Note: Dr. Meshesha is considering graduate student applicants as a major advisor for the 2021-2022 application cycle.

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 is accepting students for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students with an interest in risky health behaviors, treatment development, or substance use research are encouraged to apply.

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

Select Publications

  • Meshesha, L. Z., Dennhardt, A. A., & Murphy, J. G. (2015). Polysubstance use is associated with deficits in substance-free reinforcement in college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76(1), 106-116.
  • Murphy, J. G., Yurasek, A. M., Meshesha, L. Z., & Dennhardt, A. A., MacKillop, J., Skidmore, J. R., & Martens, M. P. (2014). Family history of problem drinking is associated with less sensitivity of alcohol demand to next-day responsibility. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75(4), 653-663.
  • Tripp, J. C., Meshesha, L. Z., Teeters, J. B., Pickover, A. M., McDevitt-Murphy, M. E., & Murphy, J. G. (2015). Alcohol craving and demand mediate the relation between posttraumatic stress symptoms and alcohol-related consequences. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 23(5), 324-331.
  • Meshesha, L. Z., Utzelmann, B., Dennhardt, A.A., & Murphy, J.G. (2018). A behavioral economic analysis of marijuana and other drug use among heavy drinking young adults. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 4(1), 65-75.
  • Meshesha, L.Z., Abrantes, A.M., Anderson, B.J., Blevins, C., Caviness, C.M., & Stein, M.D. (2019). Marijuana use motives mediate the association between experiences of childhood abuse and marijuana use outcomes among emerging adults. Addictive Behaviors, 93, 166-172.
  • Murphy, J.G., Dennhardt, A.A., Martens, M.P., Borsari, B., Witkiewitz, K., & Meshesha, L.Z. (2019). A Randomized Clinical Trial Evaluating the Efficacy of a Brief Alcohol Intervention Supplemented with a Substance-Free Activity Session or Relaxation Training. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 87(7), 657.
  • Teeters, J.B., Meshesha, L.Z., Dennahrdt, A.M., & Murphy, J.G. (2019). Elevated demand and proportionate substance-related reinforcement are associated with driving after cannabis use. Canadian Journal of Addiction, 20(3), 42-50.