Zoe Alley, Ph.D.

Early Career Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Zoe Alley has a background in health psychology and specializes in the application of advanced quantitative methods. Currently, she works on a number of NIH-funded research grants, with her efforts focused on research design, measurement development and evaluation, and advanced statistical analyses. Dr. Alley believes that the combination of strong study design and quantitative methodologies is integral to bridging the gap between science and practice.

Dr. Alley graduated from Oregon State University in December, 2020. Her training in developmental psychopathology emphasized theoretical and methodological implications for prevention and treatment research, with a particular emphasis on quantitative methods such as advanced regression, latent growth curve modeling, SEM, and psychometrics. Her interest in strong quantitative methods is apparent in her research to date, which has focused on external factors (e.g., policy and social influences) associated with delinquency and substance use during adolescence and emerging adulthood. For example, her publications include an application of multilevel models to evaluate the association between changes in substance use policy and rates of use among college students, and her dissertation merged longitudinal and experimental methods to investigate how an untrustworthy appearance may predict future delinquency (and vice versa) in at-risk youth. Today, she applies her expertise in quantitative methods across prevention, intervention, and implementation research at OSLC.

Selected Publications

  • Alley, Z. M., Kerr, D. C. R., & Bae, H. (2020). Trends in college students’ alcohol, nicotine, prescription opioid and other drug use after recreational marijuana legalization: 2008–2018. Addictive Behaviors, 102, 106-212. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106212

  • Alley, Z. M., Kerr, D. C. R., Wilson, J. P., & Rule, N. O. (2019). Prospective associations between boys’ substance use and problem behavior histories and their facial trustworthiness in adulthood. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 38(8), 647-670. doi:10.1521/jscp.2019.38.7.647

  • Kerr, D. C. R., Bae, H., & Alley, Z. M. (2019). Enhancing gender and ethnic representativeness of NCHA-II data with survey weights: The examples of substance use prevalence and state marijuana legalization. Journal of American College Health, 1-8. doi:10.1080/07448481.2019.1679151