Dawn W Foster, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Assistant Professor, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Yale School of Public Health

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Division of Addictions | Foster Lab | Psychology Section

School of Public Health: Chronic Disease Epidemiology


A central theme of my research is the focus on social psychological principles related to etiology, prevention, and treatment of substance use among adolescents and young adults. My research objective is to better understand individual and contextual factors associated with risks for substance use so as to inform intervention and prevention efforts.

Education & Training

PhD University of Houston (2013)
MA University of Texas (2012)
MPH University of Texas, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences (2008)
Postdoctoral Fellow Harvard University

Honors & Recognition

  • NIDA Women & Sex/Gender Differences Junior Investigator Travel Award; The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (2015)

  • Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology; Minority Travel Award (2013)

  • Psychology Institute Fellowship; American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellowship Program (2013)

  • Presidential Graduate Fellowship (2012)

  • Presidential Graduate Fellowship (2011)

  • International Student Academic Excellence Scholarship (2006)

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship (2004)

Professional Service

  • American Psychological Association (APA) (2013 - 2014) Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Co-Chair for the Task Force for Translating Psychological Science for the Public

Edit this profile