In Press

Colby, M., Hecht, M. L., Miller-Day, M., Krieger, J. R., Syvertsen, A. K., Graham, J. W., & Pettigrew, J. (in press). Adapting school-based substance use prevention curriculum through cultural grounding: A review and exemplar of adaptation processes for rural schools. American Journal of Community Psychology.


Pettigrew, J., Miller-Day, M., Shin, Y., Hecht, M. L., Krieger, J. R., & Graham, J. W. (2012) Describing teacher-student interactions: A qualitative assessment of teacher implementation of the 7th grade keepin’ it REAL substance use intervention. American Journal of Community Psychology.  doi: 10.1007/s10464-012-9539-1

Marsiglia, F., Ayers, S., Gance-Cleveland, B., Mettler, K., & Booth, J. (2012). Beyond Primary Prevention of Alcohol Use: A Culturally Specific Secondary Prevention Program for Mexican Heritage Adolescents. Prevention Science, 13(3), 241–251. doi:10.1007/s11121-011-0263-0

Kulis, S., Marsiglia, F. F., & Nagoshi, J. L. (2012). Gender Roles and Substance Use Among Mexican American Adolescents: A Relationship Moderated by Acculturation? Substance Use & Misuse, 47(3), 214–229. doi:10.3109/10826084.2011.630438

Pettigrew, J., Miller-Day, M., Krieger, J., & Hecht, M. (2012). The Rural Context of Illicit Substance Offers: A Study of Appalachian Rural Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Research.

Pezalla, A. E., Pettigrew, J., & Miller-Day, M. (2012). Researching the researcher-as-instrument. Qualitative Research, 12, 165-185. DOI: 10.1177/1468794111422107   

Ndiaye, K., Krieger, J.L., Warren, J.R., & Hecht, M.L. (2012). Communication and health disparities. In T. Thompson, R. Parrott, & J. Nussbaum (Eds), The Routledge andbook of health communication


Kam, J. A. (2011). The effects of language brokering frequency and feelings on Mexican-heritage youth’s mental health and risky behaviors. Journal of Communication, 61, 455-475.

 Kam, J. A., & Cleveland, M. J. (2011). Perceived discrimination as a risk factor for Latina/o youth’s substance use:  Do parent- and peer-based communication and relationship resources act as protective factors? Health Communication, 26, 111-124. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2010.539180

Lee, J. K., Hecht, M. L., Miller-Day, M. A., & Elek, E. (2011). Evaluating mediated perception of narrative health messages: The perception of narrative performance scale. Communication Methods and Measures, 5, 126-145. PMID: 21822459

Pettigrew, J., Miller-Day, M., Krieger, J., & Hecht, M. L. (2011). Alcohol and other drug resistance strategies employed by rural adolescents. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 39, 103-122. DOI: 10.1080/00909882.2011.556139


Elek, E., Wagstaff, D. A., Hecht, M. L. (2010) Effects of the 5th and 7th grade enhanced versions of the keepin’ it REAL substance use prevention curriculum. Journal of Drug Education, 40, 61-79.

Hecht, M.L., Colby, M., & Miller-Day, M. (2010). The Dissemination of keepin' it REAL through D.A.R.E. America: A lesson in disseminating health messages. Health Communication, 25, 585-586. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2010.496826

Kam, J. A., Cleveland, M. J., & Hecht, M. L. (2010). Applying general strain theory to examine perceived discrimination's indirect effects on Mexican-heritage youth’s alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use. Prevention Science, 11, 297-410.  DOI: 10.1007/s11121-010-0180-7

Larkey, L., & Hecht, M.L. (2010). A Model of Effects of Narrative as Culture-Centric Health Promotion. Journal of Health Communication, 15, 114-135. DOI: 10.1080/10810730903528017

Lee, J. K. & Hecht, M. L., (2010). Media Influences on Mexican-Heritage Youth Alcohol Use. The Howard Journal of Communications, 21, 199-223.  Doi 10.1080/10646175.2010.496321

Miller-Day, M.A., & Hecht, M.L. (2010). “Applied” Aspects of the Drug Resistance Strategies Project. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 38, 215-229. NIHMS209280 DOI:  10.1080/00909882.2010.490848

Miller-Day, M., & Kam, J. A. (2010). More than just openness: Developing and validating a measure of targeted parent-child communication about alcohol. Health Communication, 25, 293-302.

