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Chicago | Associate Department Chair and Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Lyuba Bobova, Ph.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

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

Select Publications

  • Persinger, V. K., Whiteside, D. M., Bobova, L., Saigal, S., Vannucci, M. J., & Basso, M. R. (2018). Using the California Verbal Learning Test, second edition as embedded performance validity measure among individuals with TBI and psychiatric disorders. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 32(6), 1039 – 1053.
  • Wolitzky-Taylor, K., Sewart, A., Vrshek-Schallhorn, S., Zinbarg, R., Mineka, S., Hammen, C., Bobova, L., Adam, E. K. & Craske, M. G. (2017). The effects of childhood and adolescent adversity on substance use disorders and poor health in early adulthood. Journal of youth and adolescence, 46(1), 15-27.
  • Kendall, A. D., Zinbarg, R. E., Bobova, L., Zinbarg, R. E., Mineka, S., Revelle, W., Prenoveau, J., Craske, M. (2016). Measuring Positive Emotion with the Mood and Anxiety Symptom Questionnaire: Psychometric Properties of the Anhedonic Depression Scale. Assessment, 23(1), 86 – 95.
  • Zinbarg, R. E., Mineka, S., Bobova, L., Craske, M., Vrshek-Schallhorn, S., Griffith, J. W., Wolitzky-Taylor, K., Waters, A. M., Sumner, J., Anand, D. (2016). Testing a hierarchical model of neuroticism and its cognitive facets: Latent structure and prospective prediction of first onsets of anxiety and unipolar mood disorders over three years in late adolescence. Clinical Psychological Science, 4(5), 805 – 824.
  • Kendall, A. D., Zinbarg, R. E., Mineka, S., Bobova, L., Prenoveau, J. M., Revelle, W., Craske M. (2015). Prospective Associations of Low Positive Emotionality with First Onsets of Depressive and Anxiety Disorders: Results from a 10-Wave Latent Trait-State Modeling Study. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124(4), 933 – 943.
  • 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

Select Presentations

  • Bobova, L., Murman, P., Martinez Aguilar, N., Skowron, M., Corbin, G., & Jimenez, M. (2018, June). Doctoral training of non-native English speaking psychology and counseling students: Cultural and unique experiences and available support. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, Toronto, ON.
  • Bobova, L., Jimenez, M., Martinez Aguilar, N., Skowron, M., Murman, P., Patterson, L. T., & Corbin, G. (2018, June). Training and support for faculty working with non-native English speaking doctoral students. Poster presented at the annual Research and Scholarship Symposium at Adler University, Chicago, IL.
  • Persinger, V., Whiteside, D., Bobova, L., Saigal, S., Vannucci, M., Basso, M. (2017, February). The California verbal learning test-II total hits and total false positives as embedded performance validity measures in mood disorders. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society, New Orleans, LA.
  • Bobova, L., Mineka, S., Zinbarg, R., Craske, M. (2016, May). Age of first drink predicts new onsets of substance use disorders: Associations with externalizing versus internalizing traits. Poster presented at the 28th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.
  • Vinograd, M., Bobova, L., Vrshek-Schallhorn, S., Wolitzky-Taylor, K. B., Mineka, S., Zinbarg, R. E., & Craske, M. G. (2016, March). Neuroticism and Interpretive Bias as Predictors of Mood and Anxiety Symptomatology in Young Adults. Poster presented at annual convention of the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Lampropoulos, G. K., & Bobova, L. (2015, June). Integrating Positive Psychology and Social Justice: Theoretical, research, and practice applications. Paper presented at the Fourth World Congress on Positive Psychology, Lake Buena Vista, FL.
  • 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.

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