Eric R. Pedersen

Eric R. Pedersen
Adjunct Behavioral Scientist


Ph.D. in clinical psychology, University of Washington

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Eric R. Pedersen is an adjunct behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. His primary affiliation is with the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. His research interests are primarily in the areas of young adult/adolescent alcohol use and comorbid mental health disorders. Pedersen has received funding to develop brief, online interventions to reduce alcohol misuse among young adult populations such as college students and recently discharged veterans. He is interested in finding ways to target comorbid Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders among active duty and young adult veterans, as well as using internet-based methods to help reduce alcohol misuse and promote treatment engagement among non–treatment-seeking young adults. He is also serving as the director of Project ALERT, which is a school-based drug prevention program for middle school youth developed at RAND. He is currently examining how cannabis use among young adults has changed during the time of recreational legalization. He trained at the VA San Diego, where he focused on rotations in empirically supported interventions for PTSD and dual diagnoses (i.e., comorbid substance abuse and mental health disorders). Pedersen earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Washington.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Selected Publications

Pedersen, E. R., Firth, C., Rodriguez, A., Shih, R. A., Seelam, R., Kraus, L., Dunbar, M. S., Tucker, J. S., Kilmer, B., & D’Amico, E.J., "Examining associations between licensed and unlicensed outlet density and cannabis outcomes from pre- to post-opening of recreational cannabis outlets," The American Journal on Addictions, 30, 2021

Pedersen, E. R., Bouskill, K. E., Holliday, S.B., Cantor, J., Smucker, S., Mizel, M. L., Skrabala, L., Kofner, A. & Tanielian, T., Improving Substance Use Care: Addressing Barriers to Expanding Integrated Treatment Options for Post-9/11 Veterans., RAND (RR-4354), 2020

Pedersen, E. R., D’Amico, E. J., LaBrie, J. W., Klein, D. J., Farris, C., & Griffin, B. A., "Alcohol and sexual risk among American college students studying abroad," Prevention Science, 21, 2020

Pedersen, E. R., Neighbors, C., Atkins, D. C., Lee, C. M., & Larimer, M. E., "Brief online interventions targeting risk and protective factors for increased and problematic alcohol use among American college students studying abroad," Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31, 2017

Pedersen, E.R., Parast, L., Marshall, G. N., Schell, T. L., & Neighbors, C., "A randomized controlled trial of a web-based personalized normative feedback alcohol intervention for young adult veterans," Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85, 2017

Pedersen, E. R., Huang, W., Dvorak, R. D., Prince, M., Hummer, J. F., & Marijuana Outcomes Study Team., "The Protective Behavioral Strategies for Marijuana Scale: Further examination using Item Response Theory," Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31, 2017

Pedersen, E. R., "Using the solid research base on pregaming to begin intervention development: An epilogue to the special issue on college pregaming," Substance Use and Misuse, 51, 2016

Pedersen, E.R., Helmuth, E. D., Marshall, G. N., Schell, T. L., PunKay, M., & Kurz, J., "Using Facebook to recruit young adult veterans: Online mental health research," JMIR Research Protocols, 4(2), 2015