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Toronto Metropolitan University Students

Dr. Sarah Dermody C.Psych.

Associate Professor
EducationPhD, University of Pittsburgh
Phone416-979-5000, ext. 557108
Areas of ExpertiseTobacco and alcohol use; substance use disorder risk and treatment; sexual and gender minority health

   (PDF file) Curriculum Vitae (click here to download)


Dr. Dermody (she/her) is the Director of the Clinical Addictions Research and Equity (CARE) Lab at Toronto Metropolitan University. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Biological & Health Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and completed an accredited internship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Following graduation, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and then was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Oregon State University. She currently supervises MA and PhD students in the Clinical Psychology and Psychological Science programs at Toronto Metropolitan University, and teaches courses related to addiction, and clinical and health psychology.

Dr. Dermody’s research investigates the risk factors and treatments for substance use and addiction in youth and adults. More specifically, her research aims to (1) characterize risk of alcohol and cigarette use and dependence across the lifespan; (2) optimize addiction interventions to address co-occurring substance use; and (3) identify and address differences in substance use patterns and harms based on one’s gender and sexual identities. To accomplish this, her research uses a number of methodologies, ranging from laboratory-based experiments (including substance self-administration) and the application of advanced quantitative methods to analyze longitudinal and epidemiological data.

Selected Publications

Dermody, S.S., Heffner, J.L, Hinds, J.T., McQuoid, J., Quisenberry, A.J., Tan, A.S.L., & Vogel, E.A. (2020). We’re in this together: Promoting health equity, diversity, and inclusion in tobacco research for sexual and gender minority populations. Nicotine & Tobacco Research,

Dermody, S.S., & Shiffman, S. (2019). The time-varying effect of alcohol use on cigarette smoking relapse risk. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106192

Dermody, S.S.  (2018). Sexual minority youth are at elevated risk for use of multiple substances. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 192, 38-44.

Wardell, J., Dermody, S.S., Lindgren, K.P., Medina, A., & Hendershot, C.S. (2018). Alcohol and smoking implicit associations as a function of drinking and smoking patterns among young adult heavy drinkers. Motivation and Emotion, 42(5), 682-690.

Dermody, S.S., Friedman, M.S., Burton, C.M., Chisolm, D.J., & Marshal, M.P. (2017). Elevated risky sexual behaviors among sexual minority girls: Indirect risk pathways through peer victimization and heavy drinking. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Doi: 10.1177/0886260517701450 (external link) 

Dermody, S.S., & Hendershot, C.S. (2017). A critical review of the effects of nicotine and alcohol co-administration in human laboratory studies. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. doi: 10.1111/acer.13321