Megan Patrick, Ph.D.

Megan Patrick, Ph.D.Research Assistant Professor, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

Investigator, The Methodology Center


Institute for Social Research

University of Michigan

426 Thompson St, Office 2312

Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248






Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2008 (Human Development & Family Studies)

M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 2005 (Human Development & Family Studies)

B.A., St. Olaf College, 2003 (Psychology, Family Studies)




Research Interests

  • Adolescent and young adult engagement in risk behaviors, including alcohol use, drug use, and risky sexual behavior.
  • Intensive measurement and longitudinal designs to document fluctuations (across days and months) in behaviors and long-term consequences.
  • Designing intervention programs to promote health during adolescence and the transition to adulthood.
  • Methodology Center research areas: adaptive interventions, multiphase optimization strategies



Current Projects and Collaborations

At The Methodology Center, I am working with Linda Collins and Kari Kugler to optimize a personalized, web-based intervention program to reduce the negative consequences of alcohol- and sex-related risk behaviors of college students.


I am also working with Daniel Almirall and Susan Murphy on adaptive intervention strategies to combine universal and indicated approaches for college student binge drinking.

Current Grants

Monitoring the Future: Drug Use and Lifestyles of American Youth and Monitoring the Future: A Cohort-Sequential Panel Study of Drug Use, Ages 19-55

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Role: Co-Investigator

Collaborators: Principal Investigator Lloyd Johston, Co-Investigators Jerald Bachman, Patrick O’Malley, John Schulenberg, John Wallace, Jennifer Maggs, and Kerry Keyes


Intensive Measurement of Drug Use during the Transition to Adulthood

National Institute on Drug Abuse, R21 DA031356

Role: Principal Investigator

Collaborator: Co-Investigator Mick Couper


Optimizing an Intervention Program Designed to Reduce High-Risk Alcohol Use and Sexual Behavior among College Students, Pilot Funding

The Methodology Center, The Pennsylvania State University

Role: Principal Investigator

Collaborators: Linda Collins, Kari Kugler


Prevalence, Predictors, and Consequences of Alcohol Use from Childhood to Midlife

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, R01 AA019606

Role: Co-Investigator

Collaborators: Principal Investigator Jennifer Maggs, Co-Investigators Kristine Hansen, Ingrid Schoon, John Schulenberg, Jeremy Sta



Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Patrick, M. E., Maggs, J. L., Cooper, M. L., & Lee, C. M. (2011). Measurement of motivations for and against sexual behavior. Assessment, 18, 502-516. PMCID: PMC2974960

Maggs, J. L., Jager, J., Patrick, M. E., & Schulenberg, J. (2012). Social role patterning in early adulthood in the USA: Adolescent predictors and concurrent well-being across four distinct configurations. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 3, 190-210. PMCID: PMC3495328

Lefkowitz, E. S., Patrick, M. E., Morgan, N., Bezemer, D. H., & Vasilenko, S. A. (2012). State Patty’s Day: College student drinking and local crime increased on a student-constructed holiday. Journal of Adolescent Research, 27, 323-350. PMCID: PMC3370886

Palen, L., Caldwell, L. L., Smith, E. A., Gleeson, S. L., & Patrick, M. E. (2011). A mixed-method analysis of free time involvement and motivation among in Cape Town, South Africa. Leisure/Loisir, 35(3), 227–252. NIHMS333215

Patrick, M. E., & Maggs, J. L. (2011). College students' evaluations of alcohol consequences as positive and negative. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 1148-1153. PMCID: PMC3179775

Patrick, M. E., Schulenberg, J. E., O’Malley, P. M., Maggs, J. L., Kloska, D. D., Johnston, L., & Bachman, J. (2011). Age-related changes in reasons for using alcohol and marijuana from ages 18 to 30 in a national sample. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 25, 330-339. PMCID: PMC3133626

Patrick, M. E., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2011). How trajectories of reasons for alcohol use relate to trajectories of binge drinking: National panel data spanning late adolescence to early adulthood. Developmental Psychology, 47, 311-317. PMC3058882

Patrick, M. E., Morgan, N., Maggs, J. L., & Lefkowitz, E. (2011). “I got your back”: Friends’ understandings regarding college student Spring Break behavior. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 108–120. PMCID: PMC2910160

Lee, C. M., Maggs, J. L., Neighbors, C., & Patrick, M. E. (2011). Positive and negative alcohol-related consequences: Associations with past drinking. Journal of Adolescence, 34, 87-94. PMC3174525

Patrick, M. E., Schulenberg, J. E., O’Malley, P. M., Johnston, L., & Bachman, J. (2011). Adolescents’ reported reasons for alcohol and marijuana use as predictors of substance use and problems in adulthood. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 72, 106-116. PMC3001673

Patrick, M. E., Lee, C. M., & Larimer, M. E. (2011). Drinking motives, protective behavioral strategies, and experienced consequences: Identifying students at risk. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 270-273. PMC3024582

Lee, C. M., Patrick, M. E., Neighbors, C., Lewis, M. A., Tollison, S. J., & Larimer, M. E. (2010). Exploring the role of positive and negative consequences in understanding evaluations of individual drinking events. Addictive Behaviors, 35, 764-770.