Matusnaga, M., Hecht, M.L., Elek, E., & Ndiaye, K. (2010). Ethnic Identity Development and Acculturation: A longitudinal analysis of Mexican-Heritage Youth in the Southwest United States. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 41, 410-427. NIHMS200062


Harthun, M.L., Dustman, P.A., Reeves, L.J., Hecht, M.L., & Marsiglia, F.F. (2009).  Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Adapt keepin' it REAL:  Creating a Socially, Developmentally, and Academically Appropriate Prevention Curriculum for 5th Graders. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 53, 12-38.

Hecht, M. L., Graham, J. W., Elek, E. (2009). The drug resistance strategies intervention: Program effects on substance use. Health Communication, 20, 267-276.

Hecht, M.L., & Miller-Day, M. (2009). The Drug Resistance Strategies Project:  Using Narrative Theory to Enhance Adolescents’ Communication Competence. In L. Frey & K. Cissna (Eds.), Handbook of Applied Communication. London: Taylor & Francis.

Ndiaye, K., Hecht, M.L., Wagstaff, D.A., & Elek, E. (2009). Mexican-Heritage Preadolescents’ Ethnic Identification and Perceptions of Substance Use. Substance Use and Misuse, 44, 1160-1182.

Parsai, M., Voisine, S., Marsiglia, F.F., Kulis, S., & Nieri, T. (2009). The protective and risk effects of parents and peers on substance use, attitudes and behaviors of Mexican heritage female and male adolescents.  Youth & Society, 40, 353-376.

Kam, J.A., Matsunaga, M., Hecht, M.L., & Ndiaye, K. (2009). Extending the Theory of Planned Behavior to Predict Alcohol, Tobacco, and Marijuana Use among Youth of Mexican Heritage. Prevention Science, 10, 41-53.

Wagstaff, D.A., Kulis, S. & Elek, E., (2009). A Six-Wave Study of the Consistency of Mexican/Mexican American Middle-School Students’ Lifetime Substance Use Reports. Journal of Drug Education, 39, 361-384. NIHMS210803


Harthun, M.L., Dustman, P.A., Reeves, L.J., Hecht, M.L., & Marsiglia, F.F. (2008). Developing teacher proficiency in delivering a culturally-grounded prevention curriculum. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 29, 435-454.

Hecht, M.L., Elek, E., Wagstaff, D.A., Kam, J.A., Marsiglia, F.F., Dustman, P., Reeves, L., & Harthun, M. (2008). Immediate and Short-term Effects of the 5th Grade Version of the keepin’ it REAL Substance Use Prevention Intervention. Journal of Drug Education, 38, 225-251, NIHMS210796 .

Hecht, M.L., Warren, J.R., Wagstaff, D.A., & Elek, E. (2008). Substance Use, Resistance Skills, Decision Making, and Refusal Efficacy among Mexican and Mexican American Preadolescents. Health Communication, 23, 349-357.

Hecht, M.L. & Lee, J. (2008). Branding through Cultural Grounding:  The keepin’ it REAL curriculum. In W.D. Evans & G. Hastings (Eds.), Public Health Branding: Applying Marketing for Social Change. Oxford, Great Britain: Oxford University Press

Miller-Day, M. (2008). Translational performances: Toward relevant, engaging, and empowering social science. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9, Article 54.

Miller-Day, M. (2008). Talking to youth about drugs: What do youth say about parental strategies? Family Relations, 57, 1-12.

Ndiaye, K., Krieger, J.R., Warren, J.W., Hecht, M.L., & Okuyemi, K. (2008). Health Disparities and Discrimination: Three Perspectives. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 2, 51-71.

Reeves, L., Dustman, P., Holleran, L., & Marsiglia, F.F. (2008). Creating culturally-grounded prevention video:  Defining moments in the journey to collaboration .  Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions , 8(1), 65-94. 

