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Brittany Evans

Title: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Law, Psychology and Social Work

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Phone: +46 19 301229

Room: L2219

Brittany Evans

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About Brittany Evans

My research is focused on underlying mechanisms of developmental problems in youth, and in particular, biological stress as such an underlying mechanism. Most of my work has centered on broader externalizing problems and substance use, but I have also worked with internalizing problems. I am fascinated by the biological factors that underlie individual differences, for example, cortisol levels (a stress hormone of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis), autonomic nervous system activity (e.g. heart rate), brain activity, and genetic factors. I am particularly interested in studying the interplay between the broader social environment (for example neighborhood urbanicity and socioeconomic conditions) and individual biological differences in shaping human behavior. 

I teach quantitative methods, biopsychosocial criminology, and psychopathology, drugs and crime. I also work as a pedogogical developer within the Criminology program.

Publications

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Articles in journals

Evans, B. E. , Huizink, A. C. , Greaves-Lord, K. , Tulen, J. H. M. , Roelofs, K. & van der Ende, J. (2020). Urbanicity, biological stress system functioning and mental health in adolescents. PLOS ONE, 15 (3).
Evans, B. , van der Ende, J. , Greaves-Lord, K. , Huizink, A. C. , Beijers, R. & de Weerth, C. (2020). Urbanicity, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis functioning, and behavioral and emotional problems in children: a path analysis. BMC Psychology, 8 (1).
Evans, B. E. , Beijers, R. , Hagquist, C. & de Weerth, C. (2019). Childhood urbanicity and hair steroid hormone levels in ten-year-old children. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 102, 53-57.
Allegrini, A. G. , Evans, B. E. , de Rooij, S. , Greaves-Lord, K. & Huizink, A. C. (2019). Gene × Environment contributions to autonomic stress reactivity in youth. Development and psychopathology (Print), 31 (1), 293-307.
Evans, B. , Buil, J. M. , Burk, W. J. , Cillessen, A. H. N. & van Lier, P. A. C. (2018). Urbanicity is associated with behavioral and emotional problems in Dutch elementary school-aged children. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27 (7), 2193-2205.
Evans, B. E. , Stam, J. , Huizink, A. C. , Willemen, A. M. , Westenberg, P. M. , Branje, S. , Meeus, W. , Koot, H. M. & et al. (2016). Neuroticism and extraversion in relation to physiological stress reactivity during adolescence.. Biological Psychology, 117, 67-79.
Evans, B. E. , Greaves-Lord, K. , Euser, A. S. , Thissen, S. , Tulen, J. H. M. , Franken, I. H. A. & Huizink, A. C. (2016). Stress Reactivity as a Prospective Predictor of Risky Substance Use During Adolescence. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 77 (2), 208-219.
Evans, B. , Greaves-Lord, K. , Euser, A. S. , Koning, T. , Tulen, J. H. M. , Franken, I. H. A. & Huizink, A. C. (2015). Blunted Heart Rate Response as a Potential Endophenotype of Substance Use Disorders: Evidence from High-Risk Youth. Frontiers in pediatrics, 3.
Meyers, R. J. , Roozen, H. G. , Smith, J. E. & Evans, B. E. (2014). Reasons for entering treatment reported by initially treatment-resistant patients with substance use disorders. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 43 (4), 299-309.
Euser, A. S. , Greaves-Lord, K. , Crowley, M. J. , Evans, B. E. , Huizink, A. C. & Franken, I. H. A. (2013). Blunted feedback processing during risky decision making in adolescents with a parental history of substance use disorders. Development and psychopathology (Print), 25 (4 Pt 1), 1119-1136.
Evans, B. E. , Greaves-Lord, K. , Euser, A. S. , Franken, I. H. A. & Huizink, A. C. (2013). Cortisol levels in children of parents with a substance use disorder. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38 (10), 2109-2120.
Evans, B. E. , Greaves-Lord, K. , Euser, A. S. , Tulen, J. H. M. , Franken, I. H. A. & Huizink, A. C. (2013). Determinants of physiological and perceived physiological stress reactivity in children and adolescents. PLOS ONE, 8 (4).
Euser, A. S. , Evans, B. , Greaves-Lord, K. , van de Wetering, B. J. M. , Huizink, A. C. & Franken, I. H. A. (2013). Multifactorial determinants of target and novelty-evoked P300 amplitudes in children of addicted parents. PLOS ONE, 8 (11).
Euser, A. S. , Evans, B. , Greaves-Lord, K. , Huizink, A. C. & Franken, I. H. A. (2013). Parental rearing behavior prospectively predicts adolescents' risky decision-making and feedback-related electrical brain activity. Developmental Science, 16 (3), 409-427.
Evans, B. E. , Greaves-Lord, K. , Euser, A. S. , Tulen, J. H. M. , Franken, I. H. A. & Huizink, A. C. (2012). Alcohol and tobacco use and heart rate reactivity to a psychosocial stressor in an adolescent population. Drug And Alcohol Dependence, 126 (3), 296-303.
Euser, A. S. , Arends, L. R. , Evans, B. E. , Greaves-Lord, K. , Huizink, A. C. & Franken, I. H. A. (2012). The P300 event-related brain potential as a neurobiological endophenotype for substance use disorders: a meta-analytic investigation. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 36 (1), 572-603.
Evans, B. E. , Greaves-Lord, K. , Euser, A. S. , Franken, I. H. A. & Huizink, A. C. (2012). The relation between hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity and age of onset of alcohol use. Addiction, 107 (2), 312-322.
Huizink, A. C. , Greaves-Lord, K. , Evans, B. E. , Euser, A. S. , van der Ende, J. , Verhulst, F. C. & Franken, I. H. A. (2012). Youth in the Netherlands study (JOiN): study design. BMC Public Health, 12.
van Toor, D. , Roozen, H. G. , Evans, B. E. , Rombout, L. , Van de Wetering, B. J. M. & Vingerhoets, A. J. J. M. (2011). The effects of psychiatric distress, inhibition, and impulsivity on decision making in patients with substance use disorders: A matched control study. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 33 (2), 161-168.
Roozen, H. G. , Evans, B. , Wiersma, H. & Meyers, R. J. (2009). The influence of extraversion on preferences and engagement in pleasant activities in patients with substance use disorders: one size fits all?. Journal of behavior analysis in health, sports, fitness and medicine, 2 (1), 55-66.