Faculty Profile: Nadine Mastroleo, PhD

Nadine Mastroleo
Nadine Mastroleo, PhD
Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)
Bio Med Alcohol & Addiction
Work: +1 401-863-6624


Nadine Mastroleo completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from The Pennsylvania State University. Her primary area of research focus is on evaluating brief alcohol interventions and the process by which they influence behavior change with college students, as well as the implementation of multi-risk brief, behavioral interventions with Emergency Department patients.

Grants and Awards

Sharon Chauncy Fellowship Award, Brown University, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies
National Institute of Health, Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program
Research Society on Alcoholism Young Investigator Travel Award
Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Penn State University, College of Education
Glenn and Nancy Gamble Scholarship, Penn State University College of Education
R. Mae Shultz Scholarship, Penn State University College of Education
Outstanding Graduate Student, Pennsylvania Counseling Association
Lavanda P. Muller Graduate Fellowship, Penn State University College of Education


American College Counseling Association, 2008 - Present
American Counseling Association, 2004 - Present
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, 2010 - Present
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2004 - Present
Research Society on Alcoholism, 2004 - Present

Funded Research

R01 AA009892-16A1 Monti (PI) 8/15/2010 - 7/31/2015
Brief interventions in the Emergency Department for Alcohol and HIV/Sexual Risk
The goal of this project is to test a brief intervention with emergency department patients aimed at reducing alcohol use and risky sexual behaviors in a community hospital.
Role: Co-Investigator, Project Director

R01 AA017427 Borsari (PI) 8/1/2009 - 6/20/2013
Within-session Mechanisms of Behavior Change in At-Risk College Students
The goal of this project is to link therapist and clients in-session behaviors to each other, and then to post-session drinking outcomes. By examining the connection between in-session therapist and client processes as potential MOBC, we will improve our understanding of how an efficacious intervention influences changes in alcohol use and problems with an at-risk college sample.
Role: Project Director

R01 AA017874 Apodaca (PI) 9/30/2009 – 8/31/2012
Sequential and Component Analysis of MI Mechanisms with College Drinkers
The goal of this project is to code the brief motivational intervention sessions with mandated students to examine relationships among these in-session therapist and student behaviors and subsequent alcohol use and problems. In addition, the conditional probabilities of in-session utterances for therapists and students will also be examined.
Role: Project Director

Research Excellence Award (REA) 7/2009- 5/2011
Brown University, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies
Supervision Effects on Peer Counselors MI Skills and College Drinking Behaviors
The goal of this project is to develop and test implementation and supervision of undergraduate peer counselors to deliver a brief alcohol intervention with mandated college students.
Role: Principal Investigator


2T32 AA7459-21 (PI: Anthony Spirito, Ph.D.) 06/30/08-2010
Training in Treatment Research
Role: Postdoctoral Trainee
Major Goals: The aim of this institutional research training program is to train doctoral level behavioral, medical, and social scientists and health care professionals who wish to conduct high quality research in the early intervention and treatment of alcohol and other drug problems, and to prepare them for a career with this focus.

F31-AA017012 Mastroleo (PI) 8/1/2007-7/31/2009
Comparison of MI Training Approaches on College Student Drinking
The goal of this project was to scientifically test the role of peer counselor supervision on implementation of a brief intervention for heavy drinking college students and its effects on subsequent drinking outcomes.
Role: Principal Investigator

Selected Publications

  • Mastroleo, N. R., Marzell, M., Turrisi, R. & Borsari, B. (in press). Do coaches make a difference off the field? The examination of athletic coach influence on early college student drinking. Alcohol: Research and Theory. (IN PRESS)
  • Mastroleo, N. R., Murphy, J. G., Colby, S. M., Monti, P. M., & Barnett, N. P. (in press). Incident-specific and individual level moderators of brief intervention effects with mandated college students. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. (IN PRESS)
  • Mastroleo, N. R., Turrisi, R., Carney, J. V., Ray, A. E., & Larimer, M. E. (2010). Examination of post-training supervision of peer counselors in a motivational enhancement intervention to reduce drinking in a sample of heavy drinking college students. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 39, 289-297. (2010)
  • Magill, M., Mastroleo, N. R., Apodaca, T. R., Barnett, N. P., Colby, S. M., & Monti, P. M. (2010). Motivational interviewing with significant other participation: Treatment processes in individual and significant other sessions. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 39, 391-398. (2010)
  • Grossbard, J., Mastroleo, N. R., Lee, C. M. Kilmer, J. A., Turrisi, R., Larimer, M. E., & Ray, A. E. (2010). Substance use patterns among first-year college students: Secondary effects of a combined alcohol intervention. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 39, 384-390. (2010)
  • Mastroleo, N. R., Mallett, K. A., Turrisi, R., & Ray, A. E. (2009). Psychometric properties of the peer proficiency assessment (PEPA): A tool for evaluation of undergraduate peer counselors' motivational interviewing fidelity. Addictive Behaviors, 34, 717-722. (2009)
  • Turrisi, R., Larmier, M. E., Mallett, K. A., Kilmer, J. A., Ray, A. E., Mastroleo, N. R., et al. (2009). A randomized clinical trial evaluating a combined intervention for high-risk students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 70, 555-567. (2009)
  • Mastroleo, N. R., Mallett, K. A., Ray, A. E., & Turrisi, R. (2008). The process of delivering peer-based alcohol intervention programs in college settings. Journal of College Student Development, 49, 255-260. (2008)
  • Turrisi, R., Mastroleo, N. R., Mallett, K. A., Larimer, M. E., & Kilmer, J. R. (2007). Examination of the mediational influences of peer norms, environmental influences, and parent communications on heavy drinking tendencies in athletes and nonathletes. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 21(4), 453-461. (2007)
  • Turrisi, R., Mallett, K. A., Mastroleo, N. R., Larimer, M. E. (2006). Heavy drinking in college students: Who is at risk & what is being done about it? Journal of General Psychology Special Issue: Alcohol and the Human Experience, 133 (4), 401-420. (2006)