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Dr. Angelo M. DiBello

Assistant Professor at the Center for Alcohol & Addiction Studies and the Department of Graduate and Applied Psychology

  • Bio
  • Current Research
  • Grants
  • Selected Publications
  • Education
  • Recent Awards

Bio

Dr. Angelo DiBello is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Alcohol & Addiction Studies and the Department of Graduate and Applied Psychology at Rutgers University, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Brown University, and is the Director of the Social Health Addiction & Relationship Processes (SHARP) Laboratory at Rutgers University. Dr. DiBello is well published in top tier journals and is both the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator of several ongoing randomized clinical trials funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Current Research

Dr. DiBello is an applied social psychologist who has developed distinct but related lines of research in two areas of applied social health psychology: (1) addictive behaviors and health, and (2) romantic relationships and substance use. Through both hia early clinical work and ongoing research he has come to understand that when faced with potentially threatening personal information (e.g., about one’s behavior or personal relationship) people often respond defensively and do not recognize the need to change their behavior. Thus, his work aims to leverage social psychological theories as tools for changing personal attitudes, reducing defensiveness, and enhancing the receptivity and duration of prevention and intervention efforts. 

Grants

2018-2022 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Using Counter Attitudinal Advocacy to Change Drinking Behavior

Role: Principal Investigator (MPIs: Kate B. Carey, Ph.D., Clayton Neighbors, Ph.D.)

Amount: $1,483,504.48 Total direct costs (R01AA025043)

2018-2021 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Using Counter Attitudinal Advocacy to Change Drinking Behavior & Related Problems

Role: Principal Investigator

Amount: $233,594 Total direct costs (R21AA025676)

2017-2022 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Use of SelfAffirmations to Enhance Efficacy of a Brief Alcohol Intervention for Mandated Students

Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Kate B. Carey, Ph.D.)

Amount: $1,497,047 Total direct costs (1R01AA025643) 

 

Selected Publications

DiBello, A.M., Miller, M.B., Merrill, J.E., & Carey, K.B. (in press). A Test of the Theory of Planned Behavior in the Prediction of Alcohol-Induced Blackout Intention and Frequency. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

DiBello, A.M., Miller, M.B., & Carey, K.B. (in press). Self-Efficacy to Limit Drinking Mediates the Association between Attitudes and Alcohol-related Outcomes. Substance Use and Misuse.

DiBello, A. M., Miller, M. B., & Carey, K. B. (2019). Positive heavy drinking attitude mediates the association between college alcohol beliefs and alcohol-related outcomes. Addictive Behaviors88, 29–35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.08.005

DiBello, A. M., Miller, M. B., Neighbors, C., Reid, A. & Carey, K. B. (2018).  The relative strength of attitudes versus perceived drinking norms as predictors of alcohol use. Addictive Behaviors, 80, 39-46. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.12.022

DiBello, A. M., Carey, K. B., & Cushing, V.* (2018). Using counter attitudinal advocacy to change drinking: A pilot study. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 32(2), 244-248. doi: 10.1037/adb0000334

DiBello, A.M., Benz, M.B.*, Miller, M.B., Merrill, J.E., & Carey, K.B. (2018). Examining residence status as a risk factor for health risk behaviors among college students. Journal of American College Health, 66(3), 187-193. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2017.1406945

Education

Dr. DiBello earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2009 from the University of Richmond, his Masters degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology in 2011 from La Salle University, his Masters degree in Psychology in 2013 from the University of Houston, and Phd. in Social Psychology in 2015 from the University of Houston, and completed his postdoctoral training in 2017 at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University.

Recent Awards

The ABCT Addictive Behaviors SIG Early Career Award 2020

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