Tess K. Drazdowski, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Active Research Projects

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. Drazdowski is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined OSLC in 2018 after completing her postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA’s Integrated Substance Use Programs in the Semel Institute and her clinical internship at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Mailman Child Development Center. She holds a dual Ph.D. in clinical/developmental psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and two masters degrees in clinical psychology. Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree Dr. Drazdowski was a Project Coordinator at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research and clinical work focuses on important topics for underserved and at-risk populations. Most recently, her research has concentrated on the misuse of prescription drugs, cannabis, and polysubstance use with a strong focus on young adults. Dr. Drazdowski is interested in investigating how to improve access to evidence-based practices for youth and young adults with substance use and mental health problems, particularly for those with justice system involvement. She has published peer-review articles on anxiety, sleep, substance use, juvenile delinquents, urban adolescents, sexual and ethnic minorities, and young adults. She enjoys analyzing longitudinal datasets, training and supervising providers across systems, and working with adolescents and young adults from a strength-based perspective.

Selected Publications

  • Drazdowski, T. K., Kelly, L. M., & Kliewer, W. L. (2020). Motivations for the nonmedical use of prescription drugs in a longitudinal national sample of young adults. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 114, 108013.

  • Sheidow, A. J., McCart, M. R., Chapman, J. E., & Drazdowski, T. K. (2020). Capacity of juvenile probation officers in low-resourced, rural settings to deliver an evidence-based substance use intervention to adolescents. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 34, 76-88.

  • Drazdowski, T. K., Kliewer, W. L., & Marzell, M. (2019). College students’ using marijuana to sleep relates to frequency, problematic use, and sleep problems. Journal of American College Health, 9, 1-10.

  • Drazdowski, T. K. (2016). A systematic review of the motivations for the non-medical use of prescription drugs in young adults. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 162, 3-25. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.01.011

  • Drazdowski, T. K., Perrin, P., Trujillo, M., Sutter, M., Benotsch, E. G., & Snipes, D. J. (2016). Structural equation modeling of the effects of racism, LGBTQ discrimination, and internalized oppression on illicit drug use in LGBTQ people of color. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 159, 255-262. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.12.029

  • Drazdowski, T. K., Jäggi, L., Borre-Montealegre, A., & Kliewer, W. L. (2015). Use of prescription drugs and future delinquency among adolescent offenders. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 48, 28-36. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2014.07.008