Kristin L. Moilanen, Ph.D.

Visiting Senior Research Specialist, University of Illinois at Chicago


Dr. Kristin L. Moilanen is a developmental psychologist.  Her research interests include adolescence and adulthood,  sexual risk-taking, self-regulation, and individual longitudinal change. 

In June 2022, Dr. Moilanen joined the Life Experiences and Well-Being in Adults Study as a Visiting Senior Research Specialist-Social Sciences within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr. Moilanen also holds a special appointment as an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dr. Moilanen served as an Associate Editor (2017-2020) and as the Editor in Chief (2021-2023) of the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology

Previously, Dr. Moilanen was  an assistant/associate professor in Child Development and Family Studies at West Virginia University from 2008-2022 and a postdoctoral fellow with the Pitt Mother and Child Project at the University of Pittsburgh from 2005-2008. 

Recent Publications

Negative affect, harassment and problematic alcohol use in young adults

H. Hallihan, H. Ghalyoun, Kristin L. Moilanen, K. Rospenda

Substance Use and Misuse, vol. 59(10), 2024, pp. 1556-1564


Kristin L. Moilanen

W. Troop-Gordon, E. Neblett, S. T. Butler-Barnes, The encyclopedia of adolescence, 2nd, vol. 1, Elsevier, 2024, pp. 444-457

U.S. college students’ sexual risk behaviors before and during the early COVID-19 pandemic

Kristin L. Moilanen, Y. Ni, N. Turiano

The Journal of Sex Research, vol. 61(5), 2024, pp. 750-766

Pathways From Individual Characteristics to Subjective Consequences of Sex: The Mediating Role of Risky Sexual Encounters

Lisa J. Crockett, Kristin L. Moilanen, Meredith L. Cartwright

International Journal of Sexual Health, vol. 35(2), 2023, pp. 230-247

Beyond the morning after: Measuring positive and negative psychosocial consequences of sexual encounters in early adulthood

Kristin L. Moilanen, Lisa J. Crockett, Adrianna Pierson

Archives of Sexual Behavior, vol. 52(2023), 2023, pp. 3081-3096

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Kristin L. Moilanen

Visiting Senior Research Specialist, University of Illinois at Chicago


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