Last updated on: 1/26/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Tamika C. B. Zapolski, PhD Biography

Title:
Assistant Professor of Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"
Reasoning:

“[L]owering the drinking age would be harmful in two ways. First, young people, those most likely to be harmed from drinking, will have greater access to alcohol. Second, lowering the drinking age may lead to lowered perception of risk. When perception of risk from a particular substance decreases, prevalence rates tend to increase.

If the perception of risk is increased, then drinking quantity and frequency may decrease. For example, my colleagues and I found that compared to Caucasians, African-Americans tend to report later initiation to alcohol, lower rates of use, engage in less heavy drinking and show slower increases in rates of drinking across adolescence and young adulthood. These racial differences may be in part because perception of risk is stronger among African-American parents and peers, and they consider alcohol more harmful than their white counterparts.”

“Keep the Drinking Age High,” nytimes.com, Feb. 10, 2015

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Web Content Contributor, New York Times, 2015
  • Licensed Psychologist, State of Indiana, 2014-present
  • Instructor, Department of Psychology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Jan, 2014-June 2015
  • Web Content Contributor, American Psychological Association of Ethnic Minority Affairs, 2014
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 2013-present
  • Clinical Intern, University of Kentucky Medical Center, 2013
  • Predoctoral Clinical Intern, University of Kentucky Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Orofacial Pain Center, and Eastern State Psychiatric Hospital, 2011-2013
  • Research Therapist/Principal Investigator, Chrysalis House, Jesse G. Harris Psychological Services Center, and Bryan Station Middle School, 2009-2013
  • Clinical Trainee, Jesse G. Harris Psychological Services Center, 2006-2012
  • Clinical Trainee, Eastern State Psychiatric Hospital, 2009-2010
  • Assessment Coordinator, Jesse G. Harris Psychological Services Center, 2008-2009
  • Clinical Trainee, The Hope Center Recovery Program for Women, 2007-2008
  • Clinical Trainee, Chrysalis House Residential Treatment Facility, 2007-2008
  • Clinical Trainee, University of Kentucky Counseling and Testing Center, 2006-2007
  • Lab Instructor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Aug. 2006-Aug. 2007
Education:
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Kentucky, 2013
  • MS, Clinical Psychology, University of Kentucky, 2008
  • BA, Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2005
Other:
  • Member, Kentucky Psychological Association, Psi Chi, Research Society on Alcoholism, and Society for Prevention Research
  • Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer for Addiction, Alcohol: An International Biomedical Journal, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, Child Abuse and Neglect, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Early Adolescence, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, and Psychological Assessment
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