Kristina Phillips

Kristina Phillips


Psychological Sciences
Education and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Information

McKee Hall 14Q
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
Psychological Sciences
Campus Box 94
Greeley, CO 80639


Post-doctoral Fellow - Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS), Brown University

Clinical Psychology Intern - Consultation-Liaison/Health Psychology Track, Henry Ford Health System

Ph.D. - Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, Bowling Green State University

M.A. - Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, Bowling Green State University

B.S. - Psychology, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Professional/Academic Experience

Kristina Phillips is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences. She joined the faculty at the University of Northern Colorado in 2007 after completing her clinical internship at Henry Ford Health System and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS) at Brown University. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine from Bowling Green State University. Her primary research interests focus on negative consequences associated with substance use, in-the-moment assessment, and intervention development.

Dr. Phillips currently serves on a number of committees. She is a member of the Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She is also an advisory board member of the newly formed Research Society on Marijuana (RSMj). At the University of Northern Colorado, Dr. Phillips is the current chair (2017-2018) of the Faculty Research and Publication Board (FRPB), which reviews applications for internal research awards at the university.

Research/Areas of Interest

Dr. Phillips teaches a range of courses, including Psychology of Addiction, Abnormal Psychology, Health Psychology, and Clinical Psychology. She often works with students outside of the classroom on research projects in her lab and with students doing independent projects.

One line of Dr. Phillips’ current research program focuses on marijuana use among college students. A new project on this topic was recently funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and includes a large team of other faculty, undergraduates and graduate students. This study uses ecological momentary assessment (EMA) to learn about participants “in the moment” using smartphones. The study examines a range of correlates and outcomes associated with marijuana use (e.g., craving, academic problems, depression, impulsivity) in order to inform a new intervention. Another recent study established the feasibility of using EMA with college students who frequently use marijuana. This study also examined the relationship between marijuana use, craving, and academic concerns. The long-term objective of this research is to develop and test the efficacy of an ecological momentary intervention.

A second line of Dr. Phillips’ work focuses on reducing high-risk practices associated with injection drug use. With funds from NIH, Dr. Phillips and colleagues developed and tested an intervention for injection drug users in Denver. She is now collaborating on a larger 5-year NIH-funded project testing the efficacy of the intervention with hospitalized heroin and cocaine users in Boston.

Publications/Creative Works

Selected Publications

Phillips, K.T., Anderson, B.J., Herman, D., Liebschutz, J.M., & Stein, M.D. (in press). Risk factors associated with skin and soft tissue infections among hospitalized people who inject drugs. Journal of Addiction Medicine.

Phillips, K.T., Phillips, M.M., & Duck, K.D. (in press). Factors associated with marijuana use and problems among college students in Colorado. Substance Use & Misuse.

Sorensen, C., DeSanto, K., Borgelt, L., Phillips, K.T., & Monte, A. (2017). Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome: Diagnosis, pathophysiology and treatment – A systematic review. Journal of Medical Toxicology, 13(1), 71-87.

Phillips, K.T. (2016). Barriers to practicing risk reduction strategies among people who inject drugs. Addiction Research & Theory, 24(1), 62-68.

Phillips, K.T., Phillips, M.M., Lalonde, T.L., & Tormohlen, K.N. (2015). Marijuana use, craving, and academic motivation and performance among college students: An in-the-moment study. Addictive Behaviors, 47, 42-47.

Phillips, M.M., Phillips, K.T., Lalonde, T.L., & Dykema, K.R. (2014). Feasibility of text messaging for ecological momentary assessment of marijuana use in college students. Psychological Assessment, 26(3), 947-957.

Phillips, K.T., Altman, J.K., Corsi, K.F., & Stein, M.D. (2013). Development of a risk reduction intervention to reduce bacterial and viral infections for injection drug users. Substance Use & Misuse, 48(1-2), 54-64.

Phillips, K.T., Stein, M.D., Anderson, B.J., & Corsi, K.F. (2012). Skin and needle hygiene intervention for injection drug users: Results from a randomized, controlled Stage I pilot trial. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 43, 313-321.

Honors and Awards

Current and Recently Funded External Grants

Understanding the Dynamics of College Student Marijuana Use: A Study using Ecological Momentary Assessment

R15 (DA041656), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 2016-2019             

Investigators: Kristina Phillips (PI), Michael Phillips (PI), Trent Lalonde (Co-I), and Michael Stein (OSC)

Preventing Bacterial and Viral Infections among Injection Drug Users

R01 (DA034957), NIDA, 2013-2018              

Investigators: Michael Stein (PI), Kristina Phillips (Co-I), and Jane Liebschutz (Co-I)

Reduction of Medical Complications associated with Injection Drug Use

R21 (DA026773), NIDA, 2009-2011

Investigators: Kristina Phillips (PI), Michael Stein (Co-I), and Karen Corsi (Co-I)

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