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Mary Waldron
Associate Professor
W.W. Wright Education Building Room Rm 4008
Phone : (812) 856-8334
Fax: (812) 856-8333
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Department:  Counseling and Educational Psychology
Affiliations:  Counseling Psychology, Human Development

I am an Associate Professor of Counseling & Educational Psychology in the School of Education with dual appointments in Counseling Psychology and Human Development. I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2004, after which I completed a NIAAA-funded postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric genetic epidemiology at Washington University School of Medicine, where I maintain an adjunct appointment in Psychiatry.

My research interests include family formation and dissolution risks associated with substance use and substance use disorder (SU/D), with a focus on alcohol and alcoholism. Working from an intergenerational life course perspective, I examine how SU/D impacts timing and stability of parenting relationships. I also study risks for related outcomes in children (e.g., initiation of substance use, onset of sexual behavior and reproduction). Student projects under my mentorship include studies of:  timing of first drink and of first sex and childbirth; childhood weight status and ages at first substance use and first sex; offspring outcomes associated with parental divorce or death and predictors of parental remarriage.  

*** I am currently accepting doctoral students in Counseling Psychology and Human Development. Students who are interested in research, and whose research interests align with mine, are encouraged to apply. In deciding whether the Counseling program is a good fit, students should consider the strengths of the program in light of their graduate training goals. Note that the deadline for submitting an application for graduate admission is December 1st. 



  • Ph.D. Clinical Psycholgy, 2004, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • B.S. Psychology with Distinction, 1995, University of Washington, Seattle, WA


  • P313 Adolescents in a Learning Community
  • P516 Adolescent Development
  • P521 Emerging Adulthood
  • P652 Family Transitions
  • P683 Developmental Epidemiology (cross-listed in SPH)
  • P691 Personality Assessment (coming Spring 2018)

  • 2017 Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award
  • 2017 Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study Residential Fellowship
  • 2015 Indiana University School of Education Award for Excellence in Mentoring
  • 2014 Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award 
(past 5 years; for additional publications, see Google Scholar)
*student author
  • Waldron, M. (in press). Divorce. In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Waldron, M., *Watkins, N. K., Bucholz, K. K., Madden, P. A. F., & Heath, A. C. (in press). Interactive effects of maternal alcohol problems and parental separation on timing of daughter’s first drink. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

  • *Doran, K. A., & Waldron, M. (2017). Timing of first alcohol use and first sex in adolescent males and females. Journal of Adolescent Health, 61, 606-611.

  • Sadler, B. E., Grant, J. D., Duncan, A. E., Sartor, C. E., Waldron, M., Heath, A. C., & Bucholz, K. K. (2017). The influence of paternal separation, paternal history of alcohol use disorder risk, and early substance involvement on offspring educational attainment by young adulthood. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78(3), 426-434.

  • Vaughan E. L., Waldron, M., de Dios, M. A., Richter, J., & Cano, M. A. (2017). Childhood family characteristics and prescription drug misuse in a national sample of Latino adults. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31, 570-575.

  • Waldron, M., Bucholz, K. K., Lian, M., Lessov-Schlagger, C. N., Miller, R., Lynskey, M. T., Knopik, V.S., Madden, P. A. F., & Heath, A. C. (2017). Single motherhood, alcohol dependence, and smoking during pregnancy: A propensity score analysis. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78(5), 745-753.

  • *Watkins, N. K., & Waldron, M. (2017). Timing of remarriage among divorced and widowed parents. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 58(4), 244-262.

  • *Duckworth, J. C., *Doran, K. A., & Waldron, M. (2016). Childhood weight status and timing of first substance use in an ethnically diverse sample. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 164172–178.

  • *Sapharas, N. K., Estell, D. B., *Doran, K. A., & Waldron, M. (2016). Effects of parental divorce or a father’s death on high school completion. Psychology in the Schools, 53(8), 861-874.

  • Blustein, E. C., Munn-Chernoff, M. A., Grant, J. D., Sartor, C. E., Waldron, M., Bucholz, K. K., Madden, P. A. F., & Heath, A. C. (2015). The influence of low parental monitoring on early substance use in European American and African American adolescent girls. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76(6), 852-861.

