People » Michael E. Dunn


  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Florida

Dr. Dunn joined UCF in 1996 after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Alcohol and Substance Use Research Institute at the University of South Florida. He worked for several years at the Addictive Behavior Research Center while completing a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Washington. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1995 at the University of South Florida. Dr. Dunn’s research interests include the development of alcohol and substance use in children, development of prevention programs for children and college students, and cognitive processes related to alcohol and substance use, eating behavior, and body image. Dr. Dunn is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Florida (PY5502) and has served as a consultant to school systems, foundations, universities, and attorneys on alcohol and substance use issues in addition to his academic position at UCF. Dr. Dunn established the Substance Use Research Group (SURG) at UCF to facilitate research, teaching, and community service related to alcohol and drug use. Dr. Dunn is always looking for motivated undergraduate and graduate students to join his active research group.

  • Alfonso, J., & Dunn, M. E. (2007). Differences in marijuana expectancies of adolescents in relation to marijuana use. Substance Use and Misuse, 42, 1009-1025.
  • Cruz, I. Y., Dunn, M. E. (2003). Lowering risk for early alcohol use by challenging alcohol expectancies in elementary children. Journal of Consulting and Clinical psychology, 71(3), 493-503.
  • Dunn, M. E., & Earleywine, M. (2001). Activation of alcohol expectancies in memory in relation to limb of the blood alcohol curve. (2001). Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 15(1), 18-24.
  • Dunn, M. E., Lau, H. C., Cruz, I. Y. (2000). Changes in activation of alcohol expectancies in memory in relation to changes in alcohol use after participation in an expectancy challenge program. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 8(4), 566-575.
  • Linkovich-Kyle, T. L., & Dunn, M. E. (2001). Consumption-related differences in the organizational and activation of marijuana expectancies in memory. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 9(3), 334-342.

November, 2010: Psychology professor Michael Dunn and Thomas Hall from UCF Student Development and Enrollment Services submitted a grant application under the U.S. Department of Education Grant Program Models of Exemplary, Effective and Promising Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse Prevention Programs on College Campuses. The approved project is titled “The Digital Generation: Leveraging Technology to Reduce High-Risk Drinking.” The grant is for $185,278 and will cover two year’s worth of work from Dunn and Hall. Their research is on approaches used in reducing alcohol abuse in college students specifically studying the role technology plays in the process.

August, 2010: Congratulations!  Dr. Dunn’s grant application as been approved for recognition and funding under the US Department of Education Grant Program Models of Exemplary, Effective and Promising Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse Prevention Programs on College Campuses. Funded Amount: $185,278.Title: The Digital Generation: Leveraging Technology to Reduce High-Risk Drinking.

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