Elizabeth C. Katz, Ph.D.                        

Department of Psychology

Biographical Information

Dr. Katz is a licensed clinical psychologist and a clinical researcher. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998 and completed post-doctoral training in substance abuse treatment research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Behavioral Pharmacology Unit. In January 2000, Dr. Katz joined the Friends Research Institute Social Research Center. Dr. Katz came to Towson in the Fall of 2007 to direct the MA in Psychology, Clinical Concentration.

Dr. Katz has extensive experience treating substance abusing, criminal-justice involved, and mental health patients. In addition, she has spent much of her career training and supervising clinicians working with these same populations. Her prior research focused on enhancing entry and engagement in treatment of substance dependent patients, improving treatment outcomes and reintegration of drug-involved offenders, and developing and evaluating treatment approaches that are theoretically-based and feasible for implementation within community treatment settings. She was principal investigator on a NIDA-funded study examining role induction as a strategy for facilitating the transition of opioid-addicted outpatients from a 30-day buprenorphine detoxification into longer-term drug-free treatment. Dr. Katz was co-investigator on two other NIDA-funded studies designed to develop and evaluate behavioral therapies, which include role induction as a component of treatment, for reducing substance use and recidivism among drug-involved offenders.

Her current research interests include: predictors and consequences of problematic alcohol and illicit substance use; predictors and consequences of non-medical use of prescription stimulants; examining the prevalence and predictors of problematic use of personal electronic devices and social networking sites; and other behavioral addictions. 

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Licensed (no. 03638) by the Maryland State Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles*

 Dunne EM, Freedlander J, Coleman K, & Katz EC (In Press). Impulsivity, expectancies, and evaluations of expected outcomes as predictors of alcohol use and related problems. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

 Friedmann PD, Taxman FS, Harrington M, Green TC, Rhodes AG, Katz E, O’Connell D, Martin SS, Frisman LK, Litt M, Burdon W, Clarke J & Fletcher BW  for the Step’n Out Research Group of CJ-DATS (In Press). Collaborative behavioral management among parolees: Substance use, crime, and re-arrest in the Step’N out experiment. Addiction. DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03769.x

 Kelly SM, Brown BS, Katz EC, O'Grady KE, Mitchell SG, King S, Schwartz RP (2012). A comparison of attitudes toward opioid agonist treatment among short-term buprenorphine patients. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 38, 233-238.

 Lookatch SJ, Dunne E & Katz EC (2012). Predictors of non-medical prescription stimulant use. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. 44, 86-91, DOI: 10.1080/02791072.2012.662083

 Katz EC, Brown BS, Schwartz RP, O’Grady KE, King SD, & Gandhi D (2011). Transitioning opioid-dependent patients from detoxification to long-term treatment: Efficacy of intensive role induction. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 117, 24-30. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2010.12.024.

 Katz, EC, Schwartz RP, King SD, Highfield DA, O’Grady KE, Billings T, Gandhi D, Weintraub E, Glovinsky D, Barksdale W, & Brown BS (2009). Brief v. Extended Buprenorphine Detoxification in a Community Treatment Program: Engagement and Short-Term Outcomes. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 35, 63-67.

 Friedmann PD, Katz EC, Rhodes AG, Taxman FS, O’Connell DJ, Frisman LK, Burdon WM, Fletcher BW, Litt MD, & Martin SS, for the Step’N Out Research Group of CJ-DATS (2008). Collaborative Behavioral Management for Drug-Involved Parolees: Rationale and Design of the Step’N Out Study.  Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 47, 290-318.

 Katz EC, Brown B, Schwartz R, King SD, Weintraub E, & Barksdale W (2007). Impact of role induction on long-term drug treatment outcomes. Journal of Addictive Diseases. 26, 81-90

Book Chapter*

Katz EC, Dunne EM, Lookatch S, & Camins J. (In Production). Mental and Behavioral Health. In Katz DL, Elmore JM, Lucan S et al. (Eds.) Jekel's Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Public Health, and Preventive Medicine. 4th Edition. Elsevier.


*Authors in Italics are, or were, Towson University students.

Dr. Elizabeth C. Katz


Assistant Professor

Director, MA in Psychology, Clinical Concentration


Contact Information


Address:    Towson University

                 Dept. of Psychology

                 8000 York Road

                 Towson, MD 21252


Phone:       (410) 704-3072


Fax:           (410) 704-3800


Office:        LA 2147



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