Lyuba Bobova, Ph.D. Chicago Campus

"I try to foster intellectual curiosity, skepticism, and professionalism in my courses."  
-Lyuba Bobova, Ph.D.

"I try to foster intellectual curiosity, skepticism, and professionalism in my courses."
-Lyuba Bobova, Ph.D.

Lyuba Bobova, Ph.D.
Associate Department Chair, Psychology Department
Core Faculty, Psy.D.

I specialize at teaching courses that focus on psychological science, including research methods, and statistics. My teaching philosophy is based on creating a professional and structured classroom environment, engaging students in the course topics through active learning, and facilitating application and generalization of skills or knowledge outside of the classroom. Research has shown active learning to be quite effective across topics and disciplines, and active learning is especially central to instruction of research methods and statistics. I prefer to spend most of the classroom time solving problems together to lecturing.

While many students may use statistics outside of class very infrequently, I want all students to become better consumers of survey and other quantitative information and I use real world examples to help generalize classroom lessons to real-life problems. I try to foster intellectual curiosity, skepticism, and professionalism in my courses. Students may subscribe to conflicting theories or have different ideas, but discussions of those differences must always be professional, collaborative, and honest about the quality of evidence that supports them.

My research examines the cognitive and personality risk factors that contribute to onset and maintenance of substance use disorders. Some of my work has focused on the externalizing risk pathway described in part by the cognitive-motivational theory of personality vulnerability in addictive disorders, where cognitive abilities may exacerbate risk conferred by disinhibited personality characteristics. More recently, I started investigating the internalizing risk pathways. Some individuals may start using substances to cope with or ameliorate emotional symptoms, which may later develop into a maladaptive and harmful addiction. I also have a special interest in applying advanced statistical techniques to clinical research.

At Adler University, I have enjoyed using my research and quantitative skills to facilitate scientific inquiry by students and faculty. I am a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) committee, and I am looking forward to contributing to research and statistical consultation services at the University.

Please email or call me (312.662.4366) if you have questions or would like more information about me.


  • Ph.D., Clinical Science, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • M.S., Applied Statistics, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • B.A., Psychology & Germanic Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Research Society on Alcoholism
  • Midwestern Psychological Association
  • APA Division 5: Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics
  • APA Division 12 Section 3: Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology
  • APA Division 38: Health Psychology
  • APA Division 50: Addictions

Select Publications

  • Wolitzky-Taylor, K.B., Dour, H., Zinbarg, R., Mineka, S., Vrshek-Schallhorn, S., Epstein, A., Bobova, L., Griffith, J., Waters, A., Nazarian, M., Rose, R. & Craske, M.G. (in press). Experiencing core symptoms of anxiety and unipolar mood disorders in late adolescence predicts disorder onset in early adulthood. Depression & Anxiety.
  • Wolitzky-Taylor, K. B., Bobova, L., Zinbarg, R. E., Mineka, S., & Craske, M. (2012). Understanding the impact of anxiety and mood disorders on subsequent substance use disorder onset and vice versa: Evidence from a longitudinal investigation. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 982 - 985.
  • Bobova, L., Finn, P. R., Rickert, M. E., & Lucas, J. (2009). Disinhibitory psychopathology and delay discounting in alcohol dependence: personality and cognitive correlates. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 17 (1), 51 – 61.
  • Finn, P. R., Rickert, M. E., Miller, M. A., Lucas, J., Bogg, T., Bobova, L., & Canrell, E. H. (2009). Reduced cognitive ability in alcohol dependence: Examining the role of covarying externalizing psychopathology. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 118 (1), 100 – 116.
  • Finn, P. R., Bobova, L., Wehner, E., Fargo, S., Rickert, M. E. (2005). Alcohol expectancies, conduct disorder and early-onset alcoholism: Negative alcohol expectancies are associated with less drinking in non-impulsive versus impulsive subjects. Addiction, 100 (7), 953 – 962.

Select Presentations

  • Bobova, L., Zinbarg, R. E., Mineka, S., & Craske, M. G. (2013, May) Facets of neuroticism: Relationship to dysfunctional cognitive styles and anxiety sensitivity. Poster presentation at the 25th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.
  • Bobova, L., Mineka, S., Zinbarg, R., & Craske, M. (2012, October). Coping styles moderate personality and affective risk for mood and anxiety disorders. In Biopsychosocial Approaches to the Study of Diatheses and Diatheses-Stress Relationships for the Emotional Disorders: Prospective Results from the Youth Emotion Project. Paper session conducted at the 26th annual meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Bobova, L., Mineka, S., Zinbarg, R. E., & Craske, M. (2011, September). Age of first drink predicts new onsets of substance use disorders: Associations with externalizing versus internalizing symptoms. Poster presented at the 25th annual meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Boston, MA.
  • Bobova, L., Rickert, M. E., Lucas, J., & Finn, P. R. (2011, April). Attention to alcohol, drug, and face stimuli in young adults with polysubstance abuse. Paper presented at the clinical and personality psychology colloquium series, Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
  • Bobova, L. & Finn, P. R. (2010, April). Assessing attention biases to alcohol, drug, and neutral images with a visual probe task. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.