Amy Copeland, Professor

photo of CopelandOffice: 215 Audubon Hall
Department of Psychology
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Office Phone: (225) 578-4117

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Present Positions

Psychology Department
Louisiana State University

Adjunct Professor
Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Research Interests

My research interests focus on cognitive and affective variables in substance use initiation, maintenance, cessation, and relapse. I am primarily interested in self-administration of tobacco/nicotine in a variety of populations. More specifically, my interests include:

  1. Female endocrinology and self-administration of nicotine. My research includes studies with both pre- and postmenopausal women who smoke.
  2. Outcome expectancies for tobacco use, including beliefs about appetite and weight control and subclinical eating disorder pathology.
  3. Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) use in adolescents and young adults: predictors of initiation and motivational factors in ongoing use.
  4. The influence of nicotine on the efficacy of opioid withdrawal medications (agonists and partial agonists). Cessation interventions tailored for individuals with opiate use disorder who smoke.
  5. Brief motivational enhancement interventions for alcohol and smoking.

Dr. Copeland is currently not taking students. 


B.A., 1990, Psychology, University of California, San Diego
Ph.D., 1997, Clinical Psychology, State University of New York, Binghamton.
Internship & Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1996-1998, Public Service & Minority Mental Health, Specialization in Substance Abuse & HIV, University of California, San Francisco.


I presently teach the following courses: 

  • PSYC 7960 – Supervision and Consultation in Psychology
  • PSYC 7688/7689 – Clinical Practicum
  • PSYC 3083 – Clinical & Counseling Psychology
  • PSYC 2999 & 4999 - Research & Honors Research Projects

Representative Publications

Selected Recent Publications  (*Student Co-Authors)

*Stewart, S. A., Cherry, K., & Copeland, A. L. (2022). Risk Factors for Substance Use across the Lifespan. The Journal of Genetic Psychology. 2022 Oct 27:1-18. doi: 10.1080/00221325.2022.2130025. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36300651.

*Abarno, C. N., Chapman, H. M., & Copeland, A. L. (2022). The impact of depression on opioid withdrawal symptoms among smokers with Opioid Use Disorder receiving medication-assisted opioid detoxification. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. 2022 Sep 8. doi: 10.1037/pha0000599. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36074624.

*Stewart, S. A., Peltier, M. R., Roys, M. R., & Copeland, A. L. (2022). The association between hormonal contraceptive use and smoking, negative affect, and cessation attempts in college females. Drug & Alcohol Dependence Reports, 3, 100063.

*Walukevich-Dienst, K., Morris, P. E., Tucker, R. P., Copeland, A. L., Buckner, J. D. (2022). Development and initial psychometric properties of the Cannabidiol Outcome Expectancies Questionnaire (CBD-OEQ). Psychological Assessment, 34(7), 643-659. doi: 10.1037/pas0001128. Epub 2022 Mar 17. PMID: 35298216; PMCID: PMC9256792.

*Terlecki, M. A., Buckner, J. D., & Copeland, A. L. (2021). Protective behavioral strategies underutilization mediates effect of a brief motivational intervention among socially anxious undergraduate drinkers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 35(1):73-84. doi: 10.1037/adb0000701. PMID: 33719474; PMCID: PMC7967985.

*Waters, A. F., Peltier, M. R., Roys, M. R., Stewart, S. A., & Copeland, A. L. (2021). Smoking and suicidal ideation among college students: Smoking expectancies as potential moderators. Journal of American College Health, 69(8), 951-958. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2020.1719112. Epub 2020 Feb 6. 

*Waters, A. F. & Copeland, A. L. (2021). Behavioral Health after a Natural Disaster. In K. E. Cherry (Ed.), The Intersection of Trauma and Disaster Behavioral Health (pp. 285-295). Springer, Cham.

*Stewart, S. A., Harmony, Z. R., & Copeland, A. L. (2020). Electronic cigarette use among college students. In E-Cigarettes: Perspectives, Regulation and Health Effects. Hauppauge New York: Nova Science Publishers.

*Roys, M. R., Peltier, M. R., Stewart, S. A., Waters, A. F., Waldo, K. M., Copeland, A. L. (2020). The Role of Problematic Alcohol Use and Risk Perceptions in Determining E-cigarette Use. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 46(2), 224-231. doi: 10.1080/00952990.2019.1654486. Epub 2019 Aug 21. 

*Peltier, M. R., Waters, A. F., Roys, M. R., Stewart, S. A., Waldo, K. M., & Copeland, A. L. (2020). Dual users of e-cigarettes and cigarettes have greater positive smoking expectancies than regular smokers: A study of smoking expectancies among college students. Journal of American College Health, 68(7), 782-787. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2019.1590373. Epub 2019 Mar 25