John M. Light, Ph.D.

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Education & Training

B.A., 1970
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Political Science

M.A., 1973
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Sociology

Ph.D., 1975
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Mathematical Sociology

Dr. Light holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Sociology from UCLA. His primary interests are child and adolescent social development, social influence, social networks, and mathematical approaches to social dynamics. Prior to joining ORI, he held teaching positions in sociology and statistics at Princeton University, The University of California at Riverside, and Pomona College, and more recently held research appointments at UCLA, the Prevention Research Center, UC San Diego, and the University of Oregon.

Current Projects

Enlisting Peer Cooperation and Prosociality in the Service of Substance Use Prevention in Middle School

PROJECT PERIOD

09/05/15 - 06/30/18

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

CURRENT STATUS

Active and Not Recruiting

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Mark Van Ryzin

Co-Investigators
Anthony Biglan, John Light

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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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Emergent Social Environments as Predictors of Recovery Resident Outcomes

PROJECT PERIOD

06/01/15 - 05/31/20

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

CURRENT STATUS

Active and Not Recruiting

TEAM

Principal Investigator
John Light

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Ecological Momentary Assessment of Peer Affiliation, Perceptions, and Behavior

PROJECT PERIOD

06/01/09 - 05/31/11

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Julie Rusby

Co-Investigators
Anthony Biglan, John Light

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Adolescent Peer Social Network Dynamics and Problem Behavior

PROJECT PERIOD

04/01/08 - 04/30/14

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
John Light

Co-Investigators
Anthony Biglan, Julie Rusby

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Publications

Light, J. M., Jason, L. A., Stevens, E. B., Callahan, S., & Stone, A. (2016). A Mathematical Framework for the Complex System Approach to Group Dynamics: The Case of Recovery House Social Integration. Group Dynamics, 20, 51-64. doi: 10.1037/gdn0000040

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Mennis, J., Mason, M., Light, J., Rusby, J., Westling, E., Way, T., . . . Flay, B. (2016). Short communication: Does substance use moderate the association of neighborhood disadvantage with perceived stress and safety in the activity spaces of urban youth? Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 165, 288-292.

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Jason, L. A., Light, J., & Callahan, S. (2016). Dynamic social networks. In L. A. Jason, D. S. Glenwick, L. A. Jason & D. S. Glenwick (Eds.), Handbook of methodological approaches to community-based research: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. (pp. 219-229). New York, NY, US: Oxford University Press.

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Mason, M., Mennis, J., Light, J., Rusby, J., Westling, E., Crewe, S., . . . Zaharakis, N. (2016). 'Parents, peers, and places: Young urban adolescents’ microsystems and substance use involvement': Erratum. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 1712-1712. doi: 10.1007/s10826-016-0392-y

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Mason, M., Mennis, J., Light, J., Rusby, J., Westling, E., Crewe, S., Way, T., Flay, B., & Zaharakis, N. (2016) Parents, peers and places: Young urban adolescents’ microsystems and substance use involvement. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 1441–1450.

Jason, L. A., Stevens, E., & Light, J. M. (2016). The relationship of sense of community and trust to hope. Journal of Community Psychology, 44, 334-341. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21771

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Stone, A., Jason, L. A., Light, J. M., & Stevens, E. B. (2016). The role of ego networks in studies of substance use disorder recovery. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 34, 315-328. doi: 10.1080/07347324.2016.1182818

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Stevens, E., Jason, L. A., Ram, D., & Light, J. (2015). Investigating Social Support and Network Relationships in Substance Use Disorder Recovery. Substance Abuse, 36(4), 396-399. doi:10.1080/08897077.2014.965870

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Mason, M., Light, J., Campbell, L., Keyser-Marcus, L., Crewe, S., Way, T., & ... McHenry, C. (2015). Peer Network Counseling with Urban Adolescents: A Randomized Controlled Trial with Moderate Substance Users. Journal Of Substance Abuse Treatment, doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2015.06.013

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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Light, J. M., Rusby, J. C., Nies, K. M., & Snijders, T. B. (2014). Antisocial behavior trajectories and social victimization within and between school years in early adolescence. Journal Of Research on Adolescence, 24(2), 322-336.

