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Abby Goldstein
Associate Professor

email: abbyl.goldstein@utoronto.ca  

Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development

Research Overview

Dr. Goldstein is the Canada Research Chair in the Psychology of Emerging Adulthood. Her research examines risk and wellness behaviours during emerging adulthood, a critical developmental period that spans ages 18-25. Dr. Goldstein utilizes innovative methods, including mobile technology to examine the influence of distal (early relationships, attachment styles, child maltreatment) and proximal (individual differences in emotion regulation, motives for risk behaviours, mood, interpersonal interaction) factors on the everyday risk and wellness behaviours of emerging adults.

For more information on Dr. Goldsteins research visit : www.individual.utoronto.ca/agoldstein

Teaching Overview

APD1291: Addictive Behaviours: Approaches to Assessment and Intervention
APD1208H: Individual Cognitive and Personality Assessment
Clinical and Counselling Psychology Assessment Practicum

Representative Publications

Goldstein, A.L., *Vilhena-Churchill, N., Stewart, S.H., Hoaken, P.N.S., & Flett, G.L. (in press). Mood, motives and money: An examination of factors that differentiate online and non-online young adult gamblers. Journal of Behavioral Addictions.
Goodman, I., Henderson, J., Peterson-Badali, M., & Goldstein, A. L. (in press). Youth perspectives on the transition to adulthood: Exploring the impact of problematic substance use and treatment seeking. Emerging Adulthood. doi:10.1177/2167696815601548 
Flett, G. L., Goldstein, A. L., Pechenkov, I. G., Nepon, T., & Wekerle, C. (2016). Antecedents, correlates, and consequences of feeling like you don’t matter: Associated with maltreatment, lonelieness, social anxiety, and the five factor model. Personality and Individual Differences, 92, 52-56. 
Gautreau, C., Sherry, S., Battista, S., Goldstein, A., & Stewart, S. (2015). Enhancement motives moderate the relationship between high-arousal positive moods and drinking quantity: Evidence from a 22-day experience sampling study. Drug and Alcohol Review, 34, 595-602.
Kimber, M., Henriksen, C., Davidov, D., Goldstein, A., Pitre, N., Tonmyr, L., & Afifi, T. (2015). The association between immigrant generational status, childhood maltreatment history and intimate partner violence: Evidence from a nationally representative survey. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 50, 1135-1144. 
Goodman, I., Henderson, J., Peterson-Badali, M., & Goldstein, A. L. (2015). The relationship between psychosocial features of emerging adulthood and substance use change motivation in youth. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 52, 58-66.
*Faulkner, B., Goldstein, A. L., & Wekerle, C. (2014). Pathways from childhood maltreatment to emerging adulthood: Investigating trauma-mediated substance use and dating violence outcomes among child protective services-involved youth. Child Maltreatment, 19, 219-232.
*Vilhena-Churchill, N., & Goldstein, A. L. (2014). Child maltreatment and marijuana problems in young adults: Examining the role of motives and emotion dysregulation. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38, 962-972.
Quinlan, C., Goldstein, A. L., & Stewart, S. H. (2014). An investigation of the link between gambling motives and social context of gambling in young adults. International Gambling Studies, 14, 115-131.
Goldstein, A. L., Stewart, S. H., Hoaken, P. N. S., & Flett, G. L. (2014). Mood, motives, and gambling in young adults: An examination of within- and between-person variations using experience sampling. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28, 217-228.
Goldstein, A. L., Henriksen, C., Kimber, M., Davidov, D., Pitre, N, & Afifi, T. (2013). Childhood Maltreatment, Alcohol Use Disorders, and Treatment Utilization in a National Sample of Emerging Adults. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74, 185-194. 
Goldstein, A. L., *Faulkner, B., & Wekerle, C. (2013). The relationship between internal resilience, smoking, alcohol use, and depression symptoms in emerging adults transitioning out of child welfare. Child Abuse & Neglect, 37, 22-32. 
Goldstein, A. L., *Faulkner, B., Cunningham, R., Zimmerman, M., Chermack, S., & Walton, M. A. (2013). Latent Class Analysis of Adolescent Gambling: Application of Resilience Theory. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 11, 13-30. 
Goldstein, A. L., Wall, A-M., Krank, M., & Wekerle, C. (2013). The impact of perceived reinforcement from alcohol and involvement in leisure activities on adolescent alcohol use. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 22, 340-363.
Goldstein, A. L., *Vilhena-Churchill, N. Stewart, S., & Wekerle, C. (2012). Coping motives moderate the relationship between emotional distress and alcohol problems in a sample of youth involved with child welfare. Advances in Mental Health, 11, 67-75. 
Flett, G. L., Goldstein, A. L., Hewitt, P. L., & Wekerle, C. (2012). Predictors of deliberate self-harm behaviour in a sample of emerging adolescents: An initial test of a self-punitiveness model. Current Psychology, 31, 49-64. 
Goldstein, A. L., Wekerle, C., Tonmyr, L., Thornton, T., Waechter, R., *Pereira, J., & Chung, R. (2011). The relationship between post-traumatic stress symptoms and substance use among adolescents involved with child welfare: Implications for emerging adulthood. International 
Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 17, 1-18. 
Goldstein, A. L., Leslie, B., Wekerle, C., Leung, E., & Erickson, P. (2010). Child welfare and street involvement among young women: Implications of homelessness for the transition out of care. Social Development Issues, 32, 16-34.
Goldstein, A. L., Flett, G. L., & Wekerle, C. (2010). Child maltreatment, alcohol use and drinking consequences among male and female college students: an examination of drinking motives as mediators. Addictive Behaviors, 35, 636-639. 
Research Grants and Contracts

Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (03/16 02/21)
Parent-Child Relationships in Emerging Adulthood: Impacts on Risk, Well-Being and Transitions into Adulthood ($204,529)
Role: Principal Investigator
Co-Investigators: Dr. Elaine Scharfe, Dr. Danielle Molnar

Operating Grant from the Foundation for Alcohol Research (6/13 5/15)
Examination of a Developmental Model of Alcohol Use and Alcohol Problems in Emerging Adulthood
($85, 207)
Role: Principal Investigator
Co-Investigators: Dr. Sherry Stewart, Dr. Sean Mackinnon

Large Grant from the Manitoba Gambling Research Program (05/13 12/15)
Gambling to Relax and Gambling to Forget: Questionnaire and Daily Diary Studies of Subtypes of Coping Motives for Gambling ($450,000)
Role: Co-Investigator (sub-grant to U of T: $56,580)
Principal Investigator: Dr. Sherry Stewart
Co-Investigator: Dr. Michael Ellery

Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation (04/11 03/16)
Substance Use in Emerging Adulthood: A Focus on Risk and Resilience ($150,000)
Role: Principal Investigator

Level III Research Award from the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre (01/10 03/12)
Mood, Motives and Gambling in Young Adults: An Examination of Within- and Between-Person
Variation ($94,072)
Role: Principal Investigator
Co-Investigators: Dr. Sherry Stewart, Dr. Peter Hoaken, Dr. Gordon Flett

Operating Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (06/10 05/11)
The Impact of Childhood Maltreatment on Substance Use in Emerging Adulthood: Development of an Integrated Theoretical Model ($35,000)
Role: Principal Investigator
Co-Investigators: Dr. Christine Wekerle, Dr. Deborah Goodman

Catalyst Grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (06/10 05/11)
Developing and Pilot-Testing an Alternative Intervention for Marijuana Use (AIM): Addressing
Individual Risk Factors for Transitions to Initiation and Escalation of Marijuana Use in Early
Adolescence ($87,001)
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Dr. Marvin Krank
Co-Investigators: Dr. Sherry Stewart, Dr. Zachary Walsh

Emerging Team Grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (02/10 01/15)
Mitigating Risk and Creating Effective Treatments: Improving Services to Children and Youth with
Co-Morbidities Through Discovery, Collaboration, Innovation, and Integration ($1,499,373)
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigators: Dr. Joe Beitchman, Dr. Joanna Henderson, Dr. Shelley McMain, Dr. Brian
Rush, Dr. David Wolfe, Gloria Chaim
Co-Investigators: Dr. Elizabeth McCay, Dr. Amy Cheung, Dr. Tracey Skilling, Dr. Angela Boak, Dr.
Sandra Cunning, Dr. Elizabeth Brownlie, Dr. Bruce Ballon, & Dr. Jane Fjeld

Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (06/09 05/10)
Evidence-Based Case Conceptualization in Child Welfare: Multiple Health Risk Behaviours ($25,000)
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Dr. Christine Wekerle
Co-Investigators: Dr. Randall Waechter

Honours and Awards

Canada Research Chair in the Psychology of Emerging Adulthood (2016 - 2021)
Harvey Brooker Award for Excellence in Clinical Training from the Ontario Psychological Association (2012)
Early Researcher Award, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (2011-2016)

Professional Activities


Canadian Psychological Association
Research Society on Alcoholism
Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood
Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers