Catharine Edith Ann Fairbairn, Assistant Professor

20082020
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I'm interested in how alcohol impacts social interactions and how alcohol’s social rewards might contribute to disordered drinking. More specifically, I explore how alcohol's ability to foster feelings of social closeness and facilitate social bonding might be helpful in understanding the roots of heavy drinking and addiction. Questions I’ve examined in my work include: How does alcohol impact perceptions of social rejection? Do people at risk for alcohol use disorder gain more social reward from alcohol than others? Might specific social drinking contexts be particularly likely to foster alcohol reward? I come at these questions using a range of experimental and non-experimental methods, including ambulatory methods, employing objective transdermal measurement of Blood Alcohol Content, and laboratory-based alcohol administration methods, using group drinking paradigms and anatomically-based facial measures of social reward.

Research Interests

  • Addiction
  • Alcohol
  • Social processes

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., University of of Pittsburgh

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Research Output 2008 2020

A dynamic analysis of the effect of alcohol consumption on humor enjoyment in a social context

Fairbairn, C. E., Velia, B. A., Creswell, K. G. & Sayette, M. A., Jan 2020, In : Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 86, 103903.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wit and Humor
alcohol consumption
humor
Alcohol Drinking
alcohol

A meta-analysis of the effect of substance use interventions on emotion outcomes

Kang, D., Fairbairn, C. E. & Ariss, T. A., Dec 2019, In : Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 87, 12, p. 1106-1123 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Meta-Analysis
Emotions
Substance-Related Disorders
Mindfulness
Therapeutics

Estimating the distribution of random parameters in a diffusion equation forward model for a transdermal alcohol biosensor

Sirlanci, M., Luczak, S. E., Fairbairn, C. E., Kang, D., Pan, R., Yu, X. & Rosen, I. G., Aug 2019, In : Automatica. 106, p. 101-109 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Biosensors
Alcohols
Normal distribution
Computational methods
Dynamical systems

Estimating the quantity and time course of alcohol consumption from transdermal alcohol sensor data: A combined laboratory-ambulatory study

Fairbairn, C. E. A., Rosen, I. G., Luczak, S. E. & Venerable, W. J., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Alcohol.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

alcohol consumption
Alcohol Drinking
alcohol
Alcohols
Sensors
Biosensing Techniques
Wrist
Biosensors
Alcohols
Blood