Ken C Winters, Ph.D.

Education & Training

B.A., 1976
University of Minnesota
Psychology

M.A., 1979
SUNY at Stony Brook, NY
Psychology - Clinical

Ph.D., 1982
SUNY at Stony Brook, NY
Psychology - Clinical

Ken C. Winters, Ph.D. is an adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychology (Clinical Science and Psychopathology Program), University of Minnesota, and a consultant to the Center for Personalized Prevention Research, University of Minnesota. Dr. Winters was a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota for 25 years, and also served as a Senior Scientist with the Treatment Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA. He founded and directed for 25 years the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (CASAR). He continues as an advisor to CASAR. Dr. Winters received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His primary research interests are the assessment and treatment of addictions, including adolescent drug abuse and problem gambling.

Current Projects

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Lifson, A. R., Workneh, S., Shenie, T., Ayana, D. A., Melaku, Z., Bezabih, L., . . . Winters, K. C., Slater, L. (2017). Prevalence and factors associated with use of khat: a survey of patients entering HIV treatment programs in Ethiopia. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, 12, 3-3. doi: 10.1186/s13722-016-0069-2

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Dembo, R., Robinson, R. B., Ungaro, R., Winters, K. C., & Karas, L. (2016). A Longitudinal Study of Truant Youths’ Involvement in Sexual Risk Behavior. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 25(2), 89–104. http://doi.org/10.1080/1067828X.2013.872069

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Samek, D. R., Bailey, J., Hill, K. G., Wilson, S., Lee, S., Keyes, M. A., ... Winters, K. C., McGue, M. (2016). A test-replicate approach to candidate gene research on addiction and externalizing disorders: a collaboration across five longitudinal studies. Behavior Genetics, 46(5), 608-626. DOI: 10.1007/s10519-016-9800-8

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Winters, K. C. (2016). Brief Interventions for Adolescents. Journal of Drug Abuse, 2(1), 14.

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Dembo, R., Wareham, J., Schmeidler, J., Briones-Robinson, R., & Winters, K. C. (2016). Differential effects of mental health problems among truant youths. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 43(3), 402-427. doi:10.1007/s11414-014-9435-6

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Laudet, A. B., Harris, K., Kimball, T., Winters, K. C., & Moberg, D. P. (2016). In college and in recovery: Reasons for joining a Collegiate Recovery Program. Journal Of American College Health: J Of ACH, 64(3), 238-246. doi:10.1080/07448481.2015.1117464

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Fidalgo, T. M., Silveira, E. D. d., Winters, K. C., & Silveira, D. X. d. (2016). Psychometric properties of the Brazilian version of the Personal Experience Screening Questionnaire. Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira, 62, 768-773. 

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Stinchfield, R., McCready, J., Turner, N. E., Jimenez-Murcia, S., Petry, N. M., Grant, J., … Winters, K. C. (2016). Reliability, validity, and classification accuracy of the dsm-5 diagnostic criteria for gambling disorder and comparison to DSM-IV. Journal of Gambling Studies, 32, 905–922. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10899-015-9573-7

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Mitchell, J. E., Steffen, K., Engel, S., King, W. C., Chen, J. Y., Winters, K., ... Elder, K. (2015). Addictive disorders after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 11(4), 897-905. DOI: 10.1016/j.soard.2014.10.026

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Tanner-Smith, E. E., Steinka-Fry, K. T., Hennessy, E. A., Lipsey, M. W., & Winters, K. C. (2015). Can brief alcohol interventions for youth also address concurrent illicit drug use? results from a meta-analysis. Journal Of Youth And Adolescence, 44(5), 1011-1023. doi:10.1007/s10964-015-0252-x

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Winters, K. C. (2015). Can parents provide brief intervention services to their drug-abusing teenager? Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 24(3), 134–141. http://doi.org/10.1080/1067828X.2013.777377

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Laudet, A., Harris, K., Kimball, T., Winters, K. C., & Moberg, D. P. (2015). Characteristics of students participating in collegiate recovery programs: A national survey. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 51, 38-46.

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Kaminer, Y., & Winters, K. C. (2015). DSM-5 Criteria for Youth Substance Use Disorders: Lost in Translation?. Journal Of The American Academy Of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 54(5), 350-351. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2015.01.016

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Mericle, A.A., Arria, A.M., Meyers, K., Cacciola, J., Winters, K.C., & Kirby, K. (2015). National trends in adolescent substance use disorders and treatment availability: 2003-2010. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 24, 255-263.

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Piehler, T. F., & Winters, K. C. (2015). Parental Involvement in Brief Interventions for Adolescent Marijuana Use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors?: Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors, 29(3), 512–521. http://doi.org/10.1037/adb0000106

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Dembo, R., Briones-Robinson, R., Barrett, K., Winters, K. C., Ungaro, R., Karas, L., & Belenko, S. (2015). Parenting practices among biological mothers of drug-involved truant youths: A latent profile analysis. Journal Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 24, 282-294.

