Christina S. Lee
Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology
Office: 404 INV

Phone: 617.373.2470
Fax: 617.373.8892


Ph.D., New York University
M.A., Ed.M., Columbia University
Post-doctoral Fellowship, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Brown University

Research: Dr. Lee is a licensed psychologist whose programmatic research focuses on immigrant health and the reduction of risky health behaviors.  Her clinical specialty area is on motivational interviewing and brief interventions.  Her research interests include testing adaptations of motivational interviewing for diverse populations, acculturation stress and health behavior, clinical research in integrated care settings, mechanisms of behavior change, and using technology to disseminate treatment.  She completed her post-doc at Brown University in Addictions Treatment Research and has been investigator or co-investigator on NIH funded grants.  She is a member of the MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers), and holds a Certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health from UMass.  She is on the editorial board for Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology,  APA's Division 45 journal, and is a member of Division 17 Counseling Health Psychology.  Dr. Lee also heads the Program in Integrated Care at the South End Community  Health Center, Boston, where she leads the interdisciplinary research and internship programs.  In 2014 Dr. Lee received the Kenerson Faculty Award for Community Service. 

Courses taught at Northeastern:

Fall Term

CAEP 6220 Development across the Lifespan

CAEP 5200 Motivational Interviewing in Health Care Setting

Spring Term

CAEP 6375 Substance Use and Treatment  

1999, Trainer, Dialectical Behavior Therapy
2004, Member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers
2011, Licensed Psychologist, Rhode Island
2012, Member, National Hispanic Science Network

Sample publications:
Lee, C.S., Rohsenow, D., Colby, S.M., Caetano, R., Hernandez, L., and Lopez, S.R. (In press).  Randomized clinical trial testing culturally adapted versus un-adapted Motivational Interviewing for Latino heavy drinkers.  Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.

Lee, C.S., Lopez, S.R., Colby, S.M., Rohsenow, D., Hernandez, L., Caetano, R. (In press) Acculturation stress and Drinking problems among urban heavy drinking Latinos in the Northeast.  Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.

Lee, C.S.,Nirenberg, T., Longabaugh, R., Baird, J., Mello, M.J., and Woolard, R.  (2010).  The Change Plan as an Active Ingredient of Brief Motivational Interventions for Reducing Negative Consequences of Drinking in Hazardous Drinking Emergency Department Patients.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 71 (5), 726-733. 

Funded Research:
Funded Research Culturally Tailored Motivational Interviewing for Hispanics [R01AA021136-01], National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 12/15/12-12/15/17, Principal Investigator.

ReDial: A Telephone brief Intervention for Injured Emergency Department Patients.  [R01AA017895-01], National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 3/1/10-2/28/15, (Michael J. Mello, PI)., Co-Investigator

Northeastern Seed Grant/Proof of Concept Program ($50,000), 9/1/12-6/302013. (Lead PI: Alisa Lincoln).  "Exploring the use of Innovative Technology in Behavioral Health".  Co-Principal Investigator.

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