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Teen and Young Adult Lab

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© September 2019



* Indicates student/advisee author mentored by Dr. Choukas-Bradley.

^ Indicates Dr. Choukas-Bradley served as mentoring author.

Thoma, B. C., Salk, R. H., Choukas-Bradley, S., Levine, M. D., Goldstein, T. R., & Marshal, M. P. (in press). Suicidality disparities between transgender and cisgender adolescents. Pediatrics.

*Shensa, A., Sidani, J. E., Escobar-Viera, C. G., Primack, B., & ^Choukas-Bradley, S. (in press). Emotional support from social media and in-person relationships: Associations with depressive symptoms among young adults.

†Lazarus, S. A., †Choukas-Bradley, S., Beeney, J., Byrd, A., Vine, V., & Stepp, S. D. (in press). Too much too soon? Borderline personality disorder symptoms and romantic relationship functioning in adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. †First authorship for this paper is shared.

Widman, L., Kamke, K., Evans, R., Stewart, J. L., Choukas-Bradley, S., & Golin, C. E. (in press). Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of an online sexual health program for adolescents. Journal of Sex Research.

Widman, L., Evans, R., Javidi, H., & Choukas-Bradley, S. (in press). Assessment of parent-based interventions for adolescent sexual health: A systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatrics.


Choukas-Bradley, S., Nesi, J., Widman, L., & Higgins, M. K. (in press). Camera-ready: Young women’s appearance-related social media consciousness. Psychology of Popular Media Culture.

Choukas-Bradley, S., Nesi, J., Widman, L., & Noar, S. M. (2019). Examining the role of self-objectification and appearance expectations in young women’s indoor tanning behavior. Sex Roles, 80: 52-62. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-018-0913-9

Choukas-Bradley, S., Sheppard, C.S., Prinstein, M.J., & Abela, J.R.Z. (in press).  A cross-cultural examination of adolescent peer status and social correlates in the U.S. and China.  Merrill-Palmer Quarterly.

Choukas-Bradley, S. & Nesi, J. (invited book chapter, in press). Applying developmental theory to adolescent peer influence processes in the social media context. Invited for N. van Zalk & C. Monks (Eds.), Online Peer Engagement in Adolescence: Positive and Negative Aspects of Online Social Interaction. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. 

Widman, L., Nesi, J., Kamke, K., Choukas-Bradley, S., & Stewart, J. L. (2018). Technology-based interventions to reduce HIV/STIs and unintended pregnancy among youth: A meta-analysis. Journal of Adolescent Health, 62: 651-660. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.02.007

Nesi, J., Choukas-Bradley, S., & Prinstein, M. J. (2018). Transformation of adolescent peer relations in the social media context: Part 1—A theoretical review and application to dyadic peer relationships. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10567-018-0261-x

Nesi, J., Choukas-Bradley, S., & Prinstein, M. J. (2018). Transformation of adolescent peer relations in the social media context: Part 2—Application to peer group processes and future directions for research. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10567-018-0262-9

Trinh, S., & Choukas-Bradley, S. (2018). “No messages needed – just pats on the back”: Exploring young men’s reports of male and female friends’ sexual communications. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 19: 430-438.  https://doi.org/10.1037/men0000113

Eckstrand, K. L., Choukas-Bradley, S., Mohanty, A., Cross, M., Allen, N. B., Silk, J. S., . . . Forbes, E. E. (2017). Heightened activity in social reward networks is associated with adolescents’ risky sexual behaviors. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 27, 1-9. doi:http://dx.doi.org.pitt.idm.oclc.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2017.07.004

Nesi, J., Widman, L., Choukas‐Bradley, S., & Prinstein, M. J. (2017). Technology‐based communication and the development of interpersonal competencies within adolescent romantic relationships: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 27(2), 471-477. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jora.12274.

Widman, L., Choukas-Bradley, S., Helms, S. W., & Prinstein, M. J. (2016). Adolescent susceptibility to peer influence in sexual situations. Journal of Adolescent Health, 58(3), 323-329. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.10.253 

Widman, L., Choukas-Bradley, S., Noar, S. M., Nesi, J., & Garrett, K. P. (2016). Parent-adolescent sexual communication and adolescent safer sex behavior: A meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatrics, 170(1), 52-61. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.2731

Choukas-Bradley, S., Giletta, M., Cohen, G. L., & Prinstein, M. J. (2015). Peer influence, peer status, and prosocial behavior: An experimental investigation of peer socialization of adolescents’ intentions to volunteer. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44(12), 2197-2210. doi:10.1007/s10964-015-0373-2 

