Our amazing team is committed to understanding the etiology of behavioral health conditions, to developing interventions to prevent the development of behavioral health conditions, and to evaluating novel implementation strategies to improve the healthcare system. We love what we do, and we do it with passion.

Margo Hurlocker, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Margo Hurlocker is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. She received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in mechanisms of behavior change in substance use treatment research at the Center on Alcohol, Substance use And Addictions (CASAA). She has an active program of clinical research on brief interventions for young adult populations and is particularly interested in the development and implementation of prevention interventions targeting young adult drinkers with co-occurring mood and anxiety issues. Her second line of research examines implementation strategies using mixed method designs to improve the healthcare delivery system. Dr. Hurlocker has 34 peer-reviewed publications and her research is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. 

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Hannah Carlon, B.S.

Graduate Research Assistant

Hannah Carlon graduated from Suffolk University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After graduating, she worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Recovery Research Institute (RRI) at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a multidisciplinary addiction recovery research lab. While at the RRI, she studied the application of positive psychology and mobile health practices to smoking cessation/substance use disorder treatment. She also studied the effectiveness of mutual help organizations for individuals in early recovery from alcohol use disorders using longitudinal study designs.

Hannah entered the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of New Mexico in 2020. Her primary research interests include leveraging positive psychology, mindfulness, and digital health techniques for addiction treatment. She is also interested in examining racial and ethnic health disparities, gender differences, and disorders that are comorbid (e.g., chronic pain, eating disorders) with addiction.

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  • I’ve competed in an international figure skating competition!

Melissa Hatch, B.A.

Graduate Research Assistant

Melissa Hatch is a first-year doctoral student who holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Southern California, where she completed her honors thesis examining moderators of a brief intervention for at-risk college student drinkers. Prior to coming to the University of New Mexico, she worked as a Research Assistant at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD), where she conducted both qualitative and quantitative research with substance use disorder treatment organizations and researched the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of integrated care. She then transitioned to a role as a Senior Research Assistant in the School of Public Health at Brown University, where she studied novel brief interventions to reduce alcohol-related consequences among young adults. Melissa’s current research interests include the development and implementation of interventions for substance use disorders and improving the integration and implementation of behavioral health treatment in primary care settings.


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