Voisine, S., Parsai, M., Marsiglia, F.F., Kulis, S., & Nieri, T. (2008) Parental monitoring and adolescent substance use among Mexican/Mexican American students in the southwest of the United States. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 89, 264-273. NIHMS200066

Warren, J.R., Wagstaff, D.A., Hecht, M.L., & Elek, E. (2008). The Effects of Mexican Origin Family Structure on Parental Monitoring and Preadolescent Substance Use Expectancies and Substance Use. Journal of Substance Use, 13, 283-292. NIHMS-211965


Hecht, M.L. & Miller-Day, M. (2007). The Drug Resistance Strategies Project as Translational Research. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 35, 343-349.

Miller-Day, M.  (2007). Talking with your kids about alcohol and other drugs: Are parents the anti-drug? In L. B. Arnold. (Ed.). Family Communication: Theory and Research, 335–343. Allyn & Bacon.

Yabiku, S., Kulis, S., Marsiglia, F.F., Lewin, B., Nieri, T., & Hussaini, S.K.  (2007). Neighborhood effects on the efficacy of a youth prevention program to reduce alcohol use. Substance Use and Misuse, 42, 1, 1-23.

Kulis, S., Nieri, T. Yabiku, S., Stromwall, L.K., & Marsiglia, F.F. (2007). Promoting reduced and discontinued substance use among adolescent substance users:  Effectiveness of a universal prevention program. Prevention Science, 37, 123-144.

Kulis, S., Marsiglia, F.F., Sicotte, D.M., & Nieri, T. (2007). Neighborhood effects on youth substance use in a Southwestern city. Sociological Perspectives, 50, 2, 273-301.

Kulis, S., Yabiku, S.T., Marsiglia, F.F., Nieri, T. & Crossman, A. (2007).  Differences by Gender, Ethnicity, and Acculturation in the Efficacy of the keepin' it REAL Model Prevention Program. Journal of Drug Education, 37, 123-144.



Hecht, M.L., Graham, J.W. & Elek, E. (2006). The Drug Resistance Strategies Intervention: Program Effects on Substance Use. Health Communication, 20, 267-276.

Elek, E., Miller-Day, M. & Hecht, M.L. (2006). Influences of Personal, Injunctive, and Descriptive Norms on Early Adolescent Substance Use. Journal of Drug Issues, 36, 147-171.

Hecht, M.L., & Krieger, J.K. (2006). The principle of cultural grounding in school-based substance use prevention: The Drug Resistance Strategies Project. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 25, 301-319. PDF of Word Doc

Holley, L., Kulis, S. & Keith, V. (2006). Ethnicity versusethnic identity: What predicts substance use norms and behaviors? Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, Vol. 6, No. 3.

Marsiglia, F. F. (2006). Process of resiliency and vulnerability among Latinos. In Fong, R., McRoy, R. & Ortiz-Hendricks, C. (Eds.). Intersecting child welfare, substance abuse, and family violence (pp. 187-212). Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education Press.

Miller-Day, M. & Hecht, M.L. (2004). The REAL way to prevent substance abuse in America. Counselor: The Magazine for Addiction Professionals, 5, 33-36.

Okamoto, Scott K., LeCroy, Craig Winston, Tann, Sheila S., Rayle, Andrea Dixon, Kulis Stephen, Dustman, Patricia, & Berceli, David (2006). The Implications of Ecologically Based Assessment for Primary Prevention with Indigenous Youth Populations. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 27(2), Published Online DOI:10.1007/s10935-005-0016-6, 155-170.

Warren, J.R., Hecht, M.L., Wagstaff, D.A., Elek, E., Ndiaye, K., Dustman, P., & Marsiglia, F.F. (2006). Communicating Prevention: The Effects of the keepin’ it REAL Classroom Videotapes and Televised PSAs on Middle-School Students’ Substance Use. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 34(2), 209-227. PDF


Hecht, M.L., & Johnson, A. (2005). keepin’ it R.E.A.L.: A Culturally Grounded Substance Abuse Prevention Curriculum. Behavioral Health Management, 25, 45-48. PDF

Kulis, S. Marsiglia, F.F., Elek-Fisk, E., Dustman, P., Wagstaff, D., & Hecht, M.L. (2005). Mexican/Mexican American adolescents and keepin’ it REAL: An evidence-based, substance abuse prevention program. Children and Schools, 27, 133-145. PDF

Marsiglia, F.F., Kulis, S., Wagstaff, D.A., Elek, E.  & Dran, D. (2005). Acculturation status and substance use prevention with Mexican and Mexican American youth. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions5, 1/2, 85-111. 
Reprinted in Mario de la Rosa, Lori Holleran, & S. Lala Ashenberg Straussner, (eds.), Substance abusing Latinos: Current research on epidemiology, prevention, and treatment.   Haworth Press, 2005.


