Randi Melissa Schuster, PhD

Postdoctoral Neuropsychology Fellow

Research Interests

Interplay between contextual, psychosocial and neurocognitive risk factors for developing and maintaining addiction and risk taking behaviors; individual differences in drug addiction; polysubstance use; ecological momentary assessment

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

To see more abstracts of studies by Dr. Schuster, see this list on PubMed. 

Gonzalez R, Schuster RM, Mermelstein RM, Diviak KR. The role of decision-making in cannabis-related problems among young adults. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Sep 1;154:214-21. [See abstract.]

Schuster RM, Mermelstein RJ, Hedeker D. Acceptability and feasibility of a visual working memory task in an ecological momentary assessment paradigm. Psychol Assess. 2015 Dec;27(4):1463-70. [See abstract.]

Crane NA, Schuster RM, Mermelstein RJ, Gonzalez R. Neuropsychological sex differences associated with age of initiated use among young adult cannabis users. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2015;37(4):389-401. [See abstract.]

Schuster RM, Crane NA, Mermelstein R, Gonzalez R. Tobacco May Mask Poorer Episodic Memory Among Young Adult Cannabis Users. Neuropsychology. 2015 Sep;29(5):759-66. [See abstract.]

Crane NA, Schuster RM, Gonzalez R. Preliminary evidence for a sex-specific relationship between amount of cannabis use and neurocognitive performance in young adult cannabis users. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2013 Oct;19(9):1009-15. [See abstract.]

Schuster RM, Gonzalez R. Substance abuse, hepatitis C, and aging in HIV: Common co-factors that contribute to neurobehavioral disturbances. Neurobehav HIV Med. 2012;4:15-34. Review.

Schuster RM, Mermelstein R, Wakschlag L. Gender-specific relationships between depressive symptoms, marijuana use, parental communication and risky sexual behavior in adolescence. J Youth Adolesc. 2013 Aug;42(8):1194-209. Epub 2012 Aug 29. [See abstract.]

Schuster RM, Hertel AW, Mermelstein R. Cigar, cigarillo, and little cigar use among current cigarette-smoking adolescents. Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 May;15(5):925-31. [See abstract.]

Crane NA, Schuster RM, Fusar-Poli P, Gonzalez R. Effects of cannabis on neurocognitive functioning: recent advances, neurodevelopmental influences, and sex differences. Neuropsychol Rev. 2013 Jun;23(2):117-37. [See abstract.]

Schuster RM, Crane NA, Mermelstein R, Gonzalez R. The influence of inhibitory control and episodic memory on the risky sexual behavior of young adult cannabis users. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2012 Sep;18(5):827-833.

Schuster RM, Bornovalova MA, Hunt E. The influence of depression on the progression of HIV: direct and indirect effects. Behav Modif. 2012 Mar;36(2):123-45.

Gonzalez R, Schuster RM, Mermelstein RJ, Vassileva J, Martin EM, Diviak KR. Performance of young adult cannabis users on neurocognitive measures of impulsive behavior and their relationship to symptoms of cannabis use disorders. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2012;34(9):962-76.

Sargeant MN, Daughters SB, Curtin JJ, Schuster R, Lejuez CW. Unique roles of antisocial personality disorder and psychopathic traits in distress tolerance. J Abnorm Psychol. 2011 Nov;120(4):987-92.

Gonzalez R, Schuster RM, Vassileva J, Martin EM. Impact of HIV and a history of marijuana dependence on procedural learning among individuals with a history of substance dependence. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2011 Aug;33(7):735-52.

Mermelstein R, Richmond M, Schuster R. Smoking and youth. In: Rippe JM, ed. Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine and Health. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications; 2011.

Daughters SB, Magidson JF, Schuster RM, Safren SA. ACT HEALTHY: a combined cognitive-behavioral depression and medication adherence treatment for HIV-infected substance users. Cogn Behav Pract. 2010 Aug 1;17(3):309-321.

Daughters SB, Stipelman BA, Sargeant MN, Schuster R, Bornovalova MA, Lejuez CW. The interactive effects of antisocial personality disorder and court-mandated status on substance abuse treatment dropout. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2008 Mar;34(2):157-64.

Honors and Awards

National Research Service Award (NRSA)    
Early Career Preventionist Network Poster Contest Award at the Society for Prevention Research