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Atika Khurana

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Contact Info

Office Location: 
369 HEDCO Education Building
Phone: 
(541) 346-5540
Faculty
Associate Professor; Program Director, Prevention Science
Education: 
Post-doc (2010-2012): Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. (2010): Human Development and Family Science (Minor: Quant Psych), The Ohio State University
Research and Outreach Unit(s): 

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 acaedmic 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 exciting strand of her research focuses on media and technology effects on adolescent health (e.g., sleeep) and risk behaviors (e.g., substance use, violence), examining the effects of personality factors (e.g., impulsivity, sensation seeking) and parenting behaviors (e.g., parental nvolvement, monitoring) on adolescent media use and its relation to health and risk 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 Statistics (IES), and featured on NIDA website and mainstream media outets like National Public Radio (NPR).

 

 

Publications: 

Recent Representative 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.

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.

Khurana, A., Romer, D., Betancourt, L. M., Brodsky, N. L., Giannetta, J. M., & Hurt, H. (2014). Experimentation vs. progression in adolescent drug use: A test of an emerging neurobehavioral imbalance model. Development and Psychopathology, 27(3), 901–913.

Khurana, A., Bleakley, A., Jordan, A. B., & Romer, D. (2014). The protective effects of parental monitoring and internet restriction on adolescents' risk of online harassment. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Khurana, A., Romer, D., Betancourt, L. M., Brodsky, N. L., Giannetta, J. M., & Hurt, H. (2013). Working memory ability predicts trajectories of early alcohol use in adolescents: The mediational role of impulsivity. Addiction, 108(3), 506-515.

Khurana, A., Romer, D., Betancourt, L. M., Brodsky, N. L., Giannetta, J. M., & Hurt, H. (2012). Early adolescent sexual debut: The mediating role of working memory ability, sensation seeking and impulsivity. Developmental Psychology, 48(5), 1416-1428.

Khurana, A., & Romer, D. (2012). Modeling the distinct pathways of influence of coping strategies on youth suicidal ideation: A national longitudinal study. Prevention Science, 13(6), 644-654.

Khurana, A., & Cooksey, E. C. (2012). Examining the effect of maternal sexual communication and adolescents’ perceptions of maternal disapproval on adolescent risky sexual involvement. Journal of Adolescent Health, 51(6), 557-565.