Emily Grekin

Emily Grekin

Associate Professor
Associate Chair/Graduate Director


313-577-7626 (fax)


 Rm.8206.2, 5057 Woodward Ave.



Emily Grekin

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Brief computerized interventions for alcohol use and whether common factors (e.g. empathy, humor, use of a narrator) make these interventions more effective.
  • The relationship between disinhibited personality traits (impulsivity, risk-taking, antisociality) and substance use.
  • The degree to which personality traits interact with environmental factors to predict substance misuse (e.g., do heavy drinking “events” such as turning 21 and going on spring break elicit different degrees of alcohol use in people with different personality traits).
  • The development of substance use problems among African-American and Arab-American young adults.


  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Emory University, 2003
  • M.A. in Psychology, Emory University, 1999
  • B.A. in Psychology, Carleton College, 1996

Awards and grants

Current funding

  • T98HP33431 (Stephens PI) 9/01/19 – 8/31/22
    • HRSA
    • Opioid Workforce Expansion Program
    • The goal of this project is to train psychology, psychiatry and nursing students to work in the field of opioid addiction and treatment.
  • E20201938-00 (Agius, Resko, Co-PIs) 10/01/19 – 9/30/20
    • SAMHSA/MI Dept of Health and Human Services
    • Michigan's State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis
    • The project evaluates the outcomes multiple education and prevention program established through a SAMHSA grant to the state of Michigan.

Past funding

  • NIAAA: 1R21AA023660-01A1 Period: 3/16-2/18
    • Role: PI
    • Grant Title: Optimizing e-interventions for Alcohol Use: Do Common Factors Apply?
    • Direct Costs: $262,000
    • Project Goal: Develop a maximally effective computer-delivered brief intervention (CDBI) for reducing heavy alcohol use.
  • Alcohol Beverage Medical Research Foundation Period 1/10-1/12
    • Role: PI
    • Grant Title: Prospective Prediction of Alcohol Use among African American and Caucasian College Students
    • Direct Costs: $79,000
    • Project Goal: Examine prospective predictors of alcohol use and misuse among African-American and Caucasian college students
  • NIDA: 1R21DA018975 -01A2 Period: 6/07-5/09
    • Role: Co-Investigator
    • Grant Title: The WIDUS: Indirect Screening for Perinatal Drug Use
    • Direct Costs: $227,002
    • Project Goal: Develop and validate the Wayne Indirect Drug Use Screener (WIDUS), an instrument used to predict drug use risk without relying on self-disclosure.
  • Wayne State University Internal Research Grant Period: 5/07-5/08
    • Psychotropic Drug Use Among Young Adults
    • Role: PI
    • Grant Title: Psychotropic Drug Use Among Young Adults
    • Total Budget: $10,000
    • Project Goal: Examine the degree to which antidepressants, mood stabilizers and anxiolytics are appropriately prescribed and monitored among young adults.


  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, Wayne State University, 2015.

Selected publications

  • Ellis, J.D., Grekin, E.R. Dekeyser, D. & Partridge R.T. (in press). Using an online platform to administer the single-session Point Subtraction Aggression Paradigm: An initial examination of feasibility and validity. Assessment
  • Fodor, M. C., Grekin, E.R., Beatty, J.R., McGoron, L., Ondersma, S.J. (in press). Participant satisfaction with computer-delivered intervention components and its relation to alcohol outcomes. Substance Use and Misuse
  • Grekin, E.R., Beatty, J.R., McGoron, L., Kugler, K.C., McClure, J.B., Pop, D.E., & Ondersma, S.J. (2019). Testing the Efficacy of Motivational Strategies, Empathic Reflections, and Lifelike Features in a Computerized Intervention for Alcohol Use: A Factorial Trial. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 33, 511-519
  • Grekin, E.R., Beatty, J. R. & Ondersma, S.J. (2019). Common Relationship Factors in Mobile Health Interventions. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 7, e11245
  • Ondersma, S.J., Ellis, J.D., Resko, S.M. & Grekin, E.R. (2019). Technology-Delivered Interventions for Substance Use Among Adolescents. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 66, 1203-1215
  • Ellis, J.D., Grekin, E.R. & Resko, S.M. (2019). Correlates of Substance Use in Pregnant Women Under Community Supervision: The Role of Psychological Distress. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health. 29, 261-275
  • Oberleitner, L.M.S., Lumley, M.A., Grekin, E.R., Smith, K.M.Z., Loree, A.M., Carty, J.N. & Valentino, D. (2019). Problematic Prescription Opioid Use in a Chronic Pain Treatment Facility: The Role of Emotional Processes. Substance Use & Misuse, 54, 495-505
  • Smith, K.M.Z., Smith, P.H., Oberleitner, L., Grekin, E.R., McKee, S. (2018). Child Maltreatment and Physical Victimization: Does Heavy Drinking Mediate the Relationship. Child Maltreatment, 23, 234-243
  • Ellis, J.D., Grekin, E.R., Beatty, J.R., McGoron, L., LaLiberte B.V., Pop. D.E., Kostecki, A.P. & Ondersma, S.J. (2017). Effects of narrator empathy in a computer delivered brief intervention for alcohol use. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 61, 29-32
  • Klassen, B.J. & Grekin, E.R. (2017). Different forms of spirituality and heavy episodic drinking among college students.  Journal of American College Health, 65, 131-138
  • Loree, A.M., Ondersma, S.J. & Grekin, E.R. (2017). Towards enhancing treatment for pregnant smokers: Laying the groundwork for the use of complementary and alternative medicine approaches.  Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 19, 562-571. 
  • Laliberte, B.V, & Grekin, E.R. (2015). Direct and indirect relationships between factor 2 psychopathy, behavioral activation, positive alcohol expectancies, and alcohol use. Personality and Individual Differences, 87, 261-266

Courses taught by Emily Grekin

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022