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Jennifer Maggs

Professor, HDFS

208 HHD Building
814-865-2028
jlm73@psu.edu

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Introduction & Projects

Jennifer Maggs was attracted to prevention research because she felt that the understanding of human development could be applied to improve lives. For more than 20 years, Jennifer has researched areas such as alcohol use and health from childhood through midlife, with a specific emphasis on the transition to adulthood. As a lifespan developmental psychologist, she focuses on predictors and consequences of normative and problematic alcohol use. Jennifer hopes that through her work, she will be able to better understand the links between alcohol and well-being in ways that impact population health for children, adolescents and adults.

Jennifer has incorporated her love for travel into her work as a visiting scientist in Germany and later a visiting scholar in London, where she continues to conduct research using three national British cohort studies with colleagues at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL-Institute of Education. During her career, Jennifer has authored 93 peer-reviewed journal articles. Her favorite aspects of working in the Center are the people and their commitment to using rigorous science to improve people’s lives. 

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Prevention-related Projects

Recent Publications

Associations between older siblings’ substance use and younger siblings’ substance use intentions: Indirect effects via substance use expectations

Maiya, S., Whiteman, S. D., Serang, S., Dayley, J. C., Maggs, J. L, , Mustillo, S. A., & Kelly, B. C. (2023). Associations between older siblings’ substance use and younger siblings’ substance use intentions: Indirect effects via substance use expectations. Addictive Behaviors, 136. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2022.107493

Daily fluctuations in drinking intensity: Links with vaping and combustible use of nicotine and marijuana

Parks, M.J., Maggs, J.L., & Patrick, M.E. (2022). Daily fluctuations in drinking intensity: Links with vaping and combustible use of nicotine and marijuana. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 233. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0376871622000849

Electronic cigarette use in adolescence is associated with later cannabis use

Staff, J.L., Vuolo, M., Kelly, B.C., Maggs, J.L., & Silva, C. P. (2022). Electronic cigarette use in adolescence is associated with later cannabis use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 232. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2022.109302.

35-year-old parents do not approve of 17-year-olds’ cigarette, marijuana, or alcohol use: U.S. national data 1993–2018

Mehus, C. J., Patrick, M. E., Schulenberg, J., & Maggs, J. (2022). 35-year-old parents do not approve of 17-year-olds’ cigarette, marijuana, or alcohol use: U.S. national data 1993–2018. Journal of Adolescent Health. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.01.001

Familial predictors of alcohol and drug use-related problems among middle-aged and older adults

Miller, S.E., Maggs, J.L., Eiden, R.D. & Almeida, D.M. (2022). Familial predictors of alcohol and drug use-related problems among middle-aged and older adults. Journal of Family Issues. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X211064877

Intersecting racism and homonegativism among sexual minority men of color: Latent class analysis of multidimensional stigma with subgroup differences in health and sociostructural burdens

Layland, E. K., Maggs, J. L., Kipke, M. D., & Bray, B. C. (2022). Intersecting racism and homonegativism among sexual minority men of color: Latent class analysis of multidimensional stigma with subgroup differences in health and sociostructural burdens. Social Science and Medicine, 293:114602. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114602

Day drinking among college students and its association with risky substance use behaviors

Calhoun, B. H., Maggs, J. L. (2021). Day drinking among college students and its association with risky substance use behaviors. Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research (45)12:2546-2559. https://doi.org/10.1111/acer.14736

Changes in family chaos and family relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from a longitudinal study

Cassinat, J. R., Whiteman, S. D., Serang, S., Dotterer, A. M., Mustillo, S. A., Maggs, J. L., & Kelly, B. C. (2021). Changes in family chaos and family relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from a longitudinal study. Developmental Psychology, 57(10):1597-1610. doi: 10.1037/dev0001217

Adolescent electronic cigarette use and tobacco smoking in the Millennium Cohort Study

Staff, J., Kelly, B. C., Maggs, J. L., & Vuolo, M. (2021). Adolescent electronic cigarette use and tobacco smoking in the Millennium Cohort Study. Addiction, 117, 484-494. doi: 10.1111/add.15645

Pubertal timing and adolescent alcohol use: The mediating role of parental and peer influences

Bucci, R., Staff, J., Maggs, J. L., & Dorn, L. D. (2021). Pubertal timing and adolescent alcohol use: The mediating role of parental and peer influences. Child Development, 92, :e1017-e1037. Advance online publication.https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13569

Parents who first allowed adolescents to drink alcohol in a family context during spring 2020 COVID-19 emergency shutdowns

Maggs, J.L., Cassinat, J.R., Kelly, B.C., Mustillo, S.A., & Whiteman, S.D. (2021). Parents who first allowed adolescents to drink alcohol in a family context during spring 2020 COVID-19 emergency shutdowns. Journal of Adolescent Health, (68)4, 816-818. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2021.01.010

University students use fewer protective behavioral strategies on high-intensity drinking days

Linden-Carmichael, A. N., Calhoun, B. H., Patrick, M. E., & Maggs, J. L. (2019). University students use fewer protective behavioral strategies on high-intensity drinking days. Drug and Alcohol Review, 38(3), 302-305. doi: 10.1111/dar.1291346.

