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Melissa Cyders

Professor of Psychology, Indiana University

Dr. Cyders earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2009 under the mentorship of Dr. Greg Smith. She completed her predoctoral internship at the VA Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan Medical Center. She is currently a Professor of Psychology at IUPUI in the Clinical Psychology graduate program area and is the Director of Clinical Training for the PhD program.

Her research concerns how impulsivity and its neurocognitive underpinnings impart risk for a wide range of clinical problems and disorders, in particular focusing on alcohol and substance use disorders. She is most well known for her contributions to the UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Model and her work with integrating emotions and impulsive action. She uses a wide range of methods and procedures in her research, from brain imaging, to laboratory-based oral and intravenous alcohol administration, to longitudinal survey designs.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Psychology, Indiana University


  • 2009 
    Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, PhD in Clinical Psychology