Choukas-Bradley, S., Goldberg, S. K., Widman, L., Reese, B. M., & Halpern, C. T. (2015). Demographic and developmental differences in the content and sequence of adolescents' ideal romantic relationship behaviors. Journal of Adolescence, 45, 112-126. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.08.019 

Helms, S. W., Gallagher, M., Calhoun, C. D., Choukas-Bradley, S., Dawson, G. C., & Prinstein, M. J. (2015). Intrinsic religiosity buffers the longitudinal effects of peer victimization on adolescent depressive symptoms. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 44, 471-479. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2013.865195 

Higgins, M. K., Choukas-Bradley, S., Crowder, E. E., & Bardone-Cone, A. M. (2015). Examining moderators of the relation between body consciousness during sexual activity and disordered eating. Advances in Eating Disorders. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21662630. 2015.1081074

Choukas-Bradley, S., Giletta, M., Neblett, E. W., & Prinstein, M. J. (2015). Ethnic differences in associations among popularity, likeability, and trajectories of adolescents’ alcohol use and frequency. Child Development, 86, 519-535. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12333 

Youngstrom, E. A., Choukas-Bradley, S., Calhoun, C. D., & Jensen-Doss, A. (2015). Clinical guide to the evidence-based assessment approach to diagnosis and treatment. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 22, 20-35. doi:10.1016/j.cbpra.2013.12.005 

Helms, S. W., Choukas-Bradley, S., Widman, L., Giletta, M., Cohen, G. L., & Prinstein, M. J. (2014). Adolescents misperceive and are influenced by high-status peers’ health risk, deviant, and adaptive behavior. Developmental Psychology, 50, 2697-2714. doi:10.1037/a0038178 

Reese, B. M., Choukas-Bradley, S., Herring, A. H., & Halpern, C. T. (2014). Correlates of adolescent and young adult sexual initiation patterns. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 46, 211-221. doi: 10.1363/46e2214 

Choukas-Bradley, S., Giletta, M., Widman, L., Cohen, G. L., & Prinstein, M. J. (2014). Experimentally measured susceptibility to peer influence and adolescent sexual behavior trajectories: A preliminary study. Developmental Psychology, 50, 2221-2227. doi:10.1037/a0037300 

Widman, L., Choukas-Bradley, S., Helms, S. W., Golin, C. E., & Prinstein, M. J. (2014). Sexual communication between early adolescents and their dating partners, parents, and best friends. Journal of Sex Research, 51, 731-741. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2013.843148 

Choukas-Bradley, S., & Prinstein, M. J. (2014). Peer relations and the development of psychopathology. In M. Lewis & K. D. Rudolph (Eds.), Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology (3rd ed.). New York: Springer. 

Widman, L., Noar, S. M., Choukas-Bradley, S., & Francis, D. B. (2014). Adolescent sexual health communication and condom use: A meta-analysis. Health Psychology, 33, 1113-1124. doi:10.1037/hea0000112 

Rancourt, D., Choukas‐Bradley, S., Cohen, G. L., & Prinstein, M. J. (2014). An experimental examination of peers' influence on adolescent girls' intent to engage in maladaptive weight‐related behaviors. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 47, 437-447. doi:10.1002/eat.22258 

Widman, L., Nesi, J., Choukas-Bradley, S., & Prinstein, M. J. (2014). Safe sext: Adolescents' use of technology to communicate about sexual health with dating partners. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54, 612-614. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.12.009 

Prinstein, M. J., Choukas-Bradley, S., & Guan, K. (2012). Deciding to apply and successfully gaining admission to graduate schools in psychology.  In M. J. Prinstein (Ed.), The portable mentor: Expert guide to a successful career in psychology (2nd ed.) New York: Springer.

Prinstein, M. J., Choukas-Bradley, S., Helms, S. W., Brechwald, W. A., & Rancourt, D. (2011).  High peer popularity longitudinally predicts adolescent health risk behavior, or does it? An examination of linear and quadratic associations. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36, 980-990. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsr053

Manuscripts & Book Chapters Currently Under Peer Review


* Indicates student/advisee author mentored by Dr. Choukas-Bradley.

^ Indicates Dr. Choukas-Bradley served as mentoring author.

Choukas-Bradley, S., Nesi, J., Widman, L., & Galla, B. M. (manuscript invited for resubmission). Appearance-related social media consciousness in adolescents: Scale development and validation.


