Amy Copeland,  Professor

photo of CopelandOffice: 215 Audubon Hall
Department of Psychology
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Office Phone: (225) 578-4117
Email: copelan@lsu.edu

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Dr. Amy Copeland is currently accepting new students.

Present Positions

Professor
Psychology Department
Louisiana State University

Adjunct  Professor
Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Research Interests

My research interests focus on cognitive and affective variables in substance use initiation, maintenance, cessation, and relapse. I am primarily interested in licit (tobacco/nicotine) and illicit (cocaine, methamphetamine) psychomotor stimulants.

More specifically, my interests include:

  • weight concern, beliefs about weight control, beliefs about health consequences, and stimulant use
  • smoking cessation and relapse prevention as it pertains to high-risk cues for relapse
  • prevention of substance use, and
  • impaired decision-making in substance use and cessation.
  • Brief motivational enhancement interventions for alcohol and smoking.

DR. COPELAND is conducting research in stimulant use, primarily nicotine dependence and smoking cessation. She is presently interested in identifying how mood and beliefs about smoking affect ongoing smoking, smoking cessation and relapse. Student responsibilities include interviewing subjects, data scoring, data entry, and library work. Interested students should contact Dr. Copeland in room 215 Audubon Hall, 578-4117.

Education

B.A., 1990, Psychology, University of California, San Diego
Ph.D., 1997, Clinical Psychology, State University of New York, Binghamton.
Internship & Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1996-1998, Public Service & Minority Mental Health, Specialization in Substance Abuse & HIV, University of California, San Francisco.

Teaching

I presently teach the following courses: 

  • PSYC 7960 – Supervision and Consultation in Psychology
  • PSYC 7688/7689 – Clinical Practicum
  • PSYC 3083 – Clinical & Counseling Psychology
  • PSYC 2999 & 4999 - Research & Honors Research Projects

Representative Publications

* indicates student co-author

*Roys, M. R., Stewart, S. A., Waters, A. F., & Copeland, A. L. (under review). Mindfulness for coping with smoking urges motivated by negative affect.

*Roys, M. R., Waters, A. F., Peltier, M. R., Stewart, S. A., & Copeland, A. L. (under review). Shifts in e-cigarette use and perceptions among college students: A 3-year analysis.

*Stewart, S. A., Peltier, M. R., Roys, M. R., Waters, A. F., Harmony, Z., & Copeland, A. L. (under review). The Influence of hormonal contraceptive use on smoking, mood, and cessation attempts in college females.

Terlecki, M. A., Buckner, J. D., & Copeland, A. L. (in press). Protective behavioral strategies underutilization mediates effect of a brief motivational intervention among socially anxious undergraduate drinkers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

*Waters, A. F. & Copeland, A. L. (in press). Behavioral Health after a Natural Disaster. In K. E. Cherry (Ed.). The Intersection of Trauma and Disaster Behavioral Health. Springer.

*Stewart, S. A., Harmony, Z. R., & Copeland, A. L. (2020). Electronic cigarette use among college students. In E-Cigarettes: Perspectives, Regulation and Health Effects. Hauppauge New York: Nova Science. Publishers.

*Waters, A. F., Peltier, M. R., Roys, M. R., Stewart, S. A., & Copeland, A. L. (2020). Smoking and suicidal ideation among college students: Smoking expectancies as potential moderators. Journal of American College Health. DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2020.1719112.

*Roys, M. R., Peltier, M. R., Stewart, S. A., Waters, A. F., Waldo, K. M., Copeland, A. L. (2019). The Role of Problematic Alcohol Use and Risk Perceptions in Determining E-cigarette Use. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. DOI: 10.1080/00952990.2019.1654486

*Peltier, M. R., Waters, A. F., Roys, M. R., Stewart, S. A., Waldo, K. M., & Copeland, A. L. (2019). Dual users of e-cigarettes and cigarettes have greater positive smoking expectancies than regular smokers: A study of smoking expectancies among college students. Journal of American College Health.

*Waters, A. F., Kendzor, D. E., Roys, M. R., Stewart, S. A., & Copeland, A. L. (2019). Financial strain mediates the relationship between socioeconomic status and smoking. Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, 5, 1-8.

*Peltier, M. R., Roys, M., Waters, A. F., Vinci, C., Waldo, K. M., Stewart, S. A., Toups, R., Jones, L., and Copeland, A. L. (2018). Motivation and readiness for tobacco cessation among nicotine dependent postmenopausal females: A pilot study. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 26, 125-131.

Copeland, A. L., *Peltier, M. R., & *Waldo, K. (2017). Attitudes toward E-cigarette use among college students. Addictive Behaviors.

*Vinci, C., Spears, C. A., Peltier, M. R., & Copeland, A. L. (2017). Facets of mindfulness mediate the relationship between depressive symptoms and smoking behavior. Mindfulness.

Copeland, A. L., Waldo, K., Peltier, M. R. (2017). Drug use disorder: Diagnosis. In Amy E. Wenzel (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.

Copeland, A. L., Waldo, K., Peltier, M. R. (2017). Drug use disorder: Treatment. In Amy E. Wenzel (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.

Copeland, A. L. & Hecht, G. S. (2017). Agonist Substitution. In Amy E. Wenzel (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.