Zoë Neale, M.S.


Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology

(804) 828-1766


B.A. in American Studies from University of Virginia, 2010

M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016

Research Interests

Keywords: Prevention, intervention, gene by intervention (GxI), alcohol

Zoë is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at VCU. Broadly, her research interests include the etiology, prevention and treatment of alcohol and other substance use problems. Her current research projects focus on understanding how individuals with different levels of genetic risk for alcohol and substance use problems may respond differently to prevention and intervention programs. Integrating findings from this research, Zoë also contributes to projects that aim to develop and evaluate innovative approaches to tailoring prevention and treatment of alcohol and other substance use problems. In her free time, Zoë enjoys spending time with her dog, hiking, cooking, and eating delicious food.



Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

The moderating effect of genetic predispositions on alcohol intervention outcomes in youth

NIAAA F31AA027130

8/21/2018 – 8/20/2020


Selected Publications:

  1. Neale, Z.E., Salvatore, J.E., Cooke, M.E., Savage, J.E., Aliev, F., Donovan, K.K., Hancock, L., and Dick, D.M. The utility of a brief web-based prevention intervention as a universal approach for risky alcohol use in college students: evidence of moderation by family history. Frontiers in psychology9, 747. PMCID: PMC5972275
  2. Cooke, M. E., Neale, Z. E., Barr, P. B., Myers, J., Dick, D. M., Kendler, K. S., & Edwards, A. C. (2017). The role of social, familial, and individual‐level factors on multiple alcohol use outcomes during the first year of university. Alcoholism: clinical and experimental research. 41(10), 1783-1793. PMCID:  PMC5626635.
  3. Savage, J.E.*, Neale, Z.E.*, Cho, S.B., Hancock, L., Kalmijn, J., Smith, T., & Schuckit, M.A., Donovan, K.K. and Dick, D.M. (2015) Level of response to alcohol as a factor for targeted prevention in college students. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 39(11), 2215-2223.  PMCID: PMC4624230. *Denotes shared first authorship.

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