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  • Laura Whiteley, MD

  • Laura Whiteley, MD

    • Staff Psychiatrist at Rhode Island Hospital in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Background Information

    Laura Whiteley, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who specializes in adolescent mood disorders, high risk behavior, and the utilization of newer technology for health and behavior change. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at Butler Hospital and completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship and a T32 NIMH research fellowship at Bradley Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital . She is a clinical supervisor for residents and fellows in psychiatry.

    Whiteley is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her medical degree from Temple University.

    Research Interests

    Whiteley's interests include adolescent sexual risk behavior, HIV prevention, and the utilization of the Internet for behavior change. In particular, she has an interest in the effectiveness of  online games and communities in enhancing healthy decision making for adolescents.

    Her current research goal is to examine an Internet-based intervention for teens at risk for HIV and sexually transmitted infections. She is applying for funding by the National Institute of Mental Health to develop an Internet intervention among African-American adolescents.

    Selected Publications

    • Brown, L.K., Hadley, W., Stewart, A., Lescano, C., Whiteley L, Donenberg, G, DiClemente R.J.P., & Project STYLE Study Group. (2010). Psychiatric disorders and sexual risk among adolescents in mental health treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78(4), 590-597.
    • Brown, L.K., Whiteley, L. (2010). HIV/AIDS Among Youth. In American Psychiatric Association Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dulcan, M., ed., American Psychiatric Publishing Inc., Arlington, VA. 495-508.
    • Whiteley L., & Brown, L.K. (2010). Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 6 (4), 269-279.
    • Whiteley L., Brown L.K., Swenson, R. Romer, D., R.J.P., DiClemente, Salazar L.F., Vanable, P.A., Carey, M.P., & Valois, R.F. (2011). Associations with HIV/STI risk behavior and psychosocial variables. Ethnicity and Disease, 22 (spring issue), 216-222.
    • Brown, L.K., Nugent, N.R., Houck, C., Lescano, C. Whiteley.L., Viau, L. Zlotnick, C. (2011). Safe Thinking and Affect Regulation (STAR): HIV Prevention in Alternative/Therapeutic Schools. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in press
    • Whiteley, L., Brown L.K., Swenson, R., DiClemente, R.J.P., Salazar, L.F., Vanable, P.A., Carey, M.P., Valois, R.F., & Romer, D. (2011). African Americans meeting sex partners online. Journal of Primary Prevention, submitted.

    For More Information


    LPhilip, N., Carpenter, L., Tyrka, A., Whiteley, L., & Price, L. (2009). Varenicline augmentation in depressed smokers: An 8-week, open-label study. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, epub, March 24,e1-e6.

    Price, L., & Whiteley, L. Effective pharmacotherapy for OCD in adults. US Psychiatry Review 2010, in press.

    Whiteley L, Brown L.K., Swenson, R. Romer, D., R.J.P., DiClemente, Salazar L.F., Vanable, P.A., Carey, M.P., & Valois, R.F. (2011). Cell phone and Internet use among African American adolescents: Associations with psychosocial factors. Ethnicity and Disease, in press.