Jinni Su, Ph.D.


Postdoctoral Fellow
817 W. Franklin St.
Suite B-16, Rm B-30
(804) 828-1683

Postdoctoral Fellow
Examining Development, Genes, and Environment (EDGE) Lab 
Ph.D. (2015), University of North Carolina - Greensboro

Research Interests

My research interests center on genetic and environmental influences on adolescent socio-emotional and behavioral health, with a focus on adolescent alcohol and substance use. Specifically, I am interested in: a) characterizing the heterogeneity of adolescent alcohol and substance use (e.g., identifying distinct patterns of comorbidity between alcohol and substance use and mental health problems, identifying distinct developmental trajectories of alcohol and substance use across development); b) examining how genetic predispositions and environmental factors (e.g., family processes, peer context) independently and interactively contribute to the etiology of adolescent alcohol and substance use, in light of the heterogeneous nature of alcohol and substance use behaviors; and c) examining the extent to which the patterns of alcohol and substance use behaviors and the pathways of risk for alcohol and substance use vary across gender and race/ethnicity. The larger goal of my research is to understand how genetic and environmental factors contribute to the development of risky patterns/trajectories of alcohol and substance use to inform intervention efforts for adolescents who are at risk.

Select Publications

Su, J., & Supple, A. J. (2016). School substance use norms and racial composition moderate parental and peer influences on adolescent substance use. American Journal of Community Psychology, 57, 280-290doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12043
Leerkes, E. M., Su, J., Reboussin, B. A., Daniel, S. S., Payne, C. C., & Grzywacz, J. G. (2016). Establishing the measurement invariance of the Very Short Form of the Infant Behavior Questionnaire Revised for mothers who vary on race and poverty status. Journal of Personality Assessment. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2016.1185612
Su, J., & Supple, A. J. (2014). Parental, peer, school, and neighborhood influences on adolescent substance use: Direct and indirect effects and ethnic variations. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 13, 227-246. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2013.847393
Supple, A. J., Su, J., Plunkett, S. W., Peterson, G. W., & Bush, K. R. (2013). Factor structure of the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 44, 748-764doi:10.1177/0022022112468942