Palen, L., Patrick, M. E., Gleeson, S. L., Caldwell, L. L., Smith, E. A., Wegner, L., & Flisher, A. A. (2010). Leisure constraints for adolescents in Cape Town, South Africa: A qualitative study. Leisure Sciences, 32(5), 434–452.

Lee, C. M., Geisner, I. M., Patrick, M. E., & Neighbors, C. (2010). The social norms of alcohol-related negative consequences. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24, 342-348. PMC2902870

Patrick, M. E., & Maggs, J. L. (2010). Profiles of motivations for alcohol use and sexual behavior among first-year university students. Journal of Adolescence, 33, 755-765. PMCID: PMC2891379

Patrick, M. E., & Lee, C. M. (2010). Comparing numbers of drinks: College students’ reports from retrospective summary, follow-back, and prospective daily diary measures. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 71, 554-561. PMCID: PMC2887925

Patrick, M. E., Palen, L., Caldwell, L., Gleeson, S., Smith, E., & Wegner, L. (2010). A qualitative assessment of South African adolescents’ motivations for and against substance use and sexual behavior. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 20, 456-481. PMCID: PMC3101481

Lanza, S. L., Patrick, M. E., & Maggs, J. L. (2010). Latent transition analysis: Benefits of a latent variable approach to modeling transitions in substance use. Journal of Drug Issues, 40, 93-120. PMCID: PMC2909684

Patrick, M. E., Maggs, J. L., & Osgood, D. W. (2010). LateNight Penn State alcohol-free programming: Students drink less on days they participate. Prevention Science, 11, 155-162. PMCID: PMC3063607

Patrick, M. E., & Lee, C. M. (2010). Sexual motivations and engagement in sexual behavior during the transition to college. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39, 674-681. PMCID: PMC2855773

Caldwell, L., Patrick, M. E., Smith, E., Palen, L., & Wegner, L. (2010). Influencing adolescent leisure motivation: Intervention effects of HealthWise South Africa. Journal of Leisure Research, 42, 203-220. PMCID: PMC2905037

Patrick, M. E., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2010). Alcohol use and heavy episodic drinking prevalence and predictors among national samples of American eighth- and tenth-grade students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 71, 41-45. PMCID: PMC2815060

Patrick, M. E., Wray-Lake, L., Finlay, A. K., & Maggs, J. L. (2010). The long arm of expectancies: Adolescent alcohol expectancies predict adult alcohol use. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 45, 17-24. PMCID: PMC2842104

Patrick, M. E., & Maggs, J. L. (2009). Does drinking lead to sex? Daily alcohol-sex behaviors and expectancies among college students. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23, 472-481. PMCID: PMC2778038

Patrick, M. E., Collins, L. M., Smith, E., Caldwell, L., Flisher, A., & Wegner, L. (2009). A prospective longitudinal model of substance use onset among South African adolescents. Substance Use & Misuse, 44, 647-662. PMCID: PMC2796627

Staff, J. L., Patrick, M. E., Loken, E., & Maggs, J. L. (2008). Teenage alcohol use and educational attainment. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 69, 848-858. PMCID: PMC2583376

Patrick, M. E., & Maggs, J. L. (2008). Short-term changes in plans to drink and importance of positive and negative alcohol consequences: Between- and within-person predictors. Journal of Adolescence, 31, 307-321. PMCID: PMC2484119

Maggs, J. L., Patrick, M. E., & Feinstein, L. (2008). Childhood and adolescent predictors of alcohol use and problems in the National Child Development Study. Addiction, 103 (Suppl. 1), 7-22.

Patrick, M. E., Blair, C., & Maggs, J. L. (2008). Executive function, behavioral approach and risk behavior among female college students. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 30, 449-462.

Patrick, M. E., Rhoades, B. L., Small, M., & Coatsworth, J. D. (2008). Faith-placed parenting intervention. Journal of Community Psychology, 36, 74-80.

Caldwell, L., Younker, A., Wegner, L., Patrick, M. E., Vergnani, T., Smith, E. A., & Flisher, A. J. (2008). Understanding leisure-related program effects by using process data in the HealthWise South Africa project. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 26, 146-162.

Lewis, M. A., Lee, C. M., Patrick, M. E., & Fossos, N. (2007). Gender-specific normative misperceptions of risky sexual behavior and alcohol-related risky sexual behavior. Sex Roles, 57, 81-90.

Coffman, D., Patrick, M. E., Palen, L., Rhoades, B. L., & Ventura, A. (2007). Why do high school seniors drink? Implications for a targeted approach. Prevention Science, 8, 241-248.

Patrick, M. E., Maggs, J. L., & Abar, C. C. (2007). Reasons to have sex, personal goals, and sexual behavior during the transition to college. Journal of Sex Research, 44, 240-249.


Book Chapters

Schulenberg, J. E., & Patrick, M. E. (2011). Historical and developmental patterns of alcohol and drug use among college students: Framing the problem In H.R. White,  & D. Rabiner (Eds.), College drinking and drug use (p. 13-35). New York: Guilford.

Patrick, M. E., Abar, C., & Maggs, J. L. (2008). Adolescent drinking. In D. Carr (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the life course and human development (pp. 1:139-144). Farmington Hills, MI: Gale.

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