Traci Schwinn

Research Scientist


Since graduating from CSSW in 2000 with her MS and in 2009 with her PhD, Traci has been developing and testing technology-based interventions to prevent substance abuse and other risky behaviors among adolescents. In particular, her work focuses on tailoring interventions for girls and urban youth. Though her past work has focused on New York City area youth, she is interested in using web-based interventions to reach a national sample of youths. Traci also serves on the Institutional Review Board for the Morningside campus and is an adjunct professor at CSSW.

Research Interests:

  • Adolescent substance abuse prevention
  • Gender-specific interventions
  • Family-based interventions
  • Urban youth
  • Computer-, Web-, and application-based interventions
  • Online data collection
  • Health promotion

Current Projects:

  • Developing and testing a Web-based, gender specific drug prevention program with a national sample of adolescent girls.
  • Developing and testing a Web-based drug prevention program for Hispanic youth in the Washington Heights area.

Past Projects:

  • Developed and tested an alcohol abuse prevention program for urban youth via CD-ROM.
  • Developed and tested a family-based intervention to reduce girls drug abuse by CD-ROM and Internet.
  • Pilot tested a Web-based intervention for girls and their mothers who reside in public housing to reduce the risks associated with girls' drug use, increase mother-daughter connectedness, and improve girls' dietary practices.

Selected Publications:

Schwinn, T. M., & Schinke, S. P. (in press). Alcohol use and related behaviors among late adolescent urban youth: Peer and parent influences. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Use.

Schwinn, T. M. & Schinke, S. P. (2010). Preventing alcohol use among late adolescent urban youth: 6-year results from a computer-based intervention. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 71, 535-538.

Schinke, S. P., Schwinn, T. M., & Fang, L. (2010). Longitudinal outcomes of an alcohol abuse prevention program for urban adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 46, 451-457.

Schwinn, T. M., Schinke, S. P., & Trent, D. N. (2010). Substance use among late adolescent urban youths: Mental health and gender influences. Addictive Behaviors, 35, 30-34.

Schwinn, T. M., Schinke, S. P., & Di Noia, J. (2010). Preventing drug abuse among adolescent girls: Outcome data from an internet-based intervention. Prevention Science, 11, 24-32.

Schinke, S. P., Schwinn, T. M., & Cole, K. C. (2006). Preventing alcohol abuse among early adolescents through family and computer-based interventions: Four-year outcomes and mediating variables. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 18, 149-161.

Schinke, S. P., Di Noia, J., Schwinn, T. M., & Cole, K. C. (2006). Drug abuse risk and protective factors among Black urban adolescent girls: A group-randomized trial of computer-delivered mother-daughter intervention. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 20, 496-500.

Schinke, S. P., & Schwinn, T. M. (2005). Gender-specific intervention for preventing drug abuse among girls: A computer-based approach. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 31, 609-616.

Schinke, S. P., Schwinn, T. M., & Ozanian, A. J. (2005). Alcohol abuse prevention among high-risk youth via computer-based intervention. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 29, 117-130.