Christina S. Lee

Assistant Professor
  • Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology

Office: 404 INV
Phone: 617.373.2470

Ph.D., New York University
M.A., Ed.M., Columbia University
Post-doctoral Fellowship, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Brown University

Research: Dr. Lee’s programmatic research focuses on immigrant health and the reduction of risky health behaviors.  Her clinical specialty area is on motivational interviewing (MI) and brief interventions.  She has been Principal Investigator or co-Investigator on several NIH grants examining the efficacy of culturally adapted motivational interviewing, the use of inexpensive technology to disseminate empirically-based substance abuse treatment, clinician decision-making with minority adolescents, and the effects of training medical staff to deliver interventions.  Other research interests include:   acculturation stress and risky health behavior, methods to promote minority participation in clinical research and treatment, and mechanisms underlying behavioral treatment.  She completed pre and post-doctoral NIH fellowships in Addictions Treatment Research at the Center for Alcohol Studies and Addiction at Brown University.  Since 2004, she has been a member of the MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers), has trained and supervised psychologists and medical staff to deliver MI, and is on the Editorial Board for Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, APA’s Division 45 journal.

Courses taught at Northeastern:

Fall 2012 CAEP 6220, Development across the Lifespan

Spring 2013 CAEP  6375, Substance Use and Treatment

Fall 2013 Motivational Interviewing in Health Care Setting

1999, Trainer, Dialectical Behavior Therapy
2004, Member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers
2011, Licensed Psychologist, Rhode Island
2012, Member, National Hispanic Science Network

Sample publications:
Lee, C.S., Rohsenow, D., Colby, S.M., Caetano, R., Hernandez, L., and Lopez, S.R. (In press).  Randomized clinical trial testing culturally adapted versus un-adapted Motivational Interviewing for Latino heavy drinkers.  Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.

Lee, C.S., Lopez, S.R., Colby, S.M., Rohsenow, D., Hernandez, L., Caetano, R. (In press) Acculturation stress and Drinking problems among urban heavy drinking Latinos in the Northeast.  Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.

Lee, C.S.,Nirenberg, T., Longabaugh, R., Baird, J., Mello, M.J., and Woolard, R.  (2010).  The Change Plan as an Active Ingredient of Brief Motivational Interventions for Reducing Negative Consequences of Drinking in Hazardous Drinking Emergency Department Patients.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 71 (5), 726-733. 

Funded Research:
Funded Research Culturally Tailored Motivational Interviewing for Hispanics [R01AA021136-01], National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 12/15/12-12/15/17, Principal Investigator.

ReDial: A Telephone brief Intervention for Injured Emergency Department Patients.  [R01AA017895-01], National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 3/1/10-2/28/15, (Michael J. Mello, PI)., Co-Investigator

Northeastern Seed Grant/Proof of Concept Program ($50,000), 9/1/12-6/302013. (Lead PI: Alisa Lincoln).  "Exploring the use of Innovative Technology in Behavioral Health".  Co-Principal Investigator.