Dr. Timothy M. Osberg

Dr. Tim Osberg joined the faculty of Niagara in September of 1982. He teaches courses in introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, and psychological assessment in addition to supervising the department's practicum and co-op programs. Dr. Osberg's research interests include psychological assessment (including the development of two psychological tests, and evaluating recent revisions of the MMPI-2), the role of mental health in college student retention, cognitive factors underpinning college student drinking, and the role of irrational food beliefs in weight loss and maintenance. He enjoys involving students in research conducted in his clinical psychology lab.

Education

B.A. in Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1977
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1980
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1982

Selected Recent Publications and Presentations (Student Names in Bold)

Osberg, T. M., & Doxbeck, C. R. (2021). Partying during a pandemic: Role of descriptive partying norms, residence, college alcohol beliefs, and political ideology in COVID-19 party behavior. Journal of American College Health. DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2021.2008400 View in PubMed

Osberg, T.M., Bird, C., Mousso, L., Hearn, L., Foulis, J., Mundy, A., and Scalzo, S. (2021). Going against the norm: A mixed methods analysis of college students’ arguments against the college drinking culture. Substance Use & Misuse, 56, 2242-2251. DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2021.1981392 View in PubMed

Doxbeck, C. R., & Osberg, T. M. (2021). It’s not all smoke and mirrors: The role of social norms, alcohol use, and pandemic partying in e-cigarette use during COVID-19. Substance Use & Misuse, 56 (10), 1551-1558, DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2021.1942058. View in PubMed

Osberg, T.M., & Boyer, A. (2018). College alcohol beliefs and drinking consequences: A multiple mediation analysis of norms, expectancies, and willingness to experience drinking consequences. Journal of American College Health, 66, 209-218. View in PubMed

Fish, J., Osberg, T.M., & Syed, M. (2017). “This is the way we were raised”: Alcohol beliefs and acculturation in relation to alcohol consumption among Native Americans. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 16, 219-245. View in PubMed

Osberg, T. M., & Boyer, A. (2016).  Dangerous beliefs: College alcohol beliefs are associated with increased risk of regretted sexual encounters. Substance Use & Misuse, 51, 1555-1565. View in PubMed

Osberg, T. M., Billingsley, K., Eggert, M., & Insana, M. (2012). From Animal House to Old School: A multiple mediation analysis of the association between college drinking movie exposure and freshman drinking and its consequences. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 922-930. View in PubMed

Osberg, T. M., & Eggert, M. (2012). Direct and indirect effects of stress on bulimic symptoms and BMI: The mediating role of irrational food beliefs. Eating Behaviors, 13, 54-57. View in PubMed

Osberg, T. M., Insana, M., Eggert, M., & Billingsley, K. (2011). Incremental validity of college alcohol beliefs in the prediction of freshman drinking and its consequences: A prospective study. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 333-340. View in PubMed

Osberg, T. M., Atkins, L., Buchholz, L., Shirshova, V., Swiantek, A., Whitley, J., Hartman, S., & Oquendo, N.  (2010). Development and validation of the College Life Alcohol Salience Scale: A measure of beliefs about the role of alcohol in college life. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24, 1-12. View in PubMed

Osberg, T. M., Haseley, E. N., & Kamas, M. M.  (2008). The MMPI-2 clinical scales and Restructured Clinical (RC) scales: Comparative psychometric properties and relative diagnostic efficiency in young adults. Journal of Personality Assessment, 90, 81-92. View in PubMed

Osberg, T. M., Poland, D., Aguayo, G., & MacDougall, S.  (2008). The Irrational Food Beliefs Scale: Development and validation. Eating Behaviors, 9, 25-40. View in PubMed

Osberg, T. M.  (2008).  Underdiagnosis/overdiagnosis.  In F.T. L. Leong (Ed.).  Encyclopedia of counseling, Vol. 2 (personal counseling and mental health problems, pp. 493-494).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Doxbeck, C. R., & Osberg, T. M. (2021, August).  Exploring social norms, pandemic partying, and e-cigarette use in United States college Students.  To be presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA (virtual).

Osberg, T. M., & Doxbeck, C. R. (2021, August).  College alcohol beliefs, fear of COVID-19, political ideology, and college partying during COVID-19.  To be presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA (virtual).

Osberg, T. M., Foulis, J., Mundy, A., & Scalzo, A. (2021, July). College students’ evaluations of the effectiveness of arguments against the college drinking culture. Presented at the 32nd International Congress of Psychology, Prague, Czech Republic (virtual).

Foulis, J. & Osberg, T. M. (2021, March).  Gender and anxiety in response to COVID-19 among incoming college students: A moderated mediation analysis. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (virtual).

Kolacz, K. & Osberg, T. M. (2021, March).  Self-efficacy, posttraumatic stress, and perceived teaching effectiveness of inner-city schoolteachers. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (virtual).

Mundy, A. & Osberg, T. M. (2021, March).  College student mental health during COVID-19: Role of self-efficacy, resilience, and psychopathy. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (virtual).

