Dr. Dvorak is a 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 (primarily substance use, eating pathology, and suicidal thoughts/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. Please check out his website ( for more details on his lab, research, and mentoring style.


Klaver. S.J., Dvorak, R.D.De Leon, A.N., Burr, E.K., Leary, A.V., Hayden, E.R., Peterson, R., Allen, Q., & Gwaltney, C.J. (2023). Support for Incentive-Sensitization Theory in Adolescent Ad Libitum Smokers Using Ecological Momentary Assessment. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Burr, E. K. Dvorak, R. D.Kramer, M. P., & Ochoa, A. (2023). Emotion Regulation Difficulties are Associated with Loss-of-Control Eating Dependent on Degree of Narcissistic Traits in College Students. Eating Behaviors.

Maynard, M., Paulson, D., Dunn, M., and Dvorak, R. D. (2023). Relationship Between Cannabis Use and Immediate, Delayed, and Working Memory Performance Among Older Adults. Cannabis.

Leary, A.V.Dvorak, R. D.Burr, E. K., Peterson, R., De Leon, A. N., Klaver, S., Maynard, M. H., & Harm Reduction Research Group. (2023). Development and Validation of the Personal Assessment of Responsible Drinking Identity (PARDI). Psychological Assessment.

De Leon, A. N., Woerner, J., Dvorak, R. D., Cox, J., Magri, T. D.Hayden, E., Ahuja, M., Haeny, A. (2023) An examination of discrimination on stress, depression, and oppression-based trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial awakening of 2020. Chronic Stress.

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