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Jimikaye Beck Courtney

Postdoctoral Fellow

320 Biobehavioral Health Building
jimikaye@psu.edu
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Introduction

Dr. Courtney's long-term goal is to inform understanding of the patterns and predictors of the clustering of physical activity and alcohol use behaviors to inform the development of real-time interventions and improve human health.

Jimikaye Courtney is a post-doctoral fellow in the Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) program training with Michael Russell, assistant professor of biobehavioral health; and David Conroy, professor of kinesiology and human development and family studies. Her research is focused on:

  • the measurement and characterization of day-level, within-person physical activity and alcohol use behaviors using wearable monitors and ecological momentary assessment (EMA);
  • identifying the role of psychosocial risk factors, including motivation, behavioral intentions, affect, and stress in accounting for the clustering of physical activity and alcohol use behaviors; and
  • using advanced statistical modeling (multilevel modeling, time-varying effect modeling, etc.), to examine the within-person dynamics of the relationships between physical activity, alcohol use, and psychosocial variables, and the within-person dynamics of alcohol use throughout an alcohol use event or a single day of alcohol use.

Dr. Courtney's postdoctoral training continues to expand upon these areas of interest by using to examine the within-person episode- and day-level effects of behavioral intentions and affect on alcohol use, testing the feasibility and acceptability of using a wrist-worn monitor, the BACtrack Skyn, for capturing individuals' daily alcohol use in their natural settings; testing a new measure of drinking motives, and examining the within-person associations between physical activity and alcohol use by using advanced statistical modeling of data captured via the activPAL activity monitor, Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM), and ecological momentary assessment (EMA) surveys.

Education 

  • Ph.D., Colorado State University (Human Bioenergetics)
  • M.S., Colorado State University (Health and Exercise Science)
  • B.S., Oklahoma State University (Nutritional Sciences)
  • B.A., Oklahoma State University (Spanish)

About PAMT

The Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) program, funded by a T32 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, trains predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers in the integration of prevention science and statistical methodology for the behavioral sciences.


Recent Publications

Testing affect regulation models of drinking prior to and after drinking intiation using ecological momentary assessment

Courtney, J. B., & Russell, M. A. (2021). Testing affect regulation models of drinking prior to and after drinking initiation using ecological momentary assessment. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 35(5), 597–608. https://doi.org/10.1037/adb0000763