Sarah Maloney


Doctoral Student
Health Program

Research Lab

Center for the Study of Tobacco Products

Faculty Adviser

Thomas Eissenberg, Ph.D.

I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northern Kentucky University in 2013. I joined the health psychology doctoral program at VCU in 2015 after spending two years working as a research coordinator for Cecile Marczinski, Ph.D., in the Alcohol and Energy Drink Lab. I am currently working in the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products investigating nicotine delivery and abuse liability of electronic cigarettes, traditional cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapy. My main research interests are primarily in clinical behavioral psychopharmacology, but I have recently developed an interest in qualitative methods for investigating novel tobacco and drug use trends via social media. I am also interested in investigating the psychopharmacological effects, cognitive effects and abuse liability of polydrug use.

Select Publications

Marczinski, C. A., Fillmore, M. T., Maloney, S. F., & Stamates, A. L. (2017). Faster self-paced rate of drinking for alcohol mixed with energy drinks versus alcohol alone. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31, 154-161.
Soule, E. K., Maloney, S. F., Guy, M. G., Eissenberg, T., & Fagan, P. (2017). User identified positive outcome expectancies associated with electronic cigarette use: A concept mapping study. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31, 343-353.
Lopez, A. A., Hiler, M., Maloney, S., Eissenberg, T., Breland, A. (2016). Expanding clinical laboratory tobacco product evaluation methods to loose-leaf tobacco vaporizers. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 169, 33-40.
Marczinski, C. A., Fillmore, M. T., Stamates, A. L., & Maloney, S. F. (2016). Desire to drink alcohol is enhanced with high caffeine energy drink mixers. Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, 40, 1982-1990.
Soule, E. K., Maloney, S. F., Spindle, T. R., Rudy, A. K., Hiler, M. M., & Cobb, C. O. (2016). Electronic cigarette use and indoor quality in a natural setting. Tobacco Control, 26, 109-112.