Hecht, M.L., Marsiglia, F.F., & Kayo, R. (2004). Cultural factors in adolescent prevention:  Multicultural approach works well. Addiction Professional, 2, 21-25.

Marsiglia, F.F., Kulis, S., Hecht, M.L., & Sills, S. (June 2004) Ethnicity and ethnic identity as predictors of drug norms and drug use among pre-adolescents in the Southwest.  Substance Use and Misuse, 39, 1061-1094.                       

Miller-Day, M., & Barnett, J. (2004). “I’m not a druggie”: Adolescents’ ethnicity and (erroneous) beliefs about drug use norms. Health Communication, 16(2), 207-288. PDF

Miller-Day, M. & Hecht, M.L. (2004). The REAL way to prevent substance abuse in America. Counselor: The Magazine for Addiction Professionals, 5, 33-36.

Miller-Day, M., & Dodd, A. (2004). Toward a descriptive model of parent-offspringcommunication about alcohol and other drugs. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 21 (1), 73 – 95.


Gosin, M., Marsiglia, F.F., & Hecht, M.L. (2003) Keepin’ it REAL: A drug resistance curriculum tailored to the strengths and needs of pre-adolescents of the Southwest. The Journal of Drug Education, 33, 2, 119-142.

Gosin, M.N., Dustman, P.A., Harthun, M.L. & Drapeau, A.E. (2003).  Participatory
action research: Creating an effective prevention curriculum for adolescents in the Southwest. Health Education Research: Theory & Practice, 18(3): 363-379. PDF

Hecht, M. L., Marsiglia, F. F., Elek, E., Wagstaff, D. A, Kulis, S., Dustman, P., & Miller-Day, M.  (2003). Culturally-grounded substance use prevention: An evaluation of the keepin’ it R.E.A.L. curriculum. Prevention Science, 4, 233-248. PDF

Graham, J. W., Cumsille, P. E., & Elek-Fisk, E. (2003).  Methods for handling missing data.  In J. A. Schinka & W. F. Velicer (Eds.).  Research Methods in Psychology (pp. 87-114).  Volume 2 of Handbook of Psychology (I. B. Weiner, Editor-in-Chief).  New York:  John Wiley & Sons.

Kulis, S., Marsiglia, F.F., Hurdle, D. (2003). “Gender identity, ethnicity, acculturation and drug use: Exploring differences among adolescents in the Southwest.” Journal of Community Psychology, 31, 2, 1-22. PDF

Napoli, M., Marsiglia, F.F., & Kulis, S. (2003). Sense of belonging to school as a protective factor against drug use among urban Southwest Native American pre-adolescents. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 3, 25-41.


Harthun, M.L., Drapeau, A.E., Dustman, P.A. & Marsiglia, F.F.  (2002). Implementing a prevention curriculum: An effective researcher-teacher partnership. Education and Urban Society, 34, 3, 353-364. 

Holleran, L., Dustman, P., Reeves, L. & Marsiglia, F.F. (2002). "Creating culturally grounded videos for substance abuse prevention: A dual perspective on process." Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions,2, 1, 55-78.

Kulis, S., Marsiglia, F.F., & Hecht, M.L. (2002). Gender labels and gender identity as predictors of drug use among ethnically diverse middle school students. Youth and Society, 33, 3, 442-475. PDF

Kulis, S, Napoli, M. & Marsiglia, F. F. (2002). “Ethnic pride, biculturalism, and drug use norms of urban American Indian adolescents.” Social Work Research, 26, 2, 101-112. PDF

Marsiglia, F.F. & Daley, J. M. (2002).  Latinos participating in multiethnic coalitions to prevent substance abuse: A case study.  Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 5, 3/4, 97-121.

