Department of Psychology

Monica Skewes, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Psychology & Center for Alaska Native Health Research


Office:  238 Arctic Health/704F Gruening
Phone:  474-7326
Fax:  474-5781 or 474-5700

Email:  mcskewes@alaska.edu


Fall 2013 Student Office Hours

Tuesdays & Thursdays 1pm - 2pm, and by appointment.

If unable to reach Dr. Skewes, you can call the Psychology Department direct.

Contact Information:

Phone:  (907) 474-7007

Email:  uaf-psychology-dept@alaska.edu


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Background and Interests:

My research interests center around ethnic minority health disparities and cultural influences on health.   I am particularly interested in harm reduction interventions for alcohol and other substance use disorders.   I completed my graduate training at the University of Texas at El Paso, where I earned a M.A. in clinical psychology and a Ph.D. in applied health psychology.   I then completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in alcohol etiology and treatment at the Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo, before joining the UAF faculty in fall of 2009.

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Current Research:

I have a joint appointment in Psychology and the Center for Alaska Native Health Research, Institute of Arctic Biology.   Current projects include an investigation of attitudes toward different types of alcohol misuse interventions among Alaska Native and American Indian college students.

Students who are interested in participating in this research study should visit: www.uafstudy.com to see if this study is right for them. Eligible participants will answer a survey and receive a Visa gift card for $25.

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Teaching at UAF:

Health Psychology (stacked undergraduate and graduate)

Research Design and Analysis (undergraduate)

Drugs and Drug Dependence (undergraduate)

Substances of Abuse in Alaska (graduate)

Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Planning (graduate)

Clinical Intervention in Substance Abuse (graduate)


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Dr. Skewes & undergrad Jordyn Montgomery happily compiling research data.

Senior thesis entitled: Body Image and Disordered Eating Among UAF Female Athletes & Non-Athletes. By Jordyn Montgomery

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Jordyn Montgomery & a very happy Dr. Skewes at UAF research Day. April 2012

Jordyn presented her research findings during the "UAF Research Day" event held within the Wood Center on April 24th, 2012




Recent Publications:

  • Skewes, M.C. & Gonzalez, V.M. (forthcoming; January 2013). Biopsychosocial model of addiction. Encyclopedia of Addictive Behaviors.
  • Skewes, M.C. , Dermen, K.H., & Blume, A.W. (2011). Readiness to change and post-intervention drinking among Hispanic college students living on the US/Mexico border. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 183-189.
  • Gonzalez, V.M., Reynolds, B., & Skewes, M.C. (2011). Role of impulsivity in the relationship between depression and alcohol problems among emerging adult college drinkers. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 19, 303-313.
  • Lau-Barraco, C., Skewes, M.C., & Stasiewicz, P.R. (2009). Gender differences in high-risk situations for drinking: Are they mediated by depressive symptoms? Addictive Behaviors, 34, 68-74.

Recent Presentations:


·          Skewes, M.C. , & DeCou, C.R. (2012, May). Talking about suicide among Alaska Native college students: Implications for mental health. Accepted for presentation at the National Association on Rural Mental Health. Anchorage, AK.

·          Gonzalez, V.M., & Skewes, M.C. (2012, June). Development and preliminary validation of a scale of attitudes toward harm reduction and abstinence-only alcohol interventions. Accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Francisco, CA.

·          Vasquez, A.R., & Skewes, M.C. (2012, June). The protective effects of ethnic identification on alcohol involvement in a sample of Alaska Native and non-Native college students. Accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Francisco, CA.

·          Skewes, M.C. , & Gonzalez, V.M. (2012, August). Measuring attitudes toward alcohol misuse interventions in Alaskan college students. Accepted for presentation at the International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Fairbanks, AK.

·          Skewes, M.C. , & Gonzalez, V.M. (2012, August). Attitudes toward harm reduction and abstinence-only approaches to alcohol misuse among Alaskan college students. Accepted for presentation at the International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Fairbanks, AK.

·          Skewes, M.C. , DeCou, C.R., Vasquez, A.R., & Gonzalez, V.M. (2012, August). Consequences of energy drink use among Native and non-Native Alaskan college students. Accepted for presentation at the International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Fairbanks, AK.

·          DeCou, C.R., Skewes, M.C., & Lopez, E.D.S. (2012, August). Traditional living and subsistence as protective factors against suicide: Perceptions of Alaska Native university students from rural Alaska. Accepted for presentation at the International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Fairbanks, AK.

·          Vasquez, A.R., McKay, J., DeCou, C.R., Lopez, E.D.S., & Skewes, M.C. (2012, August). Living in two worlds: Alaska Native experiences of acculturation, stress, academic success, and well-being in the rural-to-urban transition to college. Accepted for presentation at the International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Fairbanks, AK.

·          Skewes, M.C., Vasquez, A.R., & Gonzalez, V.M. (2011, November). Alcohol-related consequences among Alaska Native college student drinkers. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

·          Vasquez, A.R., Skewes, M.C., & Gonzalez, V.M. (2011, November). The role of ethnicity and cultural identification in alcohol-related problems among Alaska Native and Non-Native college students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

·          Skewes, M.C., Vasquez, A.R., & Gonzalez, V.M. (2011, June). Alcohol motives, consequences, and suicidal ideation among college students at a minority-serving institution. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, Atlanta, GA.

·          Gonzalez, V.M , & Skewes, M.C. (2011, June). Suicidal ideation and attempts among heavy drinking college students: The role of solitary heavy drinking. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, Atlanta, GA.

·          Gonzalez, V.M., Reynolds, B., & Skewes, M.C. (2010, June). Role of impulsivity in the relationship between depression and alcohol problems among emerging adult college drinkers. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Antonio, TX.

·          Skewes, M.C. , Gonzalez, V.M., & Dermen, K.H. (2010, May). Health literacy among substance abusers in treatment. Poster presented at the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s annual Health Literacy conference, Irvine, CA.


Where else do cats get comfortable.................

Ying & Yang....can't have one without the other!

The bathroom sink of course!