Helene R. White (M.Phil., Ph.D., Rutgers University 1976) is a professor of sociology at the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies with a joint appointment in the Rutgers Department of Sociology. She is also Deputy Director and Research Director of the Rutgers Center for Behavioral Health Services and Criminal Justice Research and an affiliated member of the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Services and Aging Research, and has a secondary appointment in the Graduate School of Social Work. Her research focuses on the causes, consequences, and comorbidity of substance use and other problem behaviors (e.g., violence, delinquency, crime and mental health problems) using longitudinal data from community and high-risk samples. In addition, she develops, implements, and evaluates substance use interventions for college students. Dr. White's research has continually been funded by the National Institutes of Health as well as private foundations. She is co-author of Violence and Serious Theft: Development and Prediction from Childhood to Adulthood (with Rolf Loeber, David Farrington, and Magda Southamer-Loeber, 2008), and co-editor of Alcohol, Science and Society, Revisited (with Edith S. Gomberg and Anthony Carpenter, 1982) and Society, Culture and Drinking Patterns, Re-examined (with David Pittman, 1991). Her research has appeared in the top journals in substance use, sociology, psychology, and criminology. Dr. White is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Journal of Drug Issues, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Prevention Science, and has served on the boards of several other journals. She is also an elected member of the board for the Society of Prevention Research, on the advisory board of the Raising Healthy Children Study, and on the board of Discovery Inc, a substance abuse treatment facility in NJ. Dr. White has won several awards including being listed on the Web of Science Highly Cited list, a Top Cited Award from the International Journal on Drug Policy, the Senior Scholar Award from the Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco Section of the American Sociological Association, a NJ Women of Achievement Award, and a Public Service Award from the Criminal Justice/Alcoholism Coalition of NJ.
Selected Recent Publications:
Lee, C., Mun, E. Y., White, H. R., & Simon, P. (2010). Substance use trajectories of black and white young men from adolescence to emerging adulthood: A two-part growth curve analysis. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse 9, 301-319.
Fleming, C.B, White, H.R., & Catalano, R.F. (2010). The effects of dating relationships, cohabiting and marriage on substance use in the two years after high school: A test of status differences and associations with relationship quality and partner substance use. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 51, 153-167.
White, H.R., Shi, J., Hirschfield, P., Mun, E.Y., & Loeber, R (2010). Effects of institutional confinement for delinquency on levels of depression and anxiety among male adolescents. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 8, 295-313.
White, H.R., Fleming, C. B., Catalano, R. F. & Bailey, J. (2009). Prospective associations among alcohol use-related sexual enhancement expectancies, sex after alcohol use, and casual sex. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23(4), 702?707.
White, H.R., Bray, B.C., Fleming, C.B. & Catalano, R.F. (2009). Transitions into and out of light and intermittent smoking from adolescence into emerging adulthood. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 11(2), 211-219.
White, H.R., Jackson, K., & Loeber, R. (2009). Developmental sequences and comorbidity of substance use and violence. In M. Krohn, A. Lizotte, & G.P. Hall (Eds.), Handbook of deviance and crime (pp. 433-468). New York: Springer Publications.
White, H.R., Fleming, C.B., Kim, M.J., Catalano, R.F., & McMorris, B. (2008). Identifying two potential mechanisms for changes in alcohol use among college-attending and non-attending emerging adults. Developmental Psychology, 44(6), 1625-1639.
White, H.R. & Widom, C.S. (2008). Three potential mediators of the effects of child abuse and neglect on adulthood substance use among women. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 69, 337-347 (70%).
White, H.R., Mun, E.Y., & Morgan, T.J. (2008). Do brief personalized feedback interventions work for mandated students or is it just getting caught that works? Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 22, 107-116.
White, H.R., Mun, E.Y., Pugh, L.P., & Morgan, T.J. (2007). Long-term effects of brief substance use interventions for mandated college students: Sleeper effects of an in-person personal feedback intervention. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 31(8), 1380-1391.