Cynthia Mohr, Ph.D., Professor, Applied Social Psychology


Department of Psychology
317 Cramer Hall
Portland State University
1721 SW Broadway
Portland,OR 97201
phone (503) 725-3981
fax (503) 725-3904


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DYADIC Lab Website







Dr. Mohr received her B.A. from Smith College in Massachusetts in 1991 and her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1999. Before coming to PSU, she was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Alcohol Research Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center.


Dr. Mohr’s research concerns psychosocial influences on subjective well-being and physical health and in particular the processes by which positive and negative facets of interpersonal relationships and emotions exert effects on health. To examine these processes, many of Dr. Mohr’s research studies draw on daily process methodology, which are time-intensive investigations where people record experiences, thoughts, moods, and behaviors daily or multiple times a day, for periods ranging from a week to a month. Dr. Mohr has also drawn on dyadic designs and cross-cultural collaborations to examine the nature of interpersonal influence in her research work.


One area of particular focus to Dr. Mohr’s research work has been the area of negative emotional experiences and alcohol consumption, based on motivational models of alcohol consumption that specify the conditions under which people consume alcohol and motivations therein. She has examined the day-to-day fluctuations between positive and negative experiences and subsequent alcohol consumption, and how these relationships vary as a function of social context. Further, she has considered the potential for positive experiences to buffer the effects of negative experiences on drinking.


Dr. Mohr's current research projects include a focus on Veteran family health and well-being. Specifically, Dr. Mohr is collaborating with Dr. Leslie Hammer on the Department of Defense funded Study for Employment Retention of Veterans (SERVe) Project. The aim of SERVe is to conduct a randomized controlled trial testing the effectiveness of Veteran Supportive Supervisory Training (VSST) with pre- and post-training evaluation. VSST focuses on increasing support for veterans and their families in the civilian workforce with positive impacts expected at both home and work.  As part of this larger study, Dr. Mohr is directing the Daily Family Study (DFS) in which veterans participating in SERVe and their spouses/cohabiting partners are invited to complete a brief daily online survey regarding daily activities, work, family and social life. 



Professor Mohr is currently Assistant Field Editor for Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Associate Editor for the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology and an editorial board member of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors and Occupational Health Science.


Please visit Dr. Mohr's DYADIC (Daily Affect, Drinking, and Interpersonal Context) research lab website to learn more.