Dr. Dvorak is not considering applicants as a major advisor for the program start date of August 2023.

Dr. Dvorak is an Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology program at UCF. He earned his BA in Sociology from Northern State University and his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of South Dakota. He completed his pre-doctoral residency at Brown University Clinical Psychology Consortium. Dr. Dvorak’s research interests include: (1) examining the role of cognitive, affective, and behavioral self-regulation in health-compromising behaviors, (2) assessing factors associated with health-compromising behaviors in real-time through experience sampling methodology, (3) and developing mobile and web-based interventions to reduce involvement in health compromising behaviors. He is the Vice President of The Research Society for Marijuana and is editor-in-chief of the societies journal Cannabis.


Lamis, D. A., Ballard, E. D., May, A. M. & Dvorak, R. D. (in press). Depressive Symptoms and Suicidal Ideation in College Students: The Mediating and Moderating Roles of Hopelessness, Alcohol Problems, and Social Support. Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Elhai, J. D., Levine, J. C., Dvorak, R. D., & Hall, B. J. (2016). Fear of missing out, need for touch, anxiety and depression are related to problematic smartphone use. Computers in Human Behavior, 63, 509-516.

Dvorak, R. D., Pearson, M. R., Neighbors, C., Martens, M. M., Stevenson, B. L., Kuvaas, N. J. (2016). A Road Paved with Safe Intentions: Increasing Intentions to use Alcohol Protective Behavioral Strategies via Deviance Regulation Theory. Health Psychology, 35(6), 304-313.

Dvorak, R. D., Pearson, M. R., Sargent, E. M.Stevenson, B. L., & Mfon, A. (2016). Daily Associations between Emotional Functioning and Alcohol Involvement: Moderating Effects of Response Inhibition and Gender. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 163, S46-53.

Dvorak, R. D.Kuvaas, N. J., Kilwein, T. M., Wray, T. B., Stevenson, B. L., & Sargent, E. M. (2016). Are drinking motives associated with sexual “hookups” among college student drinkers? Journal of American College Health, 64(2), 133-138.

Dvorak, R. D., Kuvaas, N. J., Lamis, D. A., Pearson, M. R., & Stevenson, B. L. (2015). Emotionally up and down, behaviorally to and fro: Drinking motives mediate the synergistic effects of urgency and emotional instability on alcohol outcomes. Journal of Drug Education: Substance Abuse Research & Prevention, 45(3-4), 156-184.

Charak, R., Koot, H. M., Dvorak, R. D., Elklit, A., & Elhai, J. D. (2015). Unique Versus Cumulative Effects of Physical and Sexual Assault on Patterns of Adolescent Substance use. Psychiatry Research, 230(3), 763-769.

Dvorak, R. D., Pearson, M. R., Neighbors, C., & Martens, M. M. (2015). Fitting In and Standing Out: Increasing the Use of Alcohol Protective Behavioral Strategies with a Deviance Regulation Intervention. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(3), 482-493.


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