Marsiglia, F. F., Miles, B. W., Dustman, P. A. & Sills, S. K. (2002). “Ties that protect: An ecological view of protective factors influencing urban adolescent substance use.” Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 11, 191-220.

Miller-Day, M. (2002). Parent-adolescent communication about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. Journal of Adolescent Research, 17, 604-617. PDF


Barnett, J. M. and Miller, M. (2001). Youth and their reported motivations to use or not to use alcohol and other drugs. The Social Studies, 92 (5), 209-212. PDF

Marsiglia, F.F., Kulis, S.& Hecht, M.L. (2001). Ethnic labels and ethnic identity as predictors of drug use and drug exposure among middle school students in the Southwest. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 11, 1, 21-48. PDF


Daley, J. M. & Marsiglia, F. F. (2000). Community partnerships: Old wine in new bottles? Journal of Community Practice, 8, 61-86.

Marsiglia, F. F., Holleran, L. & Jackson, K. M. (2000). Assessing the effect of internal and external resources on school-based substance abuse prevention. Social Work in Education, 22, 3, 145-161. PDF

Miller, M.A., Alberts, J.K., Hecht, M.L., Trost, M., & Krizek, R.L. (2000). Adolescent relationships and drug use. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc.

Moon, D.G., Jackson, K.M.., & Hecht, M.L. (2000). Family Risk and Resiliency Factors, Substance Use, and the Drug Resistance Process in Adolescence. Journal of Drug Education, 30, 373-398

Patterson, S. & Marsiglia, F. F. (2000). "Mi casa es su casa": A beginning exploration of Mexican Americans' natural helping. Families in Society, 81,22-31. PDF

Pitt, R. & Marsiglia, F. F. (2000). Like oil floating in water: The narrative of an undocumented worker. Reflections, 6, 18-23.


Marsiglia, F. F. & Holleran, L. (1999). I've learned so much from my mother: An ethnography of a group of Chicana high school students. Social Work in Education, 21(4), 220-237. PDF

Marsiglia, F.F. & Navarro, R. (1999). Acculturation status and HIV/AIDS knowledge and perception of risk among a group of Mexican American middle school students. Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education for Adolescents & Children, 3, 43-61.

Moon, D.G., Hecht, M.L., Jackson, K.M., & Spellers, R. (1999). Ethnic and gender differences and similarities in adolescent drug use and the drug resistance process. Substance Use and Misuse, 34, 1059-1083.

Trost, M.R., Langan, E.J., & Kellar-Guenter, Y. (1999). Not everyone listens when you 'just say no': Drug resistance in relational context. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 27, 120-138.

1998 and earlier

Miller, M. A. (1998). The social process of drug resistance in a relational context. Communication Studies, 49, 358-375. PDF

Miller, M., Hecht, M., & Stiff, J. (1998). An exploratory measurement of engagement with live and film media. Journal of the Illinois Speech and Theatre Association, 49, 69-83.

Hecht, M., Trost, M., Bator, R., & MacKinnon, D. (1997). Ethnicity and sex similarities and differences in drug resistance. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 25, 75-97.

Hecht, M.L., & Driscoll, G. (1994). A comparison of the communication, social, situational, and individual factors associated with alcohol and other drugs. International Journal of the Addictions, 29, 1225-1243.

Krizek, R.L., Hecht, M.L., & Miller-Rassulo, M. (1993). Language as an indicator of risk in the prevention of drug use. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 21, 245-262.

Hecht, M.L., Corman, S., & Miller-Rassulo, M. (1993). An evaluation of the drug resistance project: A comparison of film versus live performance. Health Communication, 5, 75-88.

Hecht, M.L., Alberts, J.K., & Miller-Rassulo, M. (1992). Resistance to drug offers among college students. International Journal of the Addictions, 27, 995-1017.

Alberts, J.K., Hecht, M.L., Miller-Rassulo, M., & Krizek, R.L. (1992). The communicative process of drug resistance among high school students. Adolescence, 27, 203-226. PDF

Alberts, J.K., Miller-Rassulo, & Hecht, M.L. (1991).  A typology of drug resistance strategies.  Journal of Applied Communication Research, 19, 129-151.