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Cassandra Boness

Research Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
Chapter Member: New Mexico SSN
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About Cassandra

Boness' research focuses broadly on substance use disorders and uses mixed method approaches. Overarching themes in Boness' writing include measurement, validity, and precision measurement. Boness serves on numerous professional leadership boards including Scholars Elevating Equity and Diversity and the APA Division 12 Committee on Science and Practice.


Talking to Youth of Color about Racism

  • Chardee A. Galán
  • Cassandra Boness
  • Julie Cristello
  • Juan Carlos Gonzalez ,
  • Nabila Jamal Orozco
  • Stefanie L. Sequeira

In the News

Opinion: "Adopting the Term ‘Preaddiction’ Would Be a Serious Mistake," Cassandra Boness, STAT News, May 25, 2023.
Interviewed in "Role of Motivational Interviewing in Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy," Psychiatry Advances, May 12, 2021.
Interviewed in "Diagnostic Issues in Alcohol Use Disorder," Anchor by Spotify, November 30, 2020.
Quoted by Adrienne Matei in "The Number of Fake Emotional Support Dogs Is Exploding – Why?," The Guardian, August 13, 2019.
Quoted by Christopher Mele in "Is That Dog (or Pig) on Your Flight Really a Service Animal?," The New York Times, May 1, 2018.


"Combatting the Conspiracy of Silence: Clinician Recommendations for Talking About Racism-Related Events With Youth of Color" (with Cassandra Boness, Chardee A. Galán, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Nabila Jamal Orozco, Stefanie L. Sequeira, Irene Tung, Alexandra R. Tabachnick, Derek M. Novacek, Isabella Kahhale, Beza M. Bekele, and Beza M. Bekele). Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2021).

Discusses key clinician recommendations for talking about racism and racism-related events with youth of color.

"The Etiologic, Theory-based, Ontogenetic Hierarchical Framework of Alcohol Use Disorder: A translational systematic review of reviews" (with Ashley L. Watts, Kimberly N. Moeller, and Kenneth J. Sher). OSF Reprints (2021).

Presents a translational systematic review of reviews, systematically developed a conceptual framework of alcohol use disorder etiology. Considers 13 causal mechanisms that are related to alcohol use disorder at different stages along the addiction cycle.