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Faculty Member - Clinical Psychology

Andrew Littlefield, Ph.D.



Assistant Professor


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

University of Missouri


Phone: (806) 834-3746

Fax: (806) 742-0818


Research Interests:

Broadly, my research interests include developmental changes in alcohol involvement and how these changes relate to other biological and psychosocial variables of interest, including personality development, changes in drinking motives, the acquisition of adult roles, and how the development and co-development of these constructs relate to genetic and other environmental factors.

Awards and Honors:

  • 2013 Excellence in Research Award, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • 2011 Graduate Student Award, Graduate Student Association
  • 2010 Outstanding Graduate Student Award
  • 2010 Mark H. Thelen Outstanding Clinical Graduate Student Award

Service to Scientific Community:

Invited Ad Hoc Reviewer:

  • Addiction
  • Alcohol and Alcoholism
  • Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
  • Clinical Psychological Science
  • Current Drug Abuse Reviews
  • Development and Psychopathology
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Educational Research and Reviews
  • European Addiction Research
  • Frontiers in Behavioral and Psychiatric Genetics
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Journal of Abnormal Psychology
  • Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
  • Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
  • Journal of Substance Use Treatment
  • Nicotine and Tobacco Research
  • Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Preventing Chronic Disease
  • Psychological Methods
  • Psychological Medicine
  • Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment
Reviewed Abstracts:

  • APA Conference's Division 28, Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse

Previous Funding:

  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Grants F31 AA019596 Title: Genetic and Environmental Influences on Personality, Drinking Motives, and Alcohol Involvement: A Developmental Perspective

Selected Publications:

Research Papers:
  • Haeny, A. M., Littlefield, A. K., & Sher, K. J. (2014). Repeated Diagnoses of Lifetime Alcohol Use Disorders in a Prospective Study: Insights into the Extent and Nature of the Reliability and Validity Problem. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38(2), 489-500.
  • Bagge, C. L., Littlefield, A. K., Rosellini, A. J., & Coffey, S. F. (2013). Relations among behavioral and questionnaire measures of impulsivity in a sample of suicide attempters. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 43(4), 460-467.
  • Bagge, C. L., Littlefield, A. K., & Lee, H. J. (2013). Correlates of proximal premeditation among recently hospitalized suicide attempters. Journal of affective disorders, 150(2), 559-564.
  • Littlefield, A. K., Verges, A., Rosinski, J. M., Steinley, D., & Sher, K. J. (2013). Motivational typologies of drinkers: Do enhancement and coping drinkers form two distinct groups? Addiction, 108, 497-503.
  • Cadigan, J.M., Littlefield, A.K., Martens, M.P., & Sher, K.J. (2013). Transitions Into and Out of Intercollegiate Athletic Involvement and Risky Drinking. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74, 21-29.
  • Littlefield, A. K., Talley, A. E., & Jackson, K. M. (2012). Coping Motives, Negative Moods, and Time-to-Drink: Exploring Alternative Analytic Models of Coping Motives as a Moderator of Daily Mood-Drinking Covariation. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 1371-1376.
  • Bailey, D. H., Littlefield, A., & Geary, D. C. (2012). The co-development of skill at and preference for use of retrieval-based processes for solving addition problems: Individual and sex differences from first to sixth grade. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 113, 78-92.
  • Winograd, R.P., Littlefield, A.K., Martinez, J., & Sher, K.J. (2012). The drunken self: The Five-Factor model as an organizational framework for characterizing perceptions of one's own drunkeness. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 36, 1787-1793.
  • Agrawal, A., Nelson, E.C., Littlefield, A.K., Bucholz, K.K., Degenhardt, L., Henders, A.K., Madden, P.A.F., Martin, N.G., Montgomery, G.W., Pergadia, M.L., Sher, K.J., Heath, A.C., & Lynskey, M.T. (2012). Cannabinoid receptor (CNR1) genotype moderates the effects of childhood physical abuse on anhedonia and depression. Archives of General Psychiatry, 732-740.
  • Littlefield, A.K., Vergés, A., Wood, P.K. & Sher, K.J. (2012). Transactional models between personality and alcohol involvement: A further examination. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 778-783.
  • Talley, A.E., Sher, K.J., Steinley, D., Wood, P.K., & Littlefield, A.K. (2012). Patterns of alcohol use and consequences among empirically derived sexual minority subgroups. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73, 290-302.
  • Winograd, R.P., Littlefield, A.K., & Sher, K. J. (2012). Do people who "Mature Out" of drinking see themselves as more mature? Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 36, 1212-1218.
  • Littlefield, A.K., & Sher, K.J. (2012). Smoking desistance and personality change in emerging and young adulthood. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntr219
  • Littlefield, A. K., Agrawal, A., Ellingson, J., Kristjansson, S., Madden, P. A. F., Bucholz, K. K., Slutske, W. S., Heath, A. C., & Sher, K. J. (2011). Does variance in drinking motives explain the genetic overlap between personality and alcohol use disorder symptoms? A twin study of young women. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 35, 2242-2250. PMID: 21790670
  • Vergés, A., Littlefield, A. K., & Sher, K. J. (2011). Did lifetime rates of alcohol use disorders increase by 67% in ten years? A comparison of NLAES and NESARC. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 468-477. PMID: 21319922
  • Martens, M.P., Martin, J.L., Littlefield, A.K., Murphy, J.G., & Cimini, M.D. (2011). Changes in protective behavioral strategies and alcohol use among college students. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 118, 504-507. PMID: 21612879
  • Talley, A., Tomko, R., Littlefield, A.K., Sher, K.J., & Trull, T. (2011). The influence of general identity disturbance on reports of substance use disorders and related outcomes among sexual minority adults with a history of substance use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 25, 530-541. PMID: 21480677
  • Littlefield, A.K., Vergés, A., McCarthy, D.M., & Sher, K. J. (2011). Interactions between explicit alcohol expectancies and cognitive functioning in the prediction of alcohol use and associated problems: A further examination. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 25, 542-546. PMID: 21443299
  • Agrawal, A., Lynskey, M.T., Todorov, A.A., Schrage, A. J., Littlefield, A.K., et al. (2011). A candidate gene association study of alcohol consumption in young women. Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research, 35, 550-558. PMID: 21143251
  • Kristjansson, S.D., Agrawal, A., Littlefield, A.K., et al. (2011). Drinking motives in female smokers: Factor structure, alcohol dependence, and genetic influences. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 35, 345-354. PMID: 21083669
  • Blonigen, D.M., Littlefield, A.K., Hicks, B., & Sher, K.J. (2010). Course of antisocial behavior during emerging adulthood: Developmental differences in personality. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 729-733. PMID: 21243066
  • Littlefield, A.K., & Sher, K.J. (2010). The Multiple, Distinct Ways that Personality Contributes to Alcohol Use Disorders. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 4, 767-782. PMID: 21170162
  • Littlefield, A.K., Sher, K.J., & Vergés, A. (2010). Three (or more) alcohol dependence symptoms but not clustered in the same 12 months: Diagnostic orphans from a longitudinal perspective. Journal of Studies on Drugs and Alcohol, 71, 864-869. PMID: 20946743
  • Talley, A.E., Sher, K.J., & Littlefield, A.K. (2010). Sexual minority status and substance use outcomes in emerging adulthood. Addiction, 105, 1235-1245. PMID: 20491728
  • Littlefield, A.K., Sher, K.J., & Wood, P.K. (2010). A personality-based description of maturing out of alcohol problems: Extension with a Five-Factor Model and robustness to modeling challenges. Addictive Behaviors, 35, 948-954. PMID: 20598445
  • Littlefield, A.K., Sher, K.J., & Steinley, D. (2010). Developmental trajectories of impulsivity and their association with alcohol use and related outcomes during emerging and young adulthood I. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 34, 1409-1416. PMID: 20528822
  • Littlefield, A.K., Sher, K.J., & Wood, P.K. (2010). Do changes in drinking motives mediate the relation between personality change and the “maturing out” of alcohol problems? Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119, 93-105. PMID: 20141246
  • Geary, D.C., Bailey, D.H., Littlefield, A.K., Wood, P.K., Hoard, M.K., & Nugent, L. (2009). First-grade predictors of mathematical learning disability: A latent class trajectory analysis. Cognitive Development, 4, 411-429. PMID: 20046817
  • Littlefield, A.K., Sher, K.J., & Wood, P.K. (2009). Is “maturing out” of problematic alcohol involvement related to personality change? Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 118, 360-374. PMID: 19413410
  • Agrawal, A., Grant, J., Littlefield, A.K., et al. (2009). Developing a quantitative measure of alcohol consumption for genomic studies on prospective cohorts. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 70, 157-168. PMID: 19261227
Book Chapters:
  • Littlefield, A.K., & Winograd, R.P. (In press). Maturing Out. In P. Miller (ed), Encyclopedia of Addictive Behaviors. Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Littlefield, A.K., & Sher, J.K. (in press). Personality and substance use disorders. To appear in K. J. Sher (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Substance Use Disorders. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Sher, K.J., Talley, A.E., Littlefield, A.K., & Martinez, J.A. (in press). Alcohol use and alcohol use disorders. To appear in H. Friedman (Ed.), Handbook of Health Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Sher, K. J., Martinez, J. A., & Littlefield, A. K. (2011). Alcohol use disorders. In D. H. Barlow (Ed.), Handbook of Clinical Psychology, pp. 405-445. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Littlefield, A.K., & Sher, K. J. (2010). Alcohol use disorders in young adulthood. In J. E. Grant and M. N. Potenza (Eds.), Young Adult Mental Health, pp. 292-310. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Sher, K.J., & Littlefield, A.K. (2008). Codependency. In Pamela Korsmeyer & Henry Kranzler (Eds), Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive Behavior, 3rd ed., Vol. 3, pp. 407-413. New York: Macmillan Reference.
  • Sher, K.J., & Littlefield, A.K. (2008). Risk factors for substance use, abuse, and dependence: Personality. In Pamela Korsmeyer & Henry Kranzler (Eds), Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive Behavior, 3rd ed., Vol. 3, pp. 407-413. New York: Macmillan Reference.