  • Grant, J. D., Waldron, M., Sartor, C. E., Scherrer, J. F., Duncan, A. E., McCutcheon, V. V., Haber, J. R., Jacob, T., Heath, A. C., & Bucholz, K. K. (2015). Parental separation and offspring alcohol involvement: Findings from offspring of alcoholic and drug dependent twin fathers. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 39(7), 1166-1173.

  • Duncan, A. E., Sartor, C. E., Johnson-Reid, M., Munn-Chernoff, M. A., Eschenbacher, M. A., Diemer, E. W., Nelson, E. C., Waldron, M., Bucholz, K. K., Madden, P. A. F., & Heath, A. C. (2015). Associations between body mass index, post-traumatic stress disorder and child maltreatment in young women. Child Abuse & Neglect, 45, 154-162.

  • Waldron, M., *Doran, K. A., Bucholz, K. K., Duncan, A. E., Lynskey, M. T., Madden, P. A. F., Sartor, C. E., & Heath, A. C. (2015). Parental separation, parental alcoholism, and timing of first sexual intercourse. Journal of Adolescent Health, 56, 550-556.

  • Duncan, A. E., Munn-Chernoff, M. A., Hudson, D. L., Eschenbacher, M. A., Agrawal, A., Grant, J. D., Nelson, E. C., Waldron, M., Glowinski, A. L., Bucholz, K. K., Madden, P. A. F., & Heath, A. C. (2014). Genetic and environmental risk for major depression in African-American and European-American women. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 17(4), 244-253.

  • Heath, A. C., Waldron, M., Martin, N. G., Nelson, E. C., Bucholz, K. K., & Madden, P. A. F. (2014). Human mate selection and addiction: A conceptual critique. Behavior Genetics, 44(5), 419-426.

  • Waldron, M., Bucholz, K. K., Madden, P. A. F., Duncan, A. E., Sartor, C. E., & Heath, A. C. (2014). Alcohol dependence and reproductive timing in African and European ancestry women: Findings in a Midwestern twin cohort. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75, 235-40.

  • Waldron, M., Grant, J. D., Bucholz, K. K., Lynskey, M. T., Slutske, W. S., Glowinski, A. L., Henders, A., Statham, D. J., Martin, N. G., & Heath, A. C. (2014). Parental separation and early substance involvement: Results from children of alcoholic and cannabis-dependent twins. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 134, 78-84.

  • Waldron, M., Vaughan, E. L., Bucholz, K. K., Lynskey, M. T., Sartor, C. E., Duncan A. E., & Madden, P. A. F., Heath, A. C. (2014). Risks for early substance involvement associated with parental alcoholism and parental separation in an adolescent female cohort. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 138, 130-136.

  • Sartor, C. E., Waldron, M., Duncan, A. E., Grant, J. D., McCutcheon, V. V., Nelson, E. C., Madden, P. A. F., Bucholz, K. K., &, Heath, A. C. (2013). Childhood sexual abuse and early substance use in adolescent girls: The role of common risk factors and familial influences. Addiction, 108(5), 993-1000.

  • Waldron, M., Bucholz, K. K., Lynskey, M. T., Madden, P. A. F., & Heath, A. C. (2013). Alcoholism and timing of separation in parents: Findings in a Midwestern birth cohort. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74, 337-348.


  • Project PI, Consultant (on other Projects), “Enriching Alcoholism Cohort and Population Studies.”  National Institute on Alcohol and Abuse and Alcoholism R24 AA023487, 9/1/16-8/31/21. Andrew Heath and Kathleen Bucholz, co-PIs. 

  • Consultant, “Neighborhood, Family and Individual Factors in Adolescent Drinking.”  National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism R01 AA021492, 4/1/13-3/31/17. Andrew Heath, Michael Lynskey, and Mario Schootman, co-PIs 

  • PI, “Drug Use in African American Children of Sisters Discordant for Marriage-at-Birth.” Indiana University School of Education Research Proposal Incentive Fund, Summer 2014. 

  • Consultant, “Alcohol Use Disorder in Young Women: Genetic Epidemiology.”  National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism R01 AA017915, 9/30/09-8/31/14. Andrew Heath, PI

  • PI, “Substance Use in Early Adolescence: Risks from Parental SUD, Parental Separation.” National Institute on Drug Abuse K01 DA023696, 7/15/08-6/30/13.

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