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Kristina Phillips

Kristina Phillips

Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences

School of Psychological Sciences
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Information

(970) 351-2428

Kristina Phillips, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and primary research interests focus on negative consequences associated with illicit drug use, intervention development, and treatment outcome research. One line of her research program focuses on marijuana use, craving, and academic motivation among college student marijuana users. Phillips and her colleagues are currently collecting data on a range of marijuana-related factors that may be impacting academic success among university students. Marijuana use among young adults is a substantial problem across the U.S., with 30 percent of 18-25 year olds in the state of Colorado reporting use of marijuana within the last month. With recent changes to the legal status of marijuana in Colorado, it will be important to learn more about marijuana-use factors that may impact college success and motivation for academic work. A second line of Dr. Phillips’ work focuses on reducing high-risk practices among injection drug users that put them at risk for viral and bacterial infections. With funds from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Phillips developed and tested an intervention for injection drug users in Denver. She is now collaborating on a larger 5-year NIDA funded project testing the efficacy of this brief intervention with hospitalized drug injectors in Boston.


Illicit drug use

Consequences, intervention development, and treatment outcome research


Use, craving, and academic motivation among college student marijuana users.