Dr. Nisha Gottfredson is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and a faculty affiliate at the UNC Center for Developmental Science. She also holds an adjunct faculty position with the UNC Department of Psychology & Neuroscience.

Dr. Gottfredson’s primary research interests are in how problems with substance use develop and how problems with substance use affect development. Drawing from her background in developmental science and doctoral training in advanced statistical methods (Quantitative Psychology), Dr. Gottfredson uses longitudinal data to understand how all levels of the social ecological framework interact to give rise to, maintain, and promote recovery from substance use disorders. She is particularly interested in the inter-generational transmission of risk for addiction from birth through emerging adulthood.

For information on active research studies in Dr. Gottfredson’s lab, please visit the eSTAR and STAR Moms tabs.

You can access a listing of Dr. Gottfredson’s manuscripts and full text documents by visiting the following sites:


Pub Med