Dr. Lidia Meshesha is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at UCF. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Williams College and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Memphis. Subsequently, she completed her clinical psychology residency and postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University. Dr. Meshesha’s research interests include:

  • Behavioral interventions for addiction focusing on increasing alternative rewards
  • Use of behavioral economic theory to understand etiology, maintenance, and treatment of addiction
  • The use of mobile technology in addiction treatment
  • Mechanisms in addictive behavior change
  • Health risk behaviors

Dr. Meshesha’s lab is the: Designing Research and Education for Addiction Management (DREAM) Lab. Visit the lab website here.

Select Publications

Meshesha, L.Z., Magri, T.D., Braun, T.D., Sillice, M.A, Nguyen, M.D., Suren, V., & Abrantes, A.M. (2023). Patient Perspective on the Role of Substance-Free Activities During Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment: A Mixed-Method Study. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly41(3), 309-321.

Aston, E. R., Meshesha, L. Z., Stevens, A. K., Borsari, B., & Metrik, J. (2023). Cannabis demand and use among veterans: A prospective examination. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Abrantes, A.M., Meshesha, L.Z., Blevins, C.E., Battle, C., Lindsay, C., Marsh, E., Feltus, S., Buman, M., Agu, E., & Stein, M.D. (2022). A Smartphone Physical Activity App for Patients in Alcohol Treatment: An Open Pilot Trial. JMIR Formative Research, 6(10), e35926.

Meshesha, L.Z., Emery, N.N., Blevins, C.E., Battle, C.Y., March, E., Feltus, S., Stein, M.D., & Abrantes, A.M. (2021). Behavioral Activation, Affect, and Self-Efficacy in the Context of Alcohol Treatment for Women with Elevated Depressive Symptoms. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Meshesha, L.Z., Aston, E.R., Teeters, J.B., Blevins, C.E., Battle, C.L., Marsh, E., Feltus, S., Stein, M.E & Abrantes, A. (2020), Evaluating Alcohol Demand, Craving, and Depressive Symptoms among Women in Alcohol Treatment. Addictive Behaviors, 109, 106475.