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Jessica Cail Faculty Profile

Jessica Cail

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
Social Science Division, Seaver College
AC 250


Jessica Cail is an experimental psychologist with a research focus on behavioral medicine and public health, particularly substance use. Previous work has included investigation into predictive risk-factors for college drinking and drug use, behavioral interventions to reduce alcohol abuse, and behavioral treatments for opiate addiction. She also serves as a science communicator and scientific consultant for film and television through the National Academy of Sciences.


  • PhD Psychology, Boston University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2007
  • MA Psychology, Boston University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1994
  • BS Journalism, Boston University, College of Communication, 1993


Grazier, K., & Cail, J. (In preparation) Hollyweird Science of the Third Kind, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Lieberman, H., Cail, J. & Friedl, K. (2012). Performance-maintaining and performance-enhancing drugs and food components. In R. Burr & P. Amoroso (Eds.), Military quantitative physiology: Problems and concepts in military operational medicine. Falls Church, VA: The Borden Institute - Office of the Surgeon General: Department of the Army.

Hummer, J.F., LaBrie, J.W., Lac, A., Sessoms, A., & Cail, J. (2012). Estimates and influences of reflective opposite-sex norms on alcohol use among a high-risk sample of college students: Exploring Greek-affiliation and gender effects. Addictive Behaviors, 37(5), 596–604.

LaBrie, J.W. & Cail, J. (2011). Parental interaction with college students: The moderating effect of parental contact on the influence of perceived peer norms on drinking during the transition to college. Journal of College Student Development, 52(5), 610-621.

LaBrie, J.W., Cail, J., Pedersen, E. R., & Migliuri, S. (2010). Reducing alcohol risk in adjudicated male college students: Further validation of a group motivational enhancement intervention. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 20(1), 82-98. doi:10.1080/1067828X.2011.534369

Cail, J & LaBrie, J. (2010). Disparity between the perceived alcohol-related attitudes of parents and peers increases alcohol risk in college students. Addictive Behaviors, 35(2), 135-139.

LaBrie, J., Cail, J., Hummer, J., Lac, A. & Neighbors, C. (2009). What men want: The role of reflective opposite-sex normative preferences in predicting alcohol use among college women. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23(1), 157-162.

LaBrie, J., Migliuri, S., Cail, J. (2009). A night to remember: A harm reduction birthday card intervention reduces high risk drinking during 21st birthday celebrations. Journal of American College Health, 57(6), 659-663.

Cail, J. (2007). The effects of partial reinforcement on morphine withdrawal. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 68(4-B), 2631.

Cail, J. & Lieberman, H. (1995). A database of research on drugs which could influence the outcome of psychophysiological detection of deception examination (DoDPI-R-0005). Fort McClellan, AL: Department of Defense, Polygraph Institute.

  • Winner of the Outstanding Faculty Award (student nominated) – American Intercontinental University (May, 2008)
  • Annual Meeting of the American Chemical Society; "Neuroscientific Accuracy in Hollywood Entertainment"; San Francisco, CA (April, 2017)
  • E.G. Conference; "Brain Health - The Importance of Play"; Carmel, CA (April, 2017)
  • American Museum of Natural History; "The Secret Life of Scientists"; New York, NY (May, 2016)
  • Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society; "Hollywood Neuroscience"; Los Angeles, CA (March, 2016)
  • White House Office of Science & Technology - Homesteading in Space Conference; "The Neuroscience of Time Cues – Human Factors in Space"; Los Angeles, CA (February, 2016)
  • Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Panel discussion on "Scientific Accuracy in Hollywood Science Fiction; San Diego, CA (January, 2016)
  • National Academy of Sciences & Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Sloan Summit; "Environmental Conditioning in Opiate Addiction"; Los Angeles, CA (November, 2014)


  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Substance Use


  • PSYC 200- Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 210- Foundations of Psychology
  • PSYC 250- Introduction to Statistics
  • PSYC 310- Research Methods
  • PSYC 341- Principles of Learning
  • PSYC 372- Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC 373- Psychopharmacology
  • PSYC 442- Intermediate Statistics