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Aesoon Park, Ph.D.

Aesoon Park, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

511 Huntington Hall


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (minor in Psychological Statistics), University of Missouri-Columbia

Predoctoral Clinical Internship, Yale University School of Medicine

M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea

Certification and Licensure

Licensed Psychologist (Class II) in South Korea

Research and Teaching Interests

My research interests focus on individual difference and environmental factors on diverse health behaviors within developmental contexts. I am also interested in statistical techniques that account for the time-varying and multi-level nature of human development (e.g., structural equation model, multilevel model, latent mixture model).

I teach the following courses:

  • Statistical Methods II, PSY252, Undergraduate course (offered every fall and spring semester)
  • Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling, PSY780, Graduate course (offered spring semester of even years)
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology, PSY415, Undergraduate course

Current Graduate Students

Jueun Kim, Michelle Zaso, Jessica Desalu, and Patricia Goodhines.

Ongoing/Pending Research Projects

R15AA022496, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 09/2014-08/2018.Person-environment interplay in alcohol use and consequences among urban high school students. PI = Dr. Aesoon Park (collaborators = Drs. Stephen Maisto, Peter Vanable, Craig Ewart, John Belote, Stephen Glatt).This project aims to identify the risk pathways involving genetic and psychosocial-environmental risk factors of escalations in alcohol use and alcohol-related consequences (and other high-risk health behaviors) among high school students in a racially diverse urban school district.

F31AA025833, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 06/2017 – 05/31/2019, pending, Impact Score:17.Interplay between peer-based processes and alcohol metabolism genes on trajectories of alcohol use across adolescence.PI = Michelle Zaso (primary sponsor = Dr. Aesoon Park; co-sponsors = Drs. Stephen Maisto, Stephen Glatt).This NRSA predoctoral individual fellowship award aims to test the independent and interactive associations of genetic and peer-based contributors to membership in drinking trajectories over the course of adolescence and to support the advance doctoral student’s career development into an independent alcohol researcher. 

Cross-Sector/Interdisciplinary Grant, SU ADVANCE (supported by National Science Foundation grant HRD-1008643), Syracuse University. Alcohol use behaviors among Asian college students. Multiple PIs = Drs. Aesoon Park and Bei Yu (collaborators = Drs. Amanda Brown, Michael Marciano).This interdisciplinary research project aims to test effects of alcohol metabolism genes on alcohol-related experiences among Asian college students through collaboration among experts in addiction, genetics, linguistics, and text mining for health informatics. 

Representative Publications

(*with graduate student co-authors)

Park, A., Sher, K. J., Wood, P. K., & Krull, J. L. (2009). Dual mechanisms underlying accentuation of risky drinking via fraternity/sorority affiliation: The role of personality, peer norms, and alcohol availability. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 118, 241–255. doi:10.1037/a0015126 PMCID: PMC2742489

Park, A., Sher, K. J., & Krull, J. L. (2009). Selection and socialization of risky drinking during the college transition: The importance of micro-environments associated with specific living units. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23, 404–414. doi:10.1037/a0016293 PMCID: PMC2762188

Park, A., Sher, K. J., Todorov, A. A., & Heath, A. C. (2011). Interaction between the DRD4 VNTR polymorphism and proximal and distal environments in alcohol dependence during emerging and young adulthood. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 585–595. doi:10.1037/a0022648 PMCID: PMC3139825

*Park, A., Kim, J., & Sori, M. E. (2013). Short-term prospective influences of positive drinking consequences on heavy drinking. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27, 799–805. doi:10.1037/a0032906 PMID: 23772762.

*Park, A., Kim, J., Gellis, L. A., Zaso, M. J., & Maisto, S. A. (2014). Short-term prospective effects of impulsivity traits on college heavy drinking: Mediation by positive and negative drinking consequences. Journal of American College Health, 62, 517–525. doi:10.1080/07448481.2014.929579 PMID: 24901736

*Kim, J., Park, A., Glatt, S. J., Eckert, T. L., Vanable, P. A., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Carey, K. B., Ewart, C. K., & Carey, M. P. (2015). Interaction effects between the 5-hydroxy tryptamine transporter-linked polymorphic region (5-HTTLPR) genotype and family conflict on adolescent alcohol use and misuse. Addiction, 110, 289–299. doi: 10.1111/add.12753. PMID: 25294733

*Zaso, M. J., Park, A., & Antshel, K. M. (2016). Treatments for adolescents with comorbid ADHD and substance use disorder: A systematic review. Journal of Attention Disorders. 2015 Feb 5. doi: 10.1177/1087054715569280 PMID: 25655767 [Epub ahead of print]

*Park, A., Kim, J., Zaso, M. J., Glatt, S. J., Sher, K. J., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Eckert, T. L., Vanable, P. A., Carey, K. B., Ewart, C. K., & Carey, M. P. (2016). Interaction between the DRD4 VNTR polymorphism and perceived peer drinking norms in alcohol use among adolescents. Development and Psychopathology. doi:10.1017/S0954579416000080 PMID: 26902782 [Epub ahead of print]

*Zaso, M. J., Park, A., Kim, J., Gellis, L. A., Kwon, H., & Maisto, S. A. (2016). The associations among prior drinking consequences, subjective evaluations, and subsequent alcohol outcomes. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 30, 367-376. doi:10.1037/adb0000166 PMID: 27214171