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

  • Computerized and social media-based interventions for substance use
  • The effects of common relationship factors (e.g. empathy, humor, use of a narrator) on the efficacy of substance use interventions
  • The relationship between disinhibited personality traits (impulsivity, risk-taking, antisociality) and substance use.
  • 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


T98HP33431 (Stephens PI, Grekin Co-I) Period: 9/19-8/23
HRSA: Opioid Workforce Expansion Program
Project Goal: Train Psychology, Psychiatry, and Nursing students to work in the field of opioid addiction and treatment.

Wayne State University, Department of Psychology Period: 4/1/21-4/1/23
Betty J. Neitzel Psychology Faculty Research Grant (Grekin PI)

E20201938-00 (Agius, Resko, Co-PIs, Grekin Co-I) Period: 10/19-9/20
SAMHSA/MI Dept of Health and Human Services: Michigan's State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis
Project Goal: Evaluate the outcomes multiple education and prevention program established through a SAMHSA grant to the state of Michigan.

1R21AA023660 (Grekin PI) Period: 3/16-2/19
NIAAA: Optimizing E-Interventions for Alcohol Use: Do Common Factors Apply?
Project Goal: Optimize brief computerized interventions for alcohol use by a using a factorial design to test the effects of combinations of common factors (e.g. empathy, positive regard, use of voice).

1R21DA018975 -01A2 (Ondersma PI, Grekin Co-I) Period: 6/07–5/09
NIDA: The WIDUS: Indirect Screening for Perinatal Drug Use
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.

Alcohol Beverage Medical Research Foundation (Grekin PI) Period: 4/10 – 3/11
Prospective Prediction of Alcohol Use among African-American and Caucasian College Students
Project Goal: Determine common and unique predictors of alcohol use and alcohol-related consequences among African-American and Caucasian college students.

Wayne State University Internal Research Grant (Grekin PI) Period: 5/07-5/08
Psychotropic Drug Use Among Young Adults
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.
  • Outstanding Graduate DIrector Award, Wayne State University, 2019.


Selected publications

  • Grekin, E.R., Thomas, H.A. & Ondersma, S.J. (2024). Testing the Efficacy of Narrator Empathy, Self-disclosure, Gender, and Use of BMI Techniques in a Brief Internet-Based Intervention for Alcohol Use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.
  • Broman, M. J., Grekin, E.R., Resko, S. M., & Agius, E. (2024). Demographic, substance use, and mental well-being correlates of high-intensity drinking among college students and non-college young adults: Implications for intervention. Journal of American College Health.
  • Schmidt, M.B.R., Lumley, M.A. & Grekin, E.R. (2023). Feasibility and efficacy of a brief mindfulness-based smoking intervention delivered via the internet: A randomized controlled trial. Substance Use and Misuse, 58, 1226-1234.
  • Tankha, H., Pester, B. D., Brumley, K. M., Caño, A., Tong, S., Grekin, E.R, Bruinsma, J., Gootee, J., Lumley, M. A. (2023). A mixed methods investigation into the us versus them mentality in Facebook groups for chronic pain. Health Psychology, 42, 460-471.
  • Pester, B. D., Tankha, H., Caño, A., Tong, S., Grekin, E., Bruinsma, J., Gootee, J., & Lumley, M. A. (2022). Facing pain together: A randomized controlled trial of the effects of Facebook support groups on adults with chronic pain. The Journal of Pain, 23, 2121-2134.
  • Ellis, J.D. & Grekin, E.R. (2021). The effects of anger on alcohol demand and subjective alcohol craving. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 45, 436-445. 5-Year Impact Factor = 3.53
    Ellis, J.D., Grekin, E.R. Dekeyser, D. & Partridge R.T. (2021). 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. (2020). 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. 


Courses taught by Emily Grekin

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022