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Nisha C. Gottfredson, PhD

Nisha C. Gottfredson, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior
Faculty Affiliate
Center for Developmental Science
  • 319C Rosenau Hall
  • CB #7440
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Dr. Gottfredson is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior and a faculty affiliate at the UNC Center for Developmental Science. She also holds an adjunct faculty position with the UNC Department of Psychology & Neuroscience.

Dr. Gottfredson's primary research interests are in how problems with substance use develop, and how problems with substance use affect development. Drawing from her background in developmental science and doctoral training in advanced statistical methods (Quantitative Psychology), Dr. Gottfredson uses longitudinal data to understand how all levels of the social ecological framework interact to give rise to, maintain, and promote recovery from substance use disorders. She is particularly interested in the inter-generational transmission of risk for addiction from birth through emerging adulthood.

Representative Courses

HBEH 761 Generalized Linear Models with Health Behavior Applications | Syllabus

HBEH 892-007 Modeling Grouped, Nested, and Longitudinal Data | Syllabus

Research Activities

Dr. Gottfredson is currently running data collection for two studies of addiction recovery. Information about the Electronic Study of Affect Regulation (eSTAR) can be found here and information about STAR Moms can be found here.

Key Publications

The Role of Parental Engagement in the Intergenerational Transmission of Smoking Behavior and Identity. Gottfredson N. C., Hussong A.M., Ennett S.T., and Rothenberg W. A. (2016). Journal of Adolescent Health.

Explicating the Conditions Under Which Multilevel Multiple Imputation Mitigates Bias Resulting from Random Coefficient-Dependent Missing Longitudinal Data. Gottfredson N. C., Sterba S. K., Jackson K.M. (2017). Prevention Science, 18(1), 12-19.

Drinking to dampen affect variability: findings from a college student sample. Gottfredson NC, Hussong AM. (2013). J Stud Alcohol Drugs, 74(4), 576.


PhD, Psychology (Quantitative), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011

MA, Psychology (Quantitative), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008

BA, Psychology and Mathematics, Pitzer College, Claremont Colleges, CA, 2006

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