Elizabeth McDade-Montez, PhD

Elizabeth McDade-Montez, PhD

Senior Research Associate I


831-438-4060, x194


Elizabeth McDade-Montez joined ETR in 2014. Prior to coming to ETR, she was a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Merced. She received her PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Iowa, completed her pre-doctoral internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, and received her BA in Psychology and Feminist Studies from Stanford University. Dr. McDade-Montez’s research interests include adolescent sexual and reproductive health, the influence of media and media literacy on adolescent health and well-being, psychological health among medical patients, and assessment and scale construction.

Current Projects

  • Inaccuracies in self-report measures of adolescent risk-taking behaviors
  • Evaluation of It’s Your Game, Keep It Real, South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
  • Georgia State University and SFUSD Group Mentoring Evaluation
  • SFUSD School Health Programs Department Evaluation Project
  • Replicating Effective Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs-It’s Your Game Evaluation, University of Texas
  • Relationships, Sexual Norms, and HIV Prevention Among African-American Youth


McDade-Montez, E.A., Wallander, J., Cameron, L. (In Preparation). Sexualization in Latina and White girls’ preferred children’s television shows: A content analysis.

McDade-Montez, E.A., Wallander, J., Cuccaro, P., Tortolero, S., Grunbaum, J.A., Schuster, M., et al. (2014). TV viewing, involvement, parental mediation, and mental well-being among African American, Latino, and Caucasian children. Journal of Early Adolescence, April 30.

Watson, D., Beer, A., & McDade-Montez, E. (2014). The role of active assortment in spousal similarity. Journal of Personality, 82, 116-129.  DOI: 10.1111/jopy.12039

Carlson, E.B., McDade-Montez, E., Dalenberg, C.J., Armstrong, J., & Lowewenstein, R.J. (2014). Development and initial validation of the Structured Interview for Self-Destructive Behavior. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 14, 312-327. doi: 10.1080/15299732.2012.762822

Beer, A., Watson, D., & McDade-Montez, E. (2013). Self-other agreement and assumed similarity in neuroticism, extraversion, and trait affect: Content, form, and beyond. Assessment, 20, 723-737.

Etter, D., Gauthier, J. R., McDade-Montez, E., Cloitre, M., & Carlson, E. B. (2013). Positive affect, childhood adversity, and psychopathology in psychiatric inpatients. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/ejpt.v4i0.20771

McDade-Montez, E.A., Watson, D., & Beer, A. (2013). Agreement, accuracy and assumed similarity in proxy end-of-life decision making. Families, Systems, and Health, 31, 366-381.

Carlson, E.B., Dalenberg, C., & McDade-Montez, E. (2012). Dissociation in posttraumatic stress disorder part I: Definitions and review of research. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, 4(5), 479-489.

McDade-Montez, E.A., & Watson, D. (2011). Examining the potential influence of diabetes on depression and anxiety symptoms via multiple sample confirmatory factor analyses. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 42, 341-351.

Richards, T., Garvert, D.W., McDade-Montez, E.A., Carlson, E., & Curtin, C. (2011). Chronic psychological and functional sequelae after emergent hand surgery. The Journal of Hand Surgery, 36A, 1663-1668.

Dindo, L., McDade-Montez, E.A., Sharma, L., Watson, D., & Clark, L.A. (2009). Development and initial validation of the Disinhibition Inventory (DIS-I): A multifaceted measure of disinhibition. Assessment, 16, 274-291.

McDade-Montez, E.A., Watson, D., O’Hara, M.W., & Denburg, N.L. (2008). The effect of symptom visibility on informant reporting. Psychology and Aging, 4, 940-946.

Watson, D., O'Hara, M.W., Chmielewski, M.S., McDade-Montez, E.A., Koffel, E.A., Naragon, K.E., Stuart, S. (2008). Further validation of the IDAS: Evidence of convergent, discriminant, criterion, and incremental validity. Psychological Assessment, 20, 248-259.

Humrichouse, J., Chmielewski, M., McDade-Montez, E. A., Watson, D. B. (2007). Affect assessment through self-report methods. In Emotion and Psychopathology: Bridging Affective and Clinical Science (Eds.) Rottenberg & Johnson. APA Press. Washington D.C.

Watson, D., O’Hara, M. W., Simms, L. J., Kotov, R., Chmielewski, M., McDade-Montez, E. A., et al. (2007). Development and validation of the Inventory of Depression and Anxiety Symptoms. Psychological Assessment, 19, 253-268.

McDade-Montez, E. A., Christensen, A. J., Cvengros, J. A., & Lawton, W. J. (2006). The role of depressive symptoms in dialysis withdrawal. Health Psychology, 25, 198-204.

McDade-Montez, E. A., Cvengros, J. A., & Christensen, A. J. (2005). Personality and Individual Differences. In The ABC of Behaviour Change (Eds.) Kerr, Weitkunat, & Moretti. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone. New York.

McDade-Montez, E. A. (2004) The biomedical model. In Encyclopedia of Health Psychology (Eds.) Christensen, Martin, & Smyth. Kluwer Academic/ Plenum Publishers. New York.