Atika Khurana, Ph.D.Counseling Psychology and Human Services, University of Oregon

Atika Khurana is Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology and Human Services, and Research Scientist at the Prevention Science Institute, University of Oregon. Her research interests include understanding and preventing adolescent risk behaviors, with a focus on families as mediators and moderators of risk. Her current research focuses on understanding the developmental associations between executive functions (e.g., working memory), self-regulation, and adolescent risk-taking behaviors. Her past work has examined multi-contextual risk and protective factors associated with adolescent sexual risk behaviors, substance abuse, delinquency, and academic disengagement. Dr. Khurana’s research has appeared in leading academic journals, including Developmental Psychology, Journal of Adolescent Health, Prevention Science, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Addictive Behaviors, and Addiction. Her statistical interests include latent variable and multi-level modeling, mediation and moderation analysis, missing data, and longitudinal data analysis.


Weakness in working memory predicts progression of alcohol use in early adolescents

Research points to the potential for prevention   Weakness in a cognitive skill called "working memory" predicts both the initiation and the escalation of alcohol use in adolescents ages 10 to 15, according to a longitudinal study by researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of

APPC and Ohio State researchers help understand the influence of maternal sexual communication on adolescent risky sexual behaviors

When mothers engage in frequent sexual discussions with their teenagers but fail to express clear disapproval of teenagers’ sexual involvement, their efforts are more likely to result in greater risky sexual involvement by their teen, according to a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The study was conducted by Atika Khurana, postdoctoral