Christine Ohannessian, PhD

Department Chair and Professor

Family and Child Sciences
Florida State University


Research Overview

My research is based on a developmental psychopathology framework and focuses primarily on the family and adolescent psychological adjustment. My recent work (funded through a K01 award from NIH), the Adolescent Adjustment Project (AAP), is a large longitudinal study that focuses on the relationship between parental alcoholism and adolescent psychological health (especially as indicated by substance abuse, depression, and anxiety). The sample for the AAP is a diverse community sample of 1,347 adolescents, and a subsample of their parents, who were followed annually throughout the adolescents’ high school years. Currently, I am applying for funding from NIH to follow this sample into early adulthood, a critical period for the development of substance abuse and related problems. For information on the AAP, please visit the project website at adolescentadjustmentproject.org.

Education

1992-1995 Postdoctoral Fellowship
Alcohol Research Center, Department of Psychiatry University of Connecticut Medical School, Farmington, CT

1992 Ph.D. Department of Human Development and Family Studies
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

1990 M.S. Department of Human Development and Family Studies
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

1986 B.A. Department of Psychology
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
summa cum laude

Recent Publications

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Featured Publications

Ohannessian, C. M. (2013). Parental problem drinking and adolescent psychological problems: The moderating effect of adolescent-parent communication. Youth & Society, 45(1), 3-26.

Ohannessian, C. M. (2012). Discrepancies in adolescents’ and their mothers’ perceptions of the family and adolescent externalizing problems. Family Science, 3(2), 135-140.

Ohannessian, C. M. (2012). Parental problem drinking and adolescent psychosocial adjustment: The mediating role of adolescent-parent communication. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 22(3), 498-511.

Ohannessian, C. M., Bradley, J., Waninger, K., Ruddy, K., Willis, B., & Hesselbrock, V. M. (2010). An examination of adolescent coping typologies and young adult alcohol use in a high-risk sample. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 5(1), 52-65.

Ohannessian, C. M. (2009). Media use and adolescent psychological adjustment: An examination of gender differences. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 18(5), 582-593.

Ohannessian, C. M. (2009). Does technology use moderate the relationship between parental alcoholism and adolescent alcohol and cigarette use? Addictive Behaviors, 34, 606-609.

Ohannessian, C. M., & Hesselbrock, V. M. (2009). A finer examination of the role that negative affect plays in the relationship between paternal alcoholism and the onset of alcohol and marijuana use. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 70(3), 400-408.

Ohannessian, C. M., & Hesselbrock, V. M. (2008). Paternal alcoholism and youth substance abuse: The indirect effects of negative affect, conduct problems, and risk taking. Journal of Adolescent Health, 42(2), 198-200.

Ohannessian, C. M., & Hesselbrock, V. M. (2008). A comparison of three vulnerability models for the onset of substance use in a high-risk sample. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 69(1), 75-84.

Ohannessian, C. M., Hesselbrock, V. M., Ruddy, K., & Kramer, J. (2006). Parental substance use and adolescent adjustment: A micro-level approach.
The Prevention Researcher, 13(4), 7-9.

Ohannessian, C. M., Hesselbrock, V., Kramer, J., Kuperman, S. B., Bucholz, K. K., Schuckit, M. A., & Nurnberger, Jr., J. I. (2005). The relationship between parental psychopathology and adolescent psychopathology: An examination of gender patterns. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 13(2), 67-76.

Ohannessian, C. M., Hesselbrock, V. M., Kramer, J., Kuperman, S., Bucholz, K. K., Schuckit, M. A., & Nurnberger, Jr., J. I. (2004). The relationship between parental alcoholism and adolescent psychopathology: A systematic examination of parental comorbid psychopathology. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 32(5), 519-533.

Ohannessian, C. M., Hesselbrock, V., Kramer, J., Bucholz, K. K., Schuckit, M. A., Kuperman, S., & Nurnberger, J. (2004). Parental substance use consequences and adolescent psychopathology. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 65(6), 725-730.

Ohannessian, C. M., Lerner, R. M., Lerner, J. V., & von Eye, A. (2000). Adolescent-parent discrepancies in perceptions of family functioning and early adolescent self-competence. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 24(3), 362-372.

Ohannessian, C. M., Lerner, R. M., Lerner, J. V., & von Eye, A. (1999). Does self-competence predict gender differences in adolescent depression and anxiety? Journal of Adolescence, 22, 397-411.

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Alternate Email Address: ohannessian@uchc.edu
Contact Information
Emailcohannessian@fsu.edu