Research Interests: Prevention methodology, health behavior change, health risk behaviors, mental health
Ginger Lockhart is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology within the Sociobehavioral Epidemiology emphasis. With training in human development and prevention methodology, Dr. Lockhart’s research is driven by two primary goals: 1) understand the development of health risk behavior across adolescence and adulthood; 2) develop, test, and apply statistical methods designed to characterize effects in prevention and intervention studies. In her ongoing research of impoverished adolescents’ health behaviors, Dr. Lockhart has examined how contextual transitions contribute to changes in trajectories of health risk behaviors, including substance use, delinquent behavior, and risky sexual activity. Related to this work, she is currently exploring how adolescents’ unhealthy snacking behaviors change in conjunction with social environmental changes.
Dr. Lockhart’s methodological work focuses on identifying and testing statistical strategies for improving the estimation of models applicable to prevention science. She is currently working with colleagues at USU and other universities to improve estimation techniques of indirect, or mediated effects for prevention and intervention studies. Additional quantitative areas of interest include complex mixture modeling and integrating theories of health behavior change with statistical methods.
Dr. Lockhart obtained her PhD in Human Development from Arizona State University and completed her prevention science training at the Prevention Research Center as a pre-doctoral fellow. Following this, she received postdoctoral training in psychiatric epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and at David MacKinnon’s Research in Prevention Laboratory at Arizona State University. She is currently seeking a student to begin in Fall 2012.
LINK: Prevention Science Laboratory