Veronica Cole Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate and Statistical Consultant

Veronica completed her Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017 and earned her BA in Psychology from Wellesley College (MA) in 2009.
Veronica’s research interests include (1) the measurement of alcohol and substance use in adolescence, and how latent variable approaches can be used to create and assess instruments for diagnosing alcohol and substance use disorders (AUD and SUD, respectively); and (2) modeling the pathways toward and away from alcohol and substance use disorders in development by integrating information from a wide diversity of sources into models which can test complex longitudinal hypotheses.

Veronica has a broad interest in helping researchers use quantitative models — including structural equation models, mixture models, and multilevel models, among others — to test hypotheses about growth and development in her new role as a statistical consultant at CDS.