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Dembo, R., Wareham, J., Krupa, J.M., & Winters, K.C. (2015). Sexual risk behavior among male and female truant youth: Exploratory, multi-group latent class analysis. Journal of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 3, 226. doi:10.4172/23296488.1000226

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Dembo, R., Briones-Robinson, R., Barrett, K., Winters, K. C., Ungaro, R., Karas, L., & ... Wareham, J. (2015). The validity of truant youths’ marijuana use and its impact on alcohol use and sexual risk taking. Journal Of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 24(6), 355-365. doi:10.1080/1067828X.2013.844089

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Bestrashniy, J., & Winters, K.C. (2015). Variability in medical marijuana laws in the United States. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29, 639-642. NIHMSID 706191

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Breyer, J., Lee, S.*, Winters, K.C., August, G.J., & Realmuto, G. (2014). A longitudinal study of childhood ADHD and substance dependence disorders in early adulthood. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28, 238-246. doi: 10.1037/a0035664 PubMed #24731117 

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Dembo, R., Briones-Robinson, R., Barrett, K., Ungaro, R., Winters, K. C., Belenko, S., & ... Wareham, J. (2014). Brief intervention for truant youth sexual risk behavior and marijuana use. Journal Of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 23(5), 318-333. doi:10.1080/1067828X.2014.928116

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Dembo, R., Briones Robinson, R., Schmeidler, J., Wareham, J., Ungaro, R., Winters, K. C., … Belenko, S. (2014). Brief Intervention Impact on Truant Youths’ Marijuana Use: 18-Month Follow-Up. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 23(5), 318–333.

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Bernat, D.H., Lenk, K.M., Nelson, T.F., Winters, K.C., & Toomey, T.L. (2014). College law enforcement and security department responses to alcohol-related incidents: A national study. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38, 2253-2259. 

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Winters, K.C., Tanner-Smith, E., Bresani, E., & Meyers, K. (2014). Current advances in the treatment of adolescent substance use. Adolescent Health, Medicine and Therapeutics, 5, 199-210. PMCID: PMC4241949

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Botzet, A. M., McIlvaine, P. W., Winters, K. C., Fahnhorst, T., & Dittel, C. (2014). Data collection strategies and measurement tools for assessing academic and therapeutic outcomes in recovery schools. Peabody Journal Of Education, 89(2), 197-213.

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Dembo, R., Briones-Robinson, R., Wareham, J., Schmeidler, J., Winters, K. C., Barrett, K., … Belenko, S. (2014). Impact of brief intervention services on drug using truant youth arrest charges over time. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 23(6), 375–388. http://doi.org/10.1080/1067828X.2012.741560

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Winters, K.C., Lee, S., Botzet, A., Fahnhorst, T., & Nicholson, A. (2014). One-year outcomes of a brief intervention for drug abusing adolescents. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28, 464-474. NIHMSID #600646

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Toomey, T.L., Nelson, T.F., Winters, K.C., Miazga, M., Lenk, K.M., & Erickson, D.J. (2013). Characterizing college systems for addressing student alcohol use: Latent class analysis of U.S four-year colleges. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74, 777-786.

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Dembo, R., Briones-Robinson, R., Barrett, K., Winters, K. C., Schmeidler, J., Ungaro, R. A., & ... Gulledge, L. (2013). Mental health, substance use, and delinquency among truant youth in a brief intervention project: A longitudinal study. Journal Of Emotional And Behavioral Disorders, 21(3), 176-192. doi:10.1177/1063426611421006

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Kaynak, Ö., Meyers, K., Caldeira, K. M., Vincent, K. B., Winters, K. C., & Arria, A. M. (2013). Relationships among parental monitoring and sensation seeking on the development of substance use disorder among college students. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 1457-1463. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.08.003

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Nyman, J. A., Dowd, B. E., Hakes, J. K., Winters, K. C., & King, S. (2013). Work and non-pathological gambling. Journal Of Gambling Studies, 29(1), 61-81. doi:10.1007/s10899-011-9290-9

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Lenk, K. M., Erickson, D. J., Nelson, T. F., Winters, K. C., & Toomey, T. L. (2012). Alcohol policies and practices among four-year colleges in the United States: Prevalence and patterns. Journal Of Studies On Alcohol And Drugs, 73(3), 361-367. doi:10.15288/jsad.2012.73.361

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Winters, K. C., Fahnhorst, T., Botzet, A., Lee, S., & Lalone, B. (2012). Regular article: Brief intervention for drug-abusing adolescents in a school setting: Outcomes and mediating factors. Journal Of Substance Abuse Treatment, 42, 279-288. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2011.08.005

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Dembo, R., Briones-Robinson, R., Ungaro, R. A., Gulledge, L. M., Karas, L. M., Winters, K. C., & ... Greenbaum, P. E. (2012). Emotional Psychological and Related Problems among Truant Youths: An Exploratory Latent Class Analysis. Journal Of Emotional And Behavioral Disorders, 20(3), 157-168.

