Lindsey  Rodriguez

Lindsey Rodriguez

Lindsey Rodriguez
Associate Professor


Office: DAV 118
Phone: 727/873-4306



Dr. Lindsey Rodriguez studies social connections. As an applied social and health psychologist, her research explores ways people can make changes to their life that will have long-lasting, positive effects. She is committed to understanding how alcohol can be helpful and harmful to close relationships, as well as ways in which close relationship processes influence choices in drinking patterns.

In her lab, Dr. Rodriguez studies communication and conflict resolution, jealousy, attachment processes, gratitude, self-control, and expressive writing. Rodriguez tests hypotheses using a combination of longitudinal, dyadic, experimental, and daily diary designs, as well as with analytic techniques such as structural equation modeling, multilevel modeling, and actor-partner interdependence modeling. She has co-authored over 70 papers published in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Rodriguez teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Analysis of Variance, Advanced Statistics, and Social Psychology. She has received grants from USF, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH), and the National Center for Responsible Gaming for her research. She also works with a local nonprofit, Heels to Heal, which provides counseling services to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.


M.A. University of Houston

Ph.D. University of Houston


Social/Clinical Psychology with an active interest in romantic relationships and health-risk behavior (e.g., addictive behaviors, risky sex, intimate partner violence).

Broadly, I am a social psychologist whose research centers around problem drinking and how it affects (and is affected by) romantic relationships. Much of this comes from training in social cognitive and interdependence theories, addictive behaviors, and health psychology. I am primarily interested in understanding the determinants and mechanisms whereby alcohol use can serve a beneficial versus detrimental role in the relationship. Ultimately this research serves to inform brief, web-based (typically normative-focused) interventions to help individuals or couples struggling with addictive behaviors or unhealthy communication patterns. My work includes factors such as interpersonal perception, jealousy, social norms, expressive writing, and intimate partner violence (IPV).

Specialty Area

Cognition, Neuroscience, & Social

Selected Publications

Rodriguez, L. M., Fillo, J., Hadden, B. W., Øverup, C. S., Baker, Z. G., & DiBello, A. M. (in press). Do you see what I see? Actor and partner attachment shape biased perceptions of partners. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. doi: 10.1177/0146167218791782

Rodriguez, L. M., Neighbors, C., Osilla, K. C., & Trail, T. (in press). The longitudinal effects of military spouses’ concern and behaviors over partner drinking on relationship functioning. Alcohol.

Rodriguez, L. M., DiBello, A. M., Wickham, R., Hadden, B. W., Baker, Z. G., & Øverup, C. S. (in press). A self-determination theory approach to heavy drinking and intimate partner violence. Motivation and Emotion. doi: 10.1007/s11031-017-9655-1

Rodriguez, L. M., Osilla, K. C., Trail, T. E., Gore, K. L., & Pedersen, E. R. (in press). Alcohol use among concerned partners of heavy drinking service members and veterans. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12261

Neighbors, C., Rodriguez, L. M., Garey, L., & Tomkins, M. M. (in press). Testing a motivational model of delivery modality and incentives on participation in a brief alcohol intervention. Addictive Behaviors.

Rodriguez, L. M. (2016). A dyadic growth approach to partner regulation attempts on changes in drinking and negative alcohol-related consequences. Substance Use and Misuse, 51, 1870-1880.