Fox, K., Choukas-Bradley, S., Salk, R. H., Marshal, M. P., & Thoma, B. C. (manuscript invited for resubmission). Mental health among sexual and gender minority adolescents: Examining interactions with race and ethnicity. 

Salk, R. H., Thoma, B. C., & Choukas-Bradley, S. (manuscript invited for resubmission). The Gender Minority Youth Study: Using social media recruitment to examine mental health disparities between cisgender and transgender adolescents. †First authorship for this paper is shared.

Stewart, J. L., Spivey, L. A., Widman, L. Choukas-Bradley, S., & Prinstein, M. J. (manuscript invited for resubmission). Developmental patterns of sexual identity, romantic attraction, and sexual behavior among adolescents over three years.

Choukas-Bradley, S. & Thoma, B. (invited book chapter, under review). Mental health among LGBT youth. Invited for W. I. Wong & D. VanderLaan (Eds.), Gender and Sexuality Development: Contemporary Theory and Research. New York: Springer.

*Maheux, A. J., & ^Choukas-Bradley, S. (invited book chapter, under review). Sexuality and mental health in emerging adulthood. Invited for E. M. Morgan & M. H. M. van Dulmen (Eds.), Sexuality in Emerging Adulthood. New York: Oxford University Press. 

Choukas-Bradley, S., Hipwell, A. E., & Stepp, S. D. (manuscript under review). Developmental trajectories of adolescent girls’ borderline personality symptoms and sexual risk behaviors.

*Maheux, A. J., Evans, R., Widman, L., Nesi, J., Prinstein, M. J., & ^Choukas-Bradley, S. (manuscript under review). Popular peer norms and adolescent sexting behavior.

†Javidi, H., *†Maheux, A. J., Widman, L., Kamke, K., Choukas-Bradley, S., & Peterson, Z. D. (manuscript under review). Understanding adolescents’ attitudes toward affirmative consent. †First authorship for this paper is shared.

*Carrino, E. A., *Bryen, C. P., *Maheux, A. J., Stewart, J. L., Widman, L., & ^Choukas-Bradley, S. (manuscript under review). Equal rights or special treatment? A mixed methods investigation of adolescent girls’ and boys’ feminist self-labeling and definitions. 

Selected Media Coverage

"Parents, teach your kids about sex." (2019, August 13). The Doctor Will See You Now. Retrieved from http://www.thedoctorwillseeyounow.com/content/sex/art5934.html


“What happens when parents talk to kids frankly about sex?” (2019, July 29). U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved from https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2019-07-29/what-happens-when-parents-talk-to-kids-frankly-about-sex


“Children whose parents teach them about sex are less at risk of STIs and unwanted pregnancy because ‘they’re better at using condoms.’” (2019, July 29). The Daily Mail. Retrieved from https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7297503/Children-parents-teach-sex-better-using-condoms.html


“Talking with both daughters and sons about sex.” (2017, January 11). New York Times. Retrieved from https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/01/11/well/family/talking-about-sex-with-daughters-and-sons.html


“Internet-addled teens are worse at awkward, necessary dating conversations.” (2016, July 1). New York Magazine. Retrieved from http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/07/techy-teens-worse-at-dating-conversations.html

“The more parents talk to teens about sex, the safer their sex will be.” (2015, November 2). Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-more-parents-talk-to-teens-about-sex-the-safer-their-sex-will-be_us_5637a6dfe4b00aa54a4eeea


“Alas, you do have to talk to your teen about sex.” (2015, November 2). TIME. Retrieved from http://time.com/4094495/alas-you-do-have-to-talk-to-your-teen-about-sex


“The sex talk works, even if it makes you cringe.” (2015, November 2). NBC News. Retrieved from http://www.nbcnews.com/health/sexual-health/sex-talk-works-even-if-it-makes-you-cringe-n455981


“Sex, drugs, and pluralistic ignorance: Why smart groups do dumb things.” The Atlantic. (2015, January 9). Retrieved from https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2015/01/sex-and-drugs-and-high-school-but-also-social-psychology/384339/

“The popular crowd is having less sex and doing fewer drugs than high schoolers think.” Business Insider. (2015, January 9). Retrieved from http://www.businessinsider.com/the-popular-crowd-is-having-less-sex-and-doing-less-drugs-than-high-schoolers-think-2015-1 


“Teens who text about condoms more likely to practice safe sex: Study.” New York Daily News. (2014, February 10). Retrieved from http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/teens-texting-condoms-study-article-1.1621431