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Arria, A. M., Mericle, A. A., Meyers, K., & Winters, K. C. (2012). Parental substance use impairment, parenting and substance use disorder risk. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 43, 114-122. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2011.10.001

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Kaminer, Y., & Winters, K. C. (2012). Proposed DSM?5 substance use disorders for adolescents: If you build it, will they come?. The American Journal On Addictions, 21(3), 280-281. doi:10.1111/j.1521-0391.2012.00217.x

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Dembo, R., Briones, R., Gulledge, L., Karas, L., Winters, K. C., Belenko, S., & Greenbaum, P. E. (2012). Stress, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Problems In a Sample of Diversion Program Youth: An Exploratory Latent Class Analysis. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 21(2), 130–155. http://doi.org/10.1080/1067828X.2012.662115

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Winters, K., Lee, S., Botzet, A., Fahnhorst, T., Realmuto, G., & August, G. (2011). A prospective examination of the association of stimulant medication history and drug use outcomes among community samples of ADHD youths. Journal Of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 20(4), 314-329. doi:10.1080/1067828X.2011.598834

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Winters, K. C., & Arria, A. (2011). Adolescent brain development and drugs. Prevention Researcher, 18(2), 21-24.

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Winters, K. C. (2011). Commentary on O'Brien: Substance Use Disorders in DSM-V when Applied to Adolescents. Addiction (Abingdon, England), 106, 882-897. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2010.03334.x

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Traci, L. T., Mark, J. M., Kathleen, M. L., Darin, J. E., Ken, C. W., & Toben, F. N. (2011). Enforcing alcohol policies on college campuses: Reports from college enforcement officials. Journal Of Drug Education, 41(3), 327-344. doi:10.2190/DE.41.3.f

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Dembo, R., Gulledge, L., Robinson, R. B., & Winters, K. C. (2011). Enrolling and engaging high-risk youths and families in community-based, brief intervention services. Journal Of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 20(4), 330-350.

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Dembo, R., Briones-Robinson, R., Ungaro, R., Karas, L., Gulledge, L., Greenbaum, P.E., Schmeidler, J., Winters, K.C., & Belenko, S. (2011). Problem profiles of at-risk youth in two service programs: A multi-group, exploratory latent class analysis. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 38, 988-1008. PMC303487

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Winters, K. C., Toomey, T., Nelson, T. F., Erickson, D., Lenk, K., & Miazga, M. (2011). Screening for Alcohol Problems Among 4-Year Colleges and Universities. Journal Of American College Health, 59(5), 350-357. doi:10.1080/07448481.2010.509380

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Winters, K. C., Toomey, T., Nelson, T. F., Erickson, D., Lenk, K., & Miazga, M. (2011). Screening for alcohol problems among 4-year colleges and universities. Journal Of American College Health, 59(5), 350-357. doi:10.1080/07448481.2010.509380

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Winters, K. C., Botzet, A. M., & Fahnhorst, T. (2011). Advances in adolescent substance abuse treatment. Current Psychiatry Reports, 13(5), 416-421. doi:10.1007/s11920-011-0214-2

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Gans, J., Falco, M., Schackman, B. R., & Winters, K. C. (2010). An in-depth survey of the screening and assessment practices of highly regarded adolescent substance abuse treatment programs. Journal Of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 19(1), 33-47.

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Nelson, T. F., Toomey, T. L., Lenk, K. M., Erickson, D. J., & Winters, K. C. (2010). Implementation of NIAAA College Drinking Task Force recommendations: how are colleges doing 6 years later?. Alcoholism, Clinical And Experimental Research, 34(10), 1687-1693. doi:10.1111/j.1530-0277.2010.01268.x

Arria, A., Moe, J., & Winters, K.C. (2010). Parenting challenges in recovery. Counselor the magazine for addiction professionals, 11, 10-17.

Lee, C. S., Winters, K. C., & Wall, M. M. (2010). Trajectories of substance use disorders in youth: Identifying and predicting group memberships. Journal Of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 19(2), 135-157. doi:10.1080/10678281003634975

Experience

2015 - present Founder and Director, Winters Consulting Group

2015 - present Advisor, Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, University of Minnesota

2015 - present Consultant, Center for Personalized Prevention Research, University of Minnesota

2015 - present Science Advisor, Institute on Behavioral Health

2006 - 2015 Senior Scientist, Treatment Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA

2005 - present Adjunct Faculty, Clinical Science and Psychopathology Program, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota

2004 - 2015 Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota

2001 - 2015 Graduate Faculty, Graduate School, University of Minnesota

2001 - 2008 Faculty Director, Addiction Studies Program, College of Continuing Education, University of Minnesota

1997 - 2004 Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota

1973 - 1977 Psychiatric Aide, Hennepin County General Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1997- 2015 Graduate Faculty, Department of Psychology, Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research Program, University of Minnesota

1989 - 2015 Founder and Director, Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, University of Minnesota