Lucy Kilp-Napper, Ph.D.






Visiting Assistant Research Professor

Office: University Hall 4711
Telephone: (310) 568-6681

Personal webpage:

Heads Up


BSc, Psychology, The University of Sheffield, UK, 2002
Ph.D., Psychology, The University of Sheffield, UK, 2005

Specialty/Areas of Interest:

Health Psychology, Social Psychology, Substance abuse, Mental Health, HIV risk

Courses Taught:

Introduction and Overview of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs; General Psychology

Brief Bio:

Dr. Napper’s research interests focus on health risks, psychometrics, and substance abuse prevention. In 2007, she received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to examine HIV risk perceptions among high-risk populations. She has worked on federally-funded grants evaluating substance abuse treatment for individuals with co-occurring HIV and mental health challenges. Her current research focuses on alcohol interventions for college students and their parents.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Napper, L.E., Harris, P. R. & Klein, W. M. P. (in press) Combining Self-Affirmation with the Extended Parallel Process Model: The Consequences for Motivation to Eat More Fruit and Vegetables. Health Communication.

Napper, L.E., LaBrie, J. W., & Hummer, J. F. (in press). Anxiety moderates the role of protective strategies in reducing alcohol-related harm among students accessing counseling services. Journal of College Counseling.

Hummer, J. F., Napper, L. E., Ehret, P. J., & LaBrie, J. W. (2012). Event-specific risk and ecological factors associated with prepartying among heavier drinking college students. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 1620-1628. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.09.014.

LaBrie, J. W., Napper, L. E., & Ghaidarov, T. M. (2012). Predicting Driving after Drinking Over Time Among College Students: The Emerging Role of Injunctive Normative Perceptions. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73(5), 726-730.

Napper, L.E., Fisher, D.G., & Reynolds, G.L. (2012). Development of the Perceived Risk of HIV Scale. AIDS and Behavior, 16(4), 1075-1083. doi:10.1007/s10461-011-0003-2

Reynolds, G. L., Fisher, D. G., & Napper, L. E. (2012). Assessment of Risky Injection Practices Associated with HIV and Hepatitis B and C using the Blood-Borne Transmission Risk Assessment Questionnaire. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 31(1), 80-88. doi: 10.1080/10550887.2011.642755.

Cervantes, R. C., Fisher, D. G., Córdova, D., & Napper, L. E. (2012). The Hispanic Stress Inventory—Adolescent Version: A culturally informed psychosocial assessment. Psychological Assessment, 24(1), 187-196.

Dickerson, D.L., Fisher, D.G., Reynolds, G.L., Baig, S.,  Napper, L.E., & Anglin, M.D. (2012). Substance use patterns among high-risk American Indians/Alaska Natives in Los Angeles County. American Journal on Addiction, 21(5), 445-52. doi: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2012.00258.x.

Fisher, D. G., Reynolds, G. L., Ware, M. R., & Napper, L. E. (2011). Methamphetamine and Viagra use: Relationship to sexual risk behaviors.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40(2), 273-279. doi: 10.1007/s10508-009-9495-5.

Storholm, E. D., Fisher, D. G., Napper, L. E., Reynolds, G. L., & Halkitis, P. N. (2011). Proposing an optimal cut point for the Compulsive Sexual Behavior Inventory.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40(6), 1301–1308.doi: 10.1007/s10508-010-9712-2.

Napper, L. E., Fisher, D. G., Reynolds, G. L., & Johnson, M. E. (2010).  The effect of recall period on HIV risk behavior self-report reliability.  AIDS and Behavior, 14(1), 152-161.  doi: 10.1007/s10461-009-9575-5.

Napper, L. E., Fisher, D. G., Johnson, M. E., Wood, M. M. (2010).  The reliability and validity of drug users’ self reports of amphetamine use.  Addictive Behaviors, 35(4), 350-354.  doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2009.12.006

Fisher, D. G., Reynolds, G. L., & Napper, L. E. (2010). Use of crystal methamphetamine, Viagra, and sexual behavior. Current Opinion in Infectious Disease, 23(1), 53-6.  doi:10.1097/QCO.0b013e328334de0b.

Marsh, K. A., Reynolds, G. L., Rogala, B. E., Fisher, D. G., & Napper, L. E. (2010).  Who chooses a rapid test for HIV in Los Angeles County, California?  Evaluation and the Health Professions 33(2), 177-196. doi: 10.1177/0163278710361929

Napper, L., Harris, P. R., Epton, T. (2009) Developing and testing a self-affirmation manipulation. Self and Identity, 8, 45-62.

Armitage, C. J., Harris, P. H., Hepton, G., NAPPER, L. (2008). Self-affirmation increases acceptance of health-risk information among UK adult smokers with low socioeconomic status. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 22(1), 88-95.

Napper, L. E., Wood, M., M., Fisher, D. G., Reynolds, G. L., & Klahn, J. (2008).  Convergent and discriminant validity of the RCQ, URICA and SOCRATES.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 22(3), 362-371.

Reynolds, G. L., Fisher, D. G., & Napper, L. E. (2008).  Results from a multiple morbidities testing program offering rapid HIV testing bundled with hepatitis and sexually transmitted infection testing.  Public Health Reports, Suppl 3 (123), 1-11.

Harris, P. R., Mayle, K, Mabbott, L., & Napper, L. (2007). Self-affirmation reduces smokers’ defensiveness to graphic on-pack cigarette warning labels. Health Psychology, 26, 437-446.

Harris, P. R., & Napper, L. (2005). Self-affirmation and the biased processing of threatening health-risk information. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31(9), 1250-1263

Associate Director of:

Heads Up Alcohol Research Lab

Honors & Awards:

Principal Investigator. Alcohol Beverage and Medical Research Foundation. A Parent-Based Social Norms Alcohol Intervention for First Year College Students.

National Institute on Drug Abuse, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F32).