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Peggy Stephens, Ph.D, MA, BA, BS

Associate Professor - Social & Behavioral Sciences

PhD, Sociology (Social Psychology), University of Akron, 1999; MA, Sociology, University of Akron, 1997.

Dr. Stephens (Tonkin) joined the Kent State University faculty in 2012 as a non-tenure track instructor, after thirteen years as a researcher and faculty member at the University of Akron.  Her area of expertise is in substance abuse prevention and treatment.  Her research agenda has focused on quantitative methodological approaches and the application of social theories to examine the health and social problems associated with substance abuse and risky behaviors.  She has been involved in several large, multi-site evaluations of drug abuse prevention and treatment programs and has been awarded more than $250,000 in extramural funding in these areas.  Dr. Stephens is an author more than 18 peer reviewed articles


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Alemagno, S., Stephens, R.C., Stephens, P., Shaffer-King, P., White, P. (2009). Brief Motivational Intervention to Reduce HIV Risk and to increase HIV Testing among Offenders under Community Supervision. Journal of Correctional Health Care, Vol. 15, No. 3, 210-221.

Stephens, P., Sloboda, Z., Stephens, R.C., Marquette, J., Hawthorne, R., Williams, J.  (2009).  Universal School-Based Substance Abuse Prevention Programs: Modeling Targeted Mediators and Outcomes for Adolescent Cigarette, Alcohol and Marijuana Use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Vol. 102, 1-10.

Sloboda, Z, Stephens, R.C., Stephens, P., Grey, S., Teasdale, B., Hawthorne, R., Williams, J., and Marquette, J.  (2009).  The Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention Study: Randomized Field Trial of a Universal Substance Abuse Prevention Program. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Vol. 102, 11-18.

Teasdale, B., Sloboda, Z., Stephens, P., Stephens, R.C., Grey, S.  (2009).  The Effect of Take Charge of Your Life on Targeted Program Mediators. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Vol. 102, 19-29.

Alemagno, S.A., Stephens, P., Shaffer-King, P., Teasdale, B.  (2009).  Prescription Drug Abuse of Adolescent Arrestees: Correlates and Implications.Journal of Correctional Health Care. Vol. 15, Issue 1, 35-46.

Stephens, P., Sloboda, Z., Grey, S., Stephens, R.C., Hammond, A., Hawthorne, R., Teasdale, B., Williams, J. (2008). Is the receptivity of substance abuse prevention programming impacted by students’ perceptions of the instructor? Health Education & Behavior, Vol. 36, No. 4, 724-745.

Hammond, A., Sloboda, Z., Tonkin, P., Stephens, R., Teasdale, B., Grey, S.F., Williams, J. (2008).  Do adolescents perceive police officers as credible instructors of substance abuse prevention programs?  Health Education Research, 23:682-696. 

Sloboda, Z., Pyakuryal, A., Tonkin, P., Teasdale, Stephens, R.C., Grey, S. (2008).  Reports of substance abuse prevention programming available in schools. Prevention Science 9:276-287 (DOI 10.1007/s11121-008-0102-0).

Sloboda, Z., Tonkin, P., Pyakuryal, A., Teasdale, B., Hawthorne, R., Marquette, J., Williams, J. (2008).  Implementation fidelity: The experience of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention Study. Health Education Research Vol. 24, No. 3, 394-406.

Stephens, R.C., Sloboda, Z., Thibodeaux, L. and Tonkin, P. (2007).  Research Note: An empirical study of adolescent student attrition. Journal of Drug Issues, Spring, 2007:475-488.

Renker, P. R., Tonkin, P. (2007). Postpartum women’s evaluations of an audio/video computer assisted perinatal violence screen. CIN: Computers and Informatics in Nursing May/June, 2007:139-147.

Renker, P., Tonkin, P. (2006). Women’s views of confidentiality issues related to and acceptability of prenatal violence screening.  Obstetrics and Gynecology, V.107 N.2, February, 2006:348-354.

Tonkin, P., Dickie, J., Alemagno, S., and Grove, W. (2004). “Women in Jail: ‘Soft Skills’ and Barriers to Employment.” Journal of Offender Rehabilitation: Vol. 38:4:50-71.

Swartz, J.A., Tonkin, P., Baumohl, J. (2003). “Methodology of the multi-site study of the termination of Supplemental Security Income benefits for drug addicts and alcoholics.” Contemporary Drug Problems Vol. 30:77-121.

Swartz, J.A., Campbell, K., Baumohl, J., Tonkin, P. (2003). “Drug treatment participation and retention rates among former recipients of Supplemental Security Income for drug addiction and alcoholism.” Contemporary Drug Problems Vol. 30:335-364.

Falk, R.F., and Tonkin, P. (2001). “Soft-Modeling the Predictors of Drug Treatment Use.” Social Research Update: Issue 32, Spring 2001.

Research Areas
  • • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • • Adolescent health risk behaviors
  • • Health behavior theory
Peggy Stephens, Ph.D, MA, BA, BS
College of Public Health
Lowry Hall
Phone: 330-672-6500
Fax: 330-672-6505