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Lydia A.  Shrier, MD, MPH

Department: Medicine
Research Centers: Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Research Center
Hospital Title: Senior Associate in Medicine
Academic Title: Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Research Area: Adolescent mental health and sexual risk behavior


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Research Overview

Dr. Shrier's research focuses on the link between mental health and risk behavior in adolescents and young adults.
Dr. Shrier has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and other sources to conduct research using momentary assessment methods with mobile devices to study emotional states, social contexts, and health behaviors in vivo. She has developed the MOMENT intervention, which uses smartphones to reduce marijuana use in heavily-using youth, and is currently conducting a randomized controlled trial to test the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of the intervention.

Dr. Shrier and her collaborators created the Safer Sex Intervention, a theory-based individualized intervention to reduce sexual risk behaviors in high-risk adolescent girls. The Safer Sex Intervention is featured in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Compendium of Evidence-Based HIV Prevention Interventions and was selected for replication funding as part of a $75M opportunity through the Office of Adolescent Health, Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, multiple sites across the U.S. are conducting replications of the Safer Sex Intervention.

About Lydia Shrier

Lydia Shrier received an MD with Distinction in Research from Albany Medical School. She completed an internship and residency in Pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital. She received an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Shrier was finalist for the Society for Adolescent Medicine's New Investigator Award in 2000 and 2001. She is the 2004 recipient of the Harvard Medical School 50th Anniversary Program for Scholars in Medicine Priscilla and Richard Hunt Fellowship. 

Key Publications 

Shrier LA, Ross CS, Blood EA. Momentary positive and negative affect preceding marijuana use events in youth. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. Accepted 2014

Levy S, Weiss R, Sherritt L, Ziemnik R, Spalding A, Van Hook S, Shrier L. Screening-to-brief-intervention (S2BI): An electronic screen for triaging adolescent substance use by risk levels. JAMA Pediatrics. Accepted 2014.

Shrier LA, Burke P, Rhoads A, Walls C, Blood EA. A real-time, contextual intervention using mobile technology to reduce marijuana use among youth: A pilot study. Addict Behav. 2014;39:173-180. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.09.028. 

Black SK, de Moor C, Kendall AD, Shrier LA. Feasibility of momentary sampling assessment of cannabis use in adolescents and young adults. J Child Adolesc Subst Abuse. 2014;23:177-184. Online 9 Apr 2014. DOI: 10.1080/1067828X.2013.786923

Shrier LA, Rhoads AM, Fredette ME, Burke PJ. “Counselor in your pocket”: Youth and provider perspectives on a mobile motivational intervention for marijuana use. Subst Use Misuse. 2014;49:134-144. DOI: 10.3109/10826084.2013.824470.

Blood EA, Shrier LA. The temporal relationship between momentary affective states and condom use in depressed adolescents. Arch Sex Behav. 2013;42:1209-1216. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-012-0048-y. 

Crosby R, Charnigo RA, Weathers C, Caliendo AM, Shrier LA. Condom effectiveness against non-viral sexually transmitted infections: A prospective study using electronic daily diaries. Sex Transm Infect. 2012;88(7):484-489.

Shrier LA, Walls C, Rhoads A, Blood EA. Individual and contextual predictors of severity of marijuana use events among young frequent users. Addict Behav. 2013;38:1448-1456. Online 23 Sept 2012. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.05.026. 

Bhushan D, Blood EA, Shrier LA. Momentary affective states predicting substance use events in depressed youth. Ment Health Subst Use. 2012;6:1-16. DOI:10.1080/17523281.2012.708357.

Shrier LA, Walls CE, Kendall AD, Blood EA. The context of desire to use marijuana: Momentary assessment of young people who frequently use marijuana. Psychol Addict Behav. 2012;26:821-829. DOI: 10.1037/a0029197. 

Sunner LE, Walls C, Blood EA, Mehta CM, Shrier LA. Feasibility and utility of momentary sampling of sex events in young couples. J Sex Res 2012;0:1-9. DOI:10.1080/00224499.2012.674574. 

Shrier LA, Walls C, Lops C, Kendall AD, Blood EA. Substance use, sexual intercourse, and condom nonuse among depressed adolescents and young adults. J Adolesc Health 2012;50:264-270. 

Shrier LA, Feldman HA, Black SK, Walls C, Kendall AD, Lops C, Beardslee WR. Momentary affective states surrounding sexual intercourse in depressed adolescents and young adults. Arch Sex Behav On-line 2011; DOI: 10.1007/s10508-011-9787-4. 

Shrier LA, Walls C, Lops C, Feldman HA. Correlates of incorrect condom use among depressed young women: an event-level analysis. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol On-line 2010; DOI:10.1016/j.jpag.2010.04.002. In print 2011;24:10-4. NIHMS 208556. 

Shrier LA, Schillinger JA, Aneja P, Rice PA, Batteiger BE, Braslins PG, Orr DP, Fortenberry JD. Depressive symptoms and sexual risk behavior in young, Chlamydia-infected, heterosexual dyads. J Adolesc Health 2009;45:63-69. 

Shrier LA, Koren S, Aneja P, de Moor C. Affect regulation, social context, and sexual intercourse in adolescents. Arch Sex Behav On-line 2008; DOI 10.1007/s10508-008-9394-1. Print 2010;39:695-705. 

Shrier LA, Shih M-C, Hacker L, de Moor C. A momentary sampling study of the affective experience following coital events in adolescents. J Adolesc Health 2007;40:357.e1-e8.

Shrier LA. Ancheta R, Goodman E, Chiou VM, Lyden MR, Emans SJ. Randomized controlled trial of a safer sex intervention for high-risk adolescent girls. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2001;155:73-79.

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