Catherine Stanger

Catherine Stanger, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Dr. Catherine Stanger is an Associate Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University in 1990. She was a postdoctoral fellow and faculty member at the University of Vermont from 1989 to 2005, and then was an Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences until she moved to Dartmouth in 2012. Over the last 20 years, in collaboration with Dr. Alan Budney, she has conducted extensive research on the development and evaluation of innovative family-based interventions, specializing in parenting interventions for diverse populations, including substance-abusing parents and adolescents with substance use problems. Her clinical research has focused on innovative ways to use incentives to motivate behavior change in both teens and parents and she has collaborated with groups across the country to use her interventions. In addition, she has integrated research on decision making and brain processes into her work in order to understand risk factors and to improve treatment outcomes. Most recently, she has adapted her family-based intervention to help teens with type 1 diabetes improve their metabolic control. Dr. Stanger’s work has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development.