No benefit of light to moderate drinking for mortality from coronary heart disease when better comparison groups and controls included: A commentary on Zhao et al.

Maggs, J. L., & Staff, J. (2017). No benefit of light to moderate drinking for mortality from coronary heart disease when better comparison groups and controls included: A commentary on Zhao et al. (2017). Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78(3), 387–388. PMID:28499103

Academic time during college: Associations with mood, tiredness, and binge drinking across days and semesters

Greene, K. M., & Maggs, J. L. (2017). Academic time during college: Associations with mood, tiredness, and binge drinking across days and semesters. Journal of Adolescence, 56, 24–33.

Alcohol and cigarette use from ages 23 to 55: Links with health and well-being in the long-term National Child Development Study

Staff, J., & Maggs, J. L. (2017). Alcohol and cigarette use from age 23 to 55: Links with health and wellbeing in the long-term National Child Development Study. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78(3), 394–403. PMCID: PMC5440364

The age-varying association of student status with excessive alcohol use: Ages 18 to 30 years

Evans-Polce, R. J., Maggs, J. L., Staff, J., & Lanza, S. T. (2017). The age-varying association of student status with excessive alcohol use: Ages 18 to 30 years. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 41(2), 407–413. PMCID: PMC5272785

Age-related changes in associations between reasons for alcohol use and high-intensity drinking across young adulthood

Patrick, M. E., Evans-Polce, R., Kloska, D. D., Maggs, J. L., & Lanza, S. T. (2017). Age-related changes in associations between reasons for alcohol use and high-intensity drinking across young adulthood. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78(4), 558–570. PMCID: PMC5551660

Early life predictors of alcohol-related attitudes among 11-year-old never drinkers

Patrick, M. E., Wray-Lake, L., & Maggs, J. L. (2017). Early life predictors of alcohol-related attitudes among 11-year-old never drinkers. Addictive Behaviors, 66, 26–32. PMCID: PMC5177467

Stressor-related drinking and future alcohol problems among university students

Russell, M., Almeida, D. M., & Maggs, J. L. (2017). Stressor-related drinking and future alcohol problems among university students. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors: Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors, 31(6), 676–687. PMCID: PMC5651992

Heterogeneity of alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use behaviors in US college students: A latent class analysis

Evans-Polce, R., Lanza, S. T., & Maggs, J. L. (2016). Heterogeneity of alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use behaviors in US college students: A latent class analysis. Addictive Behaviors, 53, 80-85.

Profiles of college drinkers defined by alcohol behaviors at the week level: Replication across semesters and prospective associations with hazardous drinking and dependence-related symptoms

Fairlie, A. M., Maggs, J. L., & Lanza, S. T. (2016). Profiles of college drinkers defined by alcohol behaviors at the week level: Replication across semesters and prospective associations with hazardous drinking and dependence-related symptoms. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 77(1), 38-50. doi: 19371888

College students perceptions of the links between alcohol use and sexual experiences

Lefkowitz, E. S., Waterman, E., Morgan, N. R., & Maggs, J. L. (2016). College students perceptions of the links between alcohol use and sexual experiences. Emerging Adulthood, 4, 272-283.

Substance use and peers during adolescence and the transition to adulthood: Selection, socialization, and development

Patrick, M. E., Schulenberg, J. E., Maslowsky, J., & Maggs, J. L. (2016). Substance use and peers during adolescence and the transition to adulthood: Selection, socialization, and development. In K. Sher (Ed.), Oxford handbook of substance use disorders, Vol. 1. New York: Oxford University Press

Who uses alcohol mixed with energy drinks? Characteristics of college student users.

Patrick, M. E., Macuada, C., & Maggs, J. L. (2016). Who uses alcohol mixed with energy drinks? Characteristics of college student users. Journal of American College Health, 64(1), 74-79. doi: 07448481

Energy drinks and binge drinking predict college students' sleep quantity, quality, and tiredness

Patrick, M. E., Griffin, J., Huntley, E. D., & Maggs, J. L. (2016). Energy drinks and binge drinking predict college students' sleep quantity, quality, and tiredness. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 114. doi: 15402002

mLinking peer relationships to substance use across adolescence

Rulison, K. L., Patrick, M. E., & Maggs, J. L. (2016). Linking peer relationships to substance use across adolescence. In S. Brown & R. Zucker (Eds.), Oxford handbook of adolescent substance abuse. New York, NY: Oxford University Press

Childhood cigarette and alcohol use: Negative links with adjustment

Staff, J., Maggs, J. L., Cundiff, K., & Evans-Polce, R. J. (2016). Childhood cigarette and alcohol use: Negative links with adjustment. Addictive behaviors, 62, 122-128. doi: 03064603

Understanding sibling influence on adolescents' alcohol use: Social and cognitive pathways

Whiteman, S. D., Jensen, A. C., Mustillo, S. A., & Maggs, J. L. (2016). Understanding sibling influence on adolescents' alcohol use: Social and cognitive pathways. Addictive Behaviors, 53, 16. doi: 03064603

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