Atika Khurana

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Biography

Dr. Khurana will be accepting 1-2 PhD students in Prevention Science or Counseling Psychology for Fall 2019. She also advises Prevention Science masters students.

Dr. Khurana is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department and Research Scientist at the Prevention Science Institute. She is the current Program Director for the Prevention Science PhD, MS, and MEd programs.

Dr. Khurana's research takes a developmental-ecological approach to understanding and preventing maladaptive risk-taking during adolescence, including substance abuse and dependence, sexual risk-taking, aggression, and academic disengagement. Her recent work has focused on the neuropsychological predictors of adolescent risk-taking, i.e., the effects of executive control and reward sensitivity on adolescent experimentation vs. progression on risk-taking trajectories. Another strand of her research focuses on examining media and technology effects on adolescent health and risk behaviors, in the context of personality factors (e.g., impulsivity, sensation seeking) and parenting behaviors. She also has expertise in latent variable and multi-level modeling, mediation and moderation analysis, missing data and longitudinal data analysis. Dr. Khurana's research has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the Instititute of Education Sciences (IES), and featured on NIDA website and mainstream media outets like National Public Radio (NPR).

Education

Post-doc, 2010-2012, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania
 
2010, Post-doc researcher, Ohio State University 
 
Ph.D., 2010,  The Ohio State University
Major: Human Development and Family Science
Minor: Quantitative Psychology

Honors and Awards

2014 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Early Career Poster Award, 2014 American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention.
2014 SPR Minority Travel Award, 2014 Society for Prevention Research (SPR) Annual Meeting
2013 Distinguished Research Fellow, The Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania
2013 SPR Early Career Prevention Network (ECPN) Travel Award, 2013 Society for Prevention Research (SPR) Annual Meeting
2013 Faculty Research Award, University of Oregon, Office of Research, Innovation, and Graduate Education, University of Oregon
2010 Graduate Associate Teaching Award, The Ohio State University, University’s highest recognition of exceptional teaching by a graduate student
2010 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Travel Award, 2010 Add Health Users Conference, Bethesda MD
2009 Professional/Graduate Student Research Award, Criminal Justice Research Center, The Ohio State University
2009 Graduate Associate Teaching Award Nomination. Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University
2008 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University
2008 First prize (Paper Presentation), 13th Annual Diversity Forum and Graduate Student Symposium, College of Ed and Human Ecology, Ohio State University
2008 Graduate Associate Teaching Award Nomination, Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University
2007 Graduate Associate Teaching Award Nomination, Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University
2005 Best All-round Graduate Student Award. Panjab University, India.
2005 Gold Medal conferred for securing first position in Masters, Panjab University, India.
2003 Gold Medal conferred for securing first position in Bachelors, Panjab University, India

Publications

Khurana, A., Bleakley, A., Ellithorpe M. E., Hennessy, M., Jamieson, P., & Weitz, I. (Accepted). Sensation seeking and impulsivity can increase exposure to risky media and moderate its effects on adolescent risk behaviors. Prevention Science.
 
Khurana, A., Bleakley, A., Ellithorpe M. E., Hennessy, M., Jamieson, P., & Weitz, I. (2018). Media violence exposure and aggression in adolescents: A risk and resilience perspective. Aggressive Behavior.
 
Defoe, N. I., Khurana, A., Romer, D., Betancourt, L., & Hurt, H. (2018). Disentangling longitudinal relations between youth cannabis use, peer cannabis use, and conduct problems: Developmental cascading links to cannabis use disorder. Addiction.
 
Khurana, A., Romer, D., Betancourt, L., & Hurt, H. (2018). Modeling trajectories of sensation seeking and impulsivity dimensions from early to late adolescence: Universal trends or distinct sub-groups? Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 47(9), 1992-2005.
 
Santillan, J., & Khurana, A. (2017). Developmental associations between bilingual experience and inhibitory control trajectories in Head Start children. Developmental Science.
 
Khurana, A., Romer, D., Betancourt, L., & Hurt, H. (2017). Working memory ability and early drug use progression as predictors of adolescent substance use disorders. Addiction, 112(7), 1220-1228.
 
Khurana, A., Romer, D., Betancourt, L. M., Brodsky, N. L., Giannetta, J. M., & Hurt, H. (2015). Stronger working memory reduces sexual risk-taking in adolescents, even after controlling for parental influences. Child Development, 86(4), 1125-1141.