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Helene R. White

Distinguished Professor, Center of Alcohol Studies, Department of Sociology, Secondary Appointment, School of Social Work

PhD, Rutgers

Helene R. White's research focuses on the on the causes, consequences, developmental, comorbidity, and prevention of substance use and other problem behaviors (e.g., violence, delinquency, crime and mental health problems).


Helene R. White (M.Phil., Ph.D., Rutgers University 1976) is a distinguished professor of sociology at the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies, where she is Director of the Life Course Research Lab, and she has a joint appointment in the Rutgers Department of Sociology. She also has a secondary appointment in the Graduate School of Social Work and is an Associate Member of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. Her research focuses on the causes, consequences, comorbidity, and prevention 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. 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), Society, Culture and Drinking Patterns, Re-examined (with David Pittman, 1991), and College Student Drinking and Drug Use (with David Rabiner, 2012). Her research has appeared in the top journals in substance use, sociology, psychology, and criminology. Dr. White is currently on the editorial boards of or field editor for Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Journal of Drug Issues, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Prevention Science, and Psychology of Addictive Behaviors and has served on the boards of several other journals. Dr. White has won several awards including being selected as a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and the Society for Prevention Research, the Translation Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research, 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: 

White, H.R., Anderson, K.G., Ray, A.E., & Mun, E.-Y. 2016. Do drinking motives distinguish extreme drinking college students from their peers? Addictive Behaviors, 60, 213-218.

White, H.R., Bechtold, J., Loeber, R., & Pardini, D. 2015. Long-term effects of marijuana use among men: Socioeconomic, relationship, and life satisfaction outcomes in the mid-30’s. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 156, 62-69.

Pardini, D, Bechtold, J., Loeber, R., & White, H.R. 2015. Developmental trajectories of marijuana use in black and white men: Examining linkages with criminal offending and psychopathic features into the mid-30s. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 52(6), 797-828.

White, H.R., Buckman, J., Pardini, D., & Loeber, R. 2015. The association of alcohol and drug use to persistence of violent offending in young adulthood. Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, 1, 289-303.

Pardini, D., White, H.R., Xiong, S., Bechtold, J., Chung, T., Loeber, R., & Hipwell, A. 2015. Unfazed or dazed and confused: Does early adolescent marijuana use cause sustained impairments in attention and academic functioning?  Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43, 1203-1217.

White, H.R., Jiao, Y., Ray, A.E., Huh, D., Atkins, D.C., Larimer, M.E., Fromme, K., Corbin, W.R., Baer, J.S., LaBrie, J.W., & Mun, E-Y. 2015. Are there secondary effects on marijuana use from brief alcohol interventions for college students? Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76, 367-377.

Huh, D., Mun, E.-Y., Larimer, M. E., White, H.R., Ray, A.E., Rhew, I. C., Kim, S.-Y., Jiao, Y., & Atkins, D.C. 2015. Brief motivational interventions for college student drinking may not be as powerful as we think: An individual participant-level data meta-analysis. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 39, 919–931.

Mun, E.-Y., de la Torre, J., Atkins, D.C., White, H.R., Ray, A.E., Kim, S.-Y., Jiao, Y., Clarke, N., Huo, Y., Larimer, M.E., Huh, D., & The Project INTEGRATE Team.  2015. Project INTEGRATE – An integrative data analysis study of brief alcohol intervention trials for college students. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29, 34-48.

Gordon, R.A., Rowe, H., Pardini, D., Loeber, R., & White, H.R. 2014. Serious delinquency and gang participation: Combining and specializing in drug selling, theft, and violence. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 24, 235-251.

White, H.R., & Ray, A. 2014. Differential evaluations of alcohol-related consequences among emerging adults. Prevention Science, 15, 115-124.

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