Dr Khurana's research takes a developmental-ecological approach to understanding and preventing maladaptive risk-taking during adolescence, including substance misuse and dependence, sexual risk-taking behaviors and related outcomes, and academic disengagement. Her recent projects focus on the neuropsychological predictors of adolescent risk-taking, such as executive control and reward sensitivity, and their interactive effects over the course of adolescence. Another exciting strand of her research focuses on media and technology effects on adolescent risk behaviors. For one of her projects, she is examining the effects of personality predictors (e.g., impulsivity, sensation seeking) and parenting behaviors (e.g., parental mediation, monitoring) on adolescent media use and its relation to risk-taking behaviors. She also has expertise in latent variable and multi-level modeling, mediation and moderation analysis, missing data and longitudinal data analysis.
Selected Recent Publications:
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., & Bleakley, A. (2015). Young adults’ sources of contraceptive information: Variations based on demographic characteristics and sexual risk behaviors. Contraception, 91(2), 157-163.
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.
Buettner, C. K., Khurana, A., & Slesnick, N. (2011). Drinking at college parties: Examining the influence of student host-status and party-location. Addictive Behaviors, 36(12), 1365-1368.