Erika Westling, Ph.D.

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Education & Training

B.A., 1996
Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Anthropology

M.A., 2002
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Social Psychology

Ph.D., 2007
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Social Psychology

Dr. Westling is an an early career scientist with experience working on several RO1 and R21 grant projects, as a Project Coordinator, Research Associate, and recently as an Associate Scientist and Co-Investigator (1 R01 DA031724; P.I.: M. J. Mason). Dr. Westling began working at ORI in 1996 as a research assistant in the areas of personality and health. She left in 2001 to pursue her Ph.D. in Social and Health Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and returned to ORI as a project coordinator while also finishing her dissertation (supported by a SAMHSA dissertation grant).

Current Projects

Peer Influence and Selection Mechanisms Underlying Adolescent Problem Behaviors

PROJECT PERIOD

09/30/13 - 06/30/18

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Active and Not Recruiting

TEAM

Principal Investigator
John Light, Julie Rusby

Co-Investigators
Erika Westling

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Social-Spatial Risk and Protective Mechanisms in Urban Adolescent Substance Use

PROJECT PERIOD

04/01/12 - 03/31/17

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Active and Not Recruiting

TEAM

Principal Investigator
John Light

Co-Investigators
Julie Rusby, Erika Westling

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Publications

Mason, M., Mennis, J., Light, J., Rusby, J., Westling, E., Crewe, S., . . . Zaharakis, N. (2016). Erratum to: Parents, Peers, and Places: Young Urban Adolescents' Microsystems and Substance Use Involvement. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 25, 1712-1712. doi: 10.1007/s10826-016-0392-y

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Andrews, J. A., Hampson, S. E., Severson, H. H., Westling, E., & Peterson, M. (2016). Perceptions and Use of E-cigarettes across Time among Emerging Adults. Tobacco Regulatory Science, 2, 70-81. doi: 10.18001/TRS.2.1.8

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Andrews, J. A., & Westling, E. (2016). Substance use in emerging adulthood. In J. J. Arnett, J. J. Arnett (Eds.) , The Oxford handbook of emerging adulthood (pp. 521-542). New York, NY, US: Oxford University Press.

Mason, M., Mennis, J., Way, T., Light, J., Rusby, J., Westling, E., & ... McHenry, C. (2015). Young adolescents' perceived activity space risk, peer networks, and substance use. Health & Place, 34, 143-149. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.04.005

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Rusby, J. C., Westling, E., Crowley, R., & Light, J. M. (2013). Psychosocial correlates of physical and sedentary activities of early adolescent youth. Health Education & Behavior, 41(1), 42-51. doi:10.1177/1090198113485753

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Rusby, J. C., Westling, E., Crowley, R., & Light, J. M. (2013). Concurrent and predictive associations between early adolescent perceptions of peer affiliates and mood states collected in real time via ecological momentary assessment methodology. Psychological Assessment, 25(1), 47–60. doi:10.1037/a0030393

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Westling, E., Andrews, J. A., & Peterson, M. (2012). Gender differences in pubertal timing, social competence, and cigarette use: A test of the early maturation hypothesis. Journal Of Adolescent Health, 51, 150-155.

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Stapleton, L., Schetter, C., Westling, E., Rini, C., Glynn, L. M., Hobel, C. J., & Sandman, C. A. (2012). Perceived partner support in pregnancy predicts lower maternal and infant distress. Journal Of Family Psychology, 26(3), 453-463. doi:10.1037/a0028332.

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Toobert, D. J., Strycker, L. A., Hampson, S. E., Westling, E., Christiansen, S. M., Hurley, T. G., & Hebert, J. R. (2011). Computerized portion-size estimation compared to multiple 24-hour dietary recalls for measurement of fat, fruit, and vegetable intake in overweight adults. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 111, 1578-1583.

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Westling, E. H. Hampson, S. E., Strycker, L.A., & Toobert, D. J. (2011). Use of Voter Registration Records to Recruit a Representative Sample, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 34, (5), 321-329.

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Westling, E., Andrews, J. A., Hampson, S. E., & Peterson, M.A. (2008). Pubertal timing and substance use: The effects of gender, parental monitoring and deviant peers. Journal of Adolescent Health, 42, 555-563. PMCID: PMC2435092  Abstract

Westling, E., Garcia, K., & Mann, T. (2007). Discovery of meaning and adherence to medications in HIV-infected women. Journal of Health Psychology, 12(4), 627-635.

Mann, T., Tomiyama, J., Westling, E., Lew, A., Samuels, B., & Chatman, J. (2007). Medicare’s search for effective obesity treatments: Diets are not the answer. American Psychologist, 62(3), 220-233.

Experience

2012-Present
Associate Scientist
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR

2009-2012
Research Associate
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR

2005-2009
Research Assistant III/Project Coordinator
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR

2005-2006
Graduate Research Assistant III
University of California, Los Angeles, CA

2002-2003
Graduate Research Assistant II
University of California, Los Angeles, CA

2002-2004
Graduate Teaching Assistant
University of California, Los Angeles, CA

2001-2004
Assistant Editor
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Electronic Newsletter

1996-2001
Research Assistant II
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR