B.A., 2005, University of California, Berkeley (Major: Psychology, Minor: Anthropology)
M.A., 2008, University of Southern California (Major: Clinical Psychology)
Kelly is a graduate student in the Clinical Science doctoral program in Psychology at USC. She is also working toward a Master of Public Health dual-degree in the biostatistics/epidemiology track through the Keck School of Medicine. Kelly entered the program in 2006 with a Kellerman Fellowship from USC, and is currently working on research projects to (1) to characterize how alcohol-related cognitions interact with stressful life events to modify risk for the development of alcoholism in adulthood; and (2) to characterize whether genetic influences become more important in explaining variation in alcohol-related cognitions among adolescents once drinking begins.
Kelly received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F-31) from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a dissertation award from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, and a Travel Grant from NIH to present her dissertation research in Volterra, Italy. She was interviewed by the Department of Health and Human Services for their program “HHS Health Beat” regarding the published results from her Master’s thesis on mood-related drinking motives.
Kelly is currently completing her predoctoral fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine in the Clinical & Prevention Research Track within the Division of Substance Abuse.
Lee, L., Kendler, K. S., Young-Wolff, K. C., Prescott, C. A. (in press). The effects of age at drinking onset and stressful life events on alcohol use in adulthood: A replication and extension using a population-based twin sample. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
Young-Wolff, K. C., Enoch, M. A., Prescott, C. A. (2011). The influence of gene-environment interactions on alcohol consumption and alcohol use disorders: A comprehensive review. Clinical Psychology Review, 23, 800-816 .
Ericson, M. E., Tuvblad, C., Raine, A., Young-Wolff, K. C., Baker, L. (2011). Heritability and longitudinal stability of schizotypal traits during adolescence. Behavior Genetics, 41, 499-511.
Young-Wolff, K. C., Kendler, K. S., Ericson, M. L., Prescott, C. A. (2011). Accounting for the association between childhood maltreatment and alcohol-use disorders in males: a twin study. Psychological Medicine, 1, 59-70.
Sintov, N. D., Kendler, K. S., Young-Wolff, K. C., Walsh, D., Patterson, D. G., Prescott, C. A. (2010). Empirically defined subtypes of alcohol dependence in an Irish family sample. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 107, 230-236.
Young-Wolff, K. C., Kendler, K. S., Sintov, N. D., Prescott, C. A. (2009). Mood-related drinking motives mediate the familial association between major depression and alcohol dependence. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 33, 1476-1486 (highlighted article).