), 511-519. doi: 10.15288/jsad.2020.81.511.

McCart, M., Glang, A.E., Slocumb, J., Gau, J., Beck, L., Gomez, D. (2020). A quasi-experimental study examining the effects of online traumatic brain injury professional development on educator knowledge, application, and efficacy in a practitioner setting. Disability and Rehabilitation. 42(17), 2430-2436. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2019.1578423.

Stormshak, E.A., Caruthers, A.S., Gau, J.M., & Winter, C. (2019).  The impact of recreational marijuana legalization on rates of use and behavior: A 10-year comparison of two cohorts from high school to young adulthood. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 33(7), 595-602. doi: 10.1037/adb0000508.

Smolkowski, K., Seeley, J.R., Gau, J.M., Dishion, T.J., Stormshak, E.A., Moore, K.J., Falkenstein, C.A., Fosco, G.M., Garbacz, S.A. (2017). Effectiveness evaluation of the Positive Family Support intervention: A three-tiered public health delivery model for middle schools. Journal of School Psychology, 62, 103-125. doi: 10.1016/j.jsp.2017.03.004.

Knowles, C., Murray, C., Gau, J., & Toste, J. (2019). Teacher-student working alliance among students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. doi: 10.1177/0734282919874268.


Mr. Gau’s research interest include epidemiological research, evaluation of prevention programs for eating disorders, evaluation of prevention programs for depression, evaluation of moderators and mediators of intervention effects.