Scalzo, A. & Osberg, T. M. (2021, March).  High school eating disorder symptoms and alcohol consequences in college. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (virtual).

Osberg, T. M. (2020, August). Pre-college alcohol beliefs, gender, and first semester changes in freshman drinking. Presented virtually at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.

Foulis, J., Scalzo, A., & Osberg, T. M. (2020, June).  Drinking identity and drinking consequences: A serial mediation analysis. Presented virtually at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association

Mundy, A., & Osberg, T. M. (2020, June).  The impact of gender, social interaction anxiety, and social engagement on retention to sophomore and junior year. Presented virtually at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association.

Osberg, T. M. (2019, August).  College alcohol beliefs, gender, and first semester changes in drinking game participation. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Hearn, L., & Osberg, T. M. (2019, March).  College alcohol beliefs and drinking consequences: A conditional process analysis. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Foulis, J., Mundy, A., & Osberg, T. M. (2019, March).  Predicting freshman drinking consequences: A study of student and parent alcohol beliefs. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Osberg, T. M. (2018, August).  Prospective study of college alcohol beliefs and drinking identity in predicting drinking outcomes. To be presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Loveland, C., & Osberg, T. M. (2018, March).  College alcohol beliefs and drinking consequences: Drinking and sleep quality as mediators. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Osberg, T. M., & Hearn, L. (2018, March).  College alcohol beliefs outperform norms, expectancies, and motives in explaining drinking consequences. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Treverton, B. N., & Osberg, T. M. (2018, March).  Comparative validity of food-related thinking styles in explaining binge eating and bulimia. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Osberg, T. M., Levin, A., & Jakubowski, J. (2017, August).  Gender and changes in drinking and mental health among incoming college students. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Doxbeck, C., & Osberg, T. M. (2017, March).  The power of belief: College alcohol beliefs and pregaming among incoming freshmen. To be presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Knowles, D., & Osberg, T. M. (2017, March).  College alcohol beliefs, perceived parental college alcohol beliefs, norms, and freshmen drinking. To be presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Lauher, M., & Osberg, T. M. (2017, March).  Choosing Animal House: College choice reasons, college alcohol beliefs, and freshmen drinking. To be presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Osberg, T. M., Levin, A., Bird, C., Mousso, L., Chatt, S., Carlson, S., Pritchard, J., Hearn, L., Taylor, M., & Moody, T. (2017, March).  Going against the norm: College students’ arguments against the college drinking culture. To be presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Zaky, K., & Osberg, T. M. (2017, March).  Incremental validity of social interaction anxiety in explaining drinking in freshmen women. To be presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Osberg, T. M. (2016, August).  Game Changers: Predicting change in drinking game participation among college freshmen. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Albano, N., Zaky, K., & Osberg, T. M. (2016, March).  Gender differences in the correlates of psychological help-seeking stigma. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Doxbeck, C., Lauher, M., & Osberg, T. M. (2016, March).  Mindfulness, personality, smartphone addiction, and mental health among college students. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Edmonds, T., & Osberg, T. M. (2016, March).  Factors associated with psychological help-seeking stigma in college students. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Leone, M., & Osberg, T. M. (2016, March).  Social networking site usage, social sensitivity, and generalized anxiety in college students. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Osberg, T. M., & Romano, L. (2016, March).  Faculty experiences with encountering college student mental illness. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Rosset, A., & Osberg, T. M. (2016, March).  Role conflict and team environment in relation to mental health among Division I college student athletes. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Butera, P., Schupp, P., & Osberg, T. (2016, January). Assessing great teaching: Psychometric properties of a new measure based upon Bain’s principles of great teaching. Presented at the 15th Annual Niagara University International Conference on Teaching and Learning, Niagara University, NY.

Osberg, T. M., & Boyer, A. (2015, August).  College alcohol beliefs are associated with increased risk of regretted sexual encounters. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Osberg, T. M., & Boyer, A. (2015, June).  Indirect effects of college alcohol beliefs on drinking consequences: A multiple mediation analysis. Presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Antonio, TX.

Osberg, T. M., & Boyer, A. (2015, March).  College alcohol beliefs and drinking identity in relation to drinking and consequences. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Boyer, A., & Osberg, T. M. (2015, March).  Irrational food beliefs, childhood sexual abuse history, and bulimic symptoms in men. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Joya, H., Albano, N., & Osberg, T. M. (2015, March).  The role of secure parental attachment and personality in college self-efficacy. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Keeley, H., & Osberg, T. M. (2015, March).  Irrational food beliefs mediate the connection between relationship insecurity and bulimic symptoms. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Leone, M., Edmonds, T., & Osberg, T. M. (2015, March).  Personality, adverse childhood experiences, and variations in college student stress. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Lorenzo, C., Prinzi, A., & Osberg, T. M. (2015, March).  Accessing pro-eating disorder websites: Relationship to eating disorder symptomology. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Oxley, K., & Osberg, T. M. (2015, March).  Everyday creativity: The relative contributions of personality and creative mindset. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.