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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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Jason, L.A., Light, J.M., Stevens, E.B., & Beers, K. (2013). Dynamic social networks in recovery homes. American Journal of Community Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10464-013-9610-6

Light, J., Greenan, C., Rusby, J., Nies, K., & Snijders, T. (2013). Onset to first alcohol use in early adolescence: A network diffusion model. Journal Of Research On Adolescence, 23(3), 487-499. doi:10.1111/jora.12064

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Mason, B.J., Crean, R., Goodell, V., Light, J.M., Quello, S., Shadan, F., Buffkins, K., Kyle, M., Adusumalli, M., Begovic, A., & Rao, S. (2012). A proof-of-concept randomized controlled study of gabapentin: Effects on cannabis use, withdrawal and executive function deficits in cannabis-dependent adults. Neuropsychopharmacology, 37, 1689–1698.

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Boyd-Ball, A.B., Dishion, T.J., Myers, M.W., & Light, J.M. (2011). Predicting American Indian adolescent substance use trajectories following inpatient treatment. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 10, 181–201.

Schaefer, D.R., Light, J.M., Fabes, R.A., Hanish, L.D., & Martin, C.L. (2010). Fundamental principles of network formation among preschool children. Social Networks, 32, 61-71.

Mason, B.J., Light, J.M., Escher, T., & Drobes, D.J. (2008). Effect of positive and negative affective stimuli and beverage cues on measures of craving in non treatment-seeking alcoholics. Psychopharmacology, 200, 141-150.

Mason, B.J., Light, J.M., Williams, L.D., & Drobes, D.J.  (2008). Proof-of-concept human laboratory study for protracted abstinence in alcohol dependence: effects of gabapentin. Addiction Biolog, 14, 73-83.

Light, J.M., & Dishion, T.J. (2007). Early adolescent antisocial behavior and peer rejection: A dynamic test of a developmental hypothesis. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 118,  77-89.

Stormshak, E.A., Dishion, T.J., Light, J.M., & Yasui, M. (2005) Implementing family-centered interventions within the public middle school: Linking service delivery to change in problem behavior. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 33, 723-733.

Russell, M., Light, J.M., & Gruenewald, P.J. (2004) Alcohol Consumption and Problems: The Relevance of Drinking Patterns. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 28: 921-930.

Light, J.M., Grube, J.W., Madden, P.A., & Gover, J. (2003) Adolescent alcohol use and suicidal ideation: A nonrecursive model.  Addictive Behaviors, 28 (4), 705-724.

Gruenewald, P.J., Johnson, F., Light, J.M., & Saltz, R., (2003) Drinking to extremes: Theoretical and empirical analyses of very heavy drinking among college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol 64(6), 817-824.

Walker, S., Treno, A.J., Grube, J.W., & Light, J.M. (2003) Ethnic differences in adolescent driving after drinking and riding with drinking drivers. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 27(8), 1299-1304.

Gruenewald, P.J., Johnson, F., Light, J.M., Lipton, R., & Saltz, R., (2003) Understanding college drinking: Assessing dose-response from survey self-reports. Journal of Studies on Alcohol,64(4), 500-514.

Gruenewald, P.J., Russell, M., Light, J.M., Lipton, R., Searles, J., Johnson, F., Trevisan, M., Freudenheim, J., Muti, P., Carosella, A.M., & Nochajski, T.H.,(2002)  One drink to a lifetime of drinking: Temporal structures of drinking patterns.  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 26(6), 916-925.

Moore, R. S., Light, J.M., Ames, G.M., & Saltz, R.F.  (2001) General and job-related alcohol use and correlates in a municipal workforce.  American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 27(3), 543-560.

Light, J. M., Grigsby, J. S., & Bligh, M.,  (1996) Aging and heterogeneity: Genetics, social structure, and personality. The Gerontologist, 36(2), 165-173.

Light, J. M., Irvine, K. M., & Kjerulf, L. (1996). Estimating genetic and environmental effects of alcohol use and dependence from a national survey: a ‘quasi-adoption’ study. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 57(6), 507-520.

Experience

2009-Present
Research Scientist
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR

2005-2009
Associate Scientist
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR 

2005-Present
Associate Scientist
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR

2003-2005
Methodologist/Associate Scientist
Child and Family Center, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

2001-2003
Senior Statistician
Department of Psychology, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA

1998-2001
Associate Scientist
Prevention Research Center, Berkeley, CA

1997-1998
Senior Statistician
Drug Abuse Research Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

1996-1997
Senior Statistician
Neuropsychiatric Institute, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

1994-1996
Research Scientist
Vermont Alcohol Research Center, Colchester, VT

1983-1994
Principal Computer Consultant
J.M. Light & Associates, Claremont, CA

1980-1983
Director of Information Services
Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, New York, NY

1975-1980
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

1970-1975
Programmer/Analyst
Survey Research Center and Graduate School of Education, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA