Dennis Gorman, PhD

Dennis Gorman, PhD


Epidemiology & Biostatistics
212 Adriance Lab Rd
1266 TAMU
College Station, TX   77843-1266

Phone: 979.436.9385
Fax: 979.436.9595

Research Interests

  • Alcohol & Drug Abuse
  • Violence
  • Application of Scientific Method to Public Health Issues

Teaching Interests

  • Community Needs Assessment
  • Program Evaluation
  • Public Health Approaches to Drug Prevention
  • Public Health Interventions
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Social Epidemiology

Education and Training

PhD Medical Sociology, University of Essex - 1988

MSc Medical Sociology, Bedford College, University of London - 1981

BA (Hons) Social Science, 1st Class, Polytechnic of Central London - 1980

Selected Publications

Gorman, D.M. and Huber, Jr., J.C. (in press). Do medical marijuana laws encourage marijuana use? International Journal of Drug Policy.

Waller, L.A., Zhu, L., Gotway, C.A., Gorman, D.M. & Gruenewald, P.G. (in press). Quantifying geographic variations in associations between alcohol distribution and violence: a comparison of geographically weighted regression and spatially varying coefficient models. Stochastic Research and Risk Assessment.

Zhu, L., Gorman, D.M. & Horel, S. (2006). Hierarchical Bayesian spatial models for alcohol availability, drug "hot spots" and violent crime. International Journal of Health Geographics, 5:54 (Available at

Gorman, D.M., Mezic, J., Mezic, I. and Gruenewald, P.G. (2006). Agent-based modeling of drinking behavior: a preliminary model and potential application to theory and practice. American Journal of Public Health, 96, 2055-2060.

Huber, Jr., J.C., Carozza, S.E. and Gorman, D.M. (2006). Underage driving as an indicator of risky behavior in children and adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 38, 612-616.

Gorman, D.M., Huber, Jr., J.C. and Carozza, S.E. (2006). Evaluation of the Texas 0.08 BAC law. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 41, 193-199.

Gorman, D.M., Zhu, L. and Horel, S. (2005). Drug "hot-spots", alcohol availability and violence. Drug & Alcohol Review, 24, 507-513.

Gorman, D.M. (2005). Does measurement dependence explain the effects of the Life Skills Training Program on smoking outcomes? Preventive Medicine, 40, 479-487.

Gorman, D.M. (2005). Drug and violence prevention: rediscovering the critical rational dimension of evaluation research. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 1, 39-62.

Gorman, D.M. (2005). The centrality of critical rational reasoning in science: a response and further comments on the Life Skills Training program, the Seattle Social Development Project, and prevention studies. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 1, 263-275.

Gorman, D.M., Gruenewald, P.J., Hanlon, P.J., Mezic, I., Waller, L., Castillo-Chavez, C., Bradley, E. and Mezic, J. (2004). Implications of systems dynamic models and control theory for environmental approaches to the prevention of alcohol- and other drug use-related problems. Substance Use and Misuse, 39, 1713-1750.

Zhu, L., Gorman, D.M. and Horel, S. (2004). Alcohol outlet density and violence: a geospatial analysis. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 39, 369-375.

Gorman, D.M. (2003). Prevention programs and scientific nonsense. Policy Review, Number 117, 65-75.

Gorman, D.M. (2003). The best of practices, the worst of practices: the making of science-based primary prevention programs. Psychiatric Services, 54, 1087-1089.

Buchanan, R.J., Gorman, D.M., Wang, S. and Huang, C. (2003). Profiles of nursing home residents receiving alcohol and drug treatment using the Minimum Data Set. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 22, 31-47.

Gorman, D.M. (2002). Defining and operationalizing "research-based" prevention: a critique (with case studies) of the US Department of Education's Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools Exemplary Programs. Evaluation and Program Planning, 25, 295-302.

Gorman, D.M. (2002). The "science" of drug and alcohol prevention: the case of the randomized trial of the Life Skills Training Program. International Journal of Drug Policy, 13, 21-26.

Gorman, D.M. and Derzon, J.H. (2002). Behavioral traits and marijuana use and abuse: a meta-analysis of longitudinal studies. Addictive Behaviors, 27, 193-206.

Gorman, D.M., Speer, P.W., Gruenewald, P.J. and Labouvie, E.W. (2001). Spatial dynamics of alcohol availability, neighborhood structure and violent crime. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 62, 628-636.

Gorman, D.M. and Labouvie, E.W. (2000). Using social indicators to inform community drug and alcohol prevention policy. Journal of Public Health Policy, 21, 428-446.

Gorman, D.M. (1998). The irrelevance of evidence in the development of school-based drug prevention policy, 1986-1996. Evaluation Review, 22, 118-146.

Gorman, D.M., Labouvie, E.W., Speer, P.W. and Subaiya, A.P. (1998). Alcohol availability and domestic violence. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 24, 661-673.

Gorman, D.M., Speer, P.M. Labouvie, E.W. and Subaiya, A.P. (1998). Risk of assaultive violence and alcohol availability in New Jersey. American Journal of Public Health, 88, 97-100.

Speer, P.W., Gorman, D.M., Labouvie, E. W. and Ontkush, M. (1998). Violent crime and alcohol availability: relationships in an urban community. Journal of Public Health Policy, 19, 303-318.

Gorman, D.M. (1997). The failure of drug education. The Public Interest, Number 129: 50-60.

Gorman, D.M. and Speer, P.M. (1997). The concentration of liquor outlets in an economically disadvantaged city in the northeastern United States. Substance Use and Misuse, 32, 2033-2046.

Gorman, D.M. (1996). Do school-based social skills training programs prevent alcohol use among young people? Addiction Research, 4, 191-210.

Gorman, D.M. (1996). Etiological theories and the primary prevention of drug use. Journal of Drug Issues, 26, 505-518.

Gorman, D.M. and Speer, P.W. (1996). Preventing alcohol abuse and alcohol-related problems through community interventions: A review of evaluation studies. Psychology and Health, 11, 95-131.

Aguirre-Molina, M. and Gorman, D.M. (1996). Community-based approaches for the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. Annual Review of Public Health, 17, 337-358.

Gorman, D.M. (1995). On the difference between statistical and practical significance in school-based drug abuse prevention. Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, 2, 275-283.

Gorman, D.M. (1995). The changing role of mass media in preventing alcohol problems. Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, 2, 77-83.

Gorman, D.M. (1995). Are school-based resistance skills training programs effective in preventing alcohol misuse? Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 41 (1), 74-98.

Aguirre-Molina, M. and Gorman, D.M. (1994-95). The Perth Amboy Community Partnership for Youth: assessing its effects at the environmental and individual levels of analysis. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 15, 363-378.

Gorman, D.M., Jacobs, L.M. and McAlpine, D. (1994). Measuring factors that influence the response of medical practitioners and social workers to problem drinkers: a pilot study. Drug and Alcohol Review, 13, 269-276.

O'Leary, D., Gorman, D.M. and Speer, P.W. (1994). The sale of alcoholic beverages to minors. Public Health Reports, 109, 816-818.

Gorman, D.M. (1993). A theory-driven approach to the evaluation of professional training in alcohol abuse. Addiction, 88, 229-236.

Gorman, D.M. (1993). War on drugs continues in the United States under new leadership. British Medical Journal, 307, 369-371.

Gorman, D.M. (1993). A review of studies comparing check-list and interview methods of data collection in life event research. Behavioral Medicine, 19: 66-73.

Cartwright, A.K.J. and Gorman, D.M. (1993). Processes involved in changing the therapeutic attitudes of clinicians to working with drinking clients. Psychotherapy Research, 3, 95-104.

Gorman, D.M. (1992). Distinguishing primary and secondary disorders in studies of alcohol dependence and depression. Drug and Alcohol Review, 11, 23-30.

Gorman, D.M. (1992). Using theory and basic research to target primary prevention programs: recent developments and future prospects. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 27, 583-594.

Gorman, D.M. and Brown, G.W. (1992). Recent developments in life event research and their relevance for the study of addictions. British Journal of Addiction, 87, 837-849.

Tracy, J.I., Gorman, D.M. and Leventhal, E.A. (1992). Reports of physical symptoms and alcohol use: findings from a primary health care sample. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 27, 481-491.

Gorman, D.M. and Cartwright, A.K.J. (1991). Implications of using the composite and short versions of the Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Perception Questionnaire (AAPPQ). British Journal of Addiction, 86, 327-334.

Gorman, D.M. (1990). Data collection in studies of life events and the harmful use of alcohol: a review. Drug and Alcohol Review, 9, 65-72.

Gorman, D.M. and Peters, T.J. (1990). Types of life events and the onset of alcohol dependence. British Journal of Addiction, 85, 71-79.

Gorman, D.M., Werner, J.M., Jacobs, L.M. and Duffy, S.W. (1990). Evaluation of an alcohol education package for non-specialist health care and social workers. British Journal of Addiction, 85, 223-233.

Gorman, D.M. (1989). Is the "new" problem drinking concept of Heather and Robertson more useful in advancing our scientific knowledge than the "old" disease concept? British Journal of Addiction, 84, 843-845.

Gorman, D.M. (1989). Is "disease model" an appropriate term to describe the alcohol dependence syndrome? Alcohol and Alcoholism, 24, 509-512.

Gorman, D.M., Duffy, S.W., Raine, S. and Taylor, C.L. (1989). Level of agreement between questionnaire measures of alcohol dependence, alcoholism and problem drinking in a sample presenting at a specialist alcohol treatment service. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 24, 227-232.

Gorman, D.M. (1988). Employment, stressful life events and the development of alcohol dependence. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 22, 151-159.

Potamianos, G., Gorman, D.M., Duffy, S.W. and Peters, T.J. (1988). Alcohol consumption by patients attending outpatient clinics. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 34, 97-101.

Gorman, D.M. (1987). Measuring onset of "caseness" in studies of stressful life events and alcohol abuse. British Journal of Addiction, 82, 1017-1020.

Gorman, D.M., Potamianos, G., Williams, K.A., Frank, A.O., Duffy, S.W. and Peters, T.J. (1987). Relationship between alcohol abuse and low back pain. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 22, 61-63.

Potamianos, G., Gorman, D.M. and Peters, T.J. (1985). Attitudes and treatment expectancies of patients and general hospital staff in relation to alcoholism. British Journal of Medical Psychology, 58, 63-66.

Potamianos, G., Winter, D., Duffy, S.W., Gorman, D.M. and Peters, T.J. (1985). The perception of problem drinkers by general hospital staff, general practitioners and alcohol patients. Alcohol, 2, 563-566.

Potamianos, G., Gorman, D.M., Duffy, S.W. and Peters, T.J. (1984). The use of the Severity of Alcohol Dependence Questionnaire (SADQ) on a sample of problem drinkers presenting at a district general hospital. Alcohol, 1, 441-445.