Colleen Corte, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Associate Professor
  • Department Head, HSS
  • Director of the PhD Program

The long-term goal of Dr. Corte’s program of research is to prevent the development of alcohol use disorders by inhibiting the formation of a ‘drinker identity’ in youth. A drinker identity has been shown to powerfully predict alcohol use and alcohol problems in both adolescents and young adults. Unfortunately, for many young people, defining oneself in terms of alcohol is also considered a positive and valued identity. In her research, she and her colleagues have found evidence of an emerging drinker identity in children as young as 9-12 years of age. They have focused on identifying modifiable precursors of the drinker identity in a variety of samples -- children, adolescents, young adults, and sexual minority (LGBT) young people. Because different precursors may be influential at different developmental stages and in different contexts, it is likely that interventions will need to be targeted to specific developmental stages and contexts.

Current Area of Teaching
  • NURS 571 Research Design
  • NURS 519 Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health
  • Supervision of PhD Dissertations
Service / Practice
  • 2010-present Associate Head, Department of Health Systems Science
  • 2014-2015 Associate Editor, J American Psychiatric Nurses Assoc
  • 2007-2015 Editorial Board, J American Psychiatric Nurses Assoc
Selected Honors & Awards
  • 2012-13 Fellow, Leadership for Academic Nursing Program, AACN
  • 2012 International Nurses Society on Addictions Award for Contribution to Addictions Nursing
  • 2012 Addictions & Substance Abuse Research Award, MNRS
  • 2009 Pinnacle Award for Exceptional Nurse Leaders, 12th Annual Power of Nursing Leadership, Chicago, IL
  • 2007 Outstanding Faculty Paper Award, MNRS/Western Journal of Nursing Research
  • 2004 Junior Investigator Award, Research Society on Alcoholism


Selected Publications

Jones, K., Zenk, SN, Corte, C., & McDonald, A. (2015). Experiences of African-American Women with Smartphone-Based Ecological Momentary Assessment. Public Health Nursing. [Epub ahead of print]

Jere, D., Norr, K., Bell, C., Corte, C., Dancy, B., Kaponda, C., & Levy, J. (2015). Substance use and risky sexual behaviors among young men working at a rural roadside market in Malawi. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2015.07.003. [Epub ahead of print]

Lee, C.K., Corte, C., Stein, K.F., Park, C.G., Finnegan, L.F., & McCreary, L. (2015). Prospective effects of possible selves on alcohol consumption in adolescents, 38(1), 71-81. . Research in Nursing & Health. 38(1), 71-81. doi: 10.1002/nur.21641

Lee, C.K., Corte, C., Stein, K.F., Finnegan, L.F., McCreary, L., & Park, C.G. (2015). Expected problem drinker possible self: Predictor of alcohol problems and tobacco use in adolescents. Substance Abuse, 36, 434-9. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2014.988323

Zenk S.N., Horoi I., McDonald A., Corte C., Riley B., & Odoms-Young A. (2014). Ecological momentary assessment of environmental and personal factors and snack food intake in African American women. Appetite, 83, 333-41.

Breitenbach, K, Epstein-Reeves, M., Hacker, E., Corte, C., & Piano, M. (2014). Alcohol use assessment in young adult cancer survivors. Oncology Nursing Forum, 41, 517-522.

Stein, K.F., Keller, C. & Corte, C. (2014). Creando Posibilidades: A cognitive model of risk behaviors in Mexican American women. Journal of Food and Nutritional Disorders.

Stein, K.F., Chen, D.C., Corte, C., Keller, C., & Trabold, N. (2013). Disordered eating behaviors in young adult Mexican American women: Prevalence and associations with health risks. Eating Behaviors,14, 476-483. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2013.08.001.

Boonpleng, W., Park, C.G., Gallo, A., Corte, C., McCreary, L., & Bergren, M. (2013). Ecological influences of early childhood obesity: a multilevel analysis. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 35, 742-759. doi:10.1177/0193945913480275.

Stein, K.F., Corte, C., Chen, D.G., Nuliyalu, U., & Wing, J. (2013). A randomized clinical trial of an identity intervention programme for women with eating disorders. European Eating Disorder Review, 21, 130-142. doi: 10.1002/erv.2195.

Corte, C. (2013). Addictions nursing research and scholarship. In D. Finnell and K. Allen (Eds.). Addictions Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. Silver Springs, MD, American Nurses Association and International Nurses Society on Addictions.

Rongmuang, D., Corte, C., McCreary, L., Park, C., Miller, A., & Gallo, A. (2011). Salience of physical appearance characteristics among young women in Thailand. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 8, 396-403. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2011.05004.

Rongmuang, D., McElmurry, B., McCreary, L., Park, C., Miller, A., & Corte, C. (2011). Regional differences in physical appearance identity among young adult women in Thailand. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 33,106-120. doi: 10.1177/193945910381762.

Corte, C., Rongmuang, D., & Stein, K. (2010). Nursing knowledge about alcohol use and alcohol problems in women: a review of the literature. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 16, 252-261. doi: 10.1177/1078390310378042.

Stein, K.F., Corte, C., & Ronis, D. (2010). Personal identities and disordered eating behaviors in women of Mexican origin. Eating Behaviors, 11(3), 197-200. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2010.02.001. PMCID: PMC313178.

Corte, C., & Szalacha, L. (2010). Self-cognitions, risk factors for alcohol problems, and drinking in preadolescent urban youths. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 19(5), 406-423.doi:10.1080/1067828X.2010.515882. PMCID: PMC2989632.

Corte, C., & Zucker, R.A. (2008). Impoverished self-concept: Cognitive vulnerability for early drinking and early drunkenness in adolescents at high risk for alcohol problems. Addictive Behaviors, 33, 1282-1290. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2008.06.002. PMCID: PMC2600771.  

Stein, K.F., & Corte, C. (2008). The identity impairment model:  A longitudinal study of self-schemas as predictors of disordered eating behaviors. Nursing Research, 57, 182-190. doi: 10.1097/01.NNR.0000319494.21628.08. PMCID: PMC3131796. 

Corte, C. (2007). Schema model of the self-concept to examine the role of the self-concept in alcohol dependence and recovery. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 13, 31-41.

Corte, C., & Becherer, M. (2007). Differential effects of maternal and paternal alcoholism and gender on drinking, alcohol-related self-cognition, and psychopathology. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 18, 175-185.

Corte, C., & Stein, K.F. (2007). Self-cognitions in antisocial alcohol dependence and recovery. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 29, 80-99.

Stein, K.F., & Corte, C. (2007).  Identity impairment and the eating disorders:  Content and organization of the self-concept in women with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. European Eating Disorders Review, 15, 58-69.

Corte, C., & Stein, K.F. (2005). Body-weight self-schema:  Determinant of mood and behavior in women with an eating disorder. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 35, 1698-1718.

Corte, C.M., & Sommers, M.S. (2005). Alcohol and risky behaviors. In J. Fitzpatrick, J. Stevenson, & M. Sommers (Eds.). Annual Review of Nursing Research: Vol. 23. Alcohol Use, Misuse, Abuse, and Dependence (pp. 327-360). New York, NY:  Springer Publishing Company. 

Nolen-Hoeksema, S., & Corte, C. (2004). Gender and self-regulation. In R. Baumeister, & K. Vohs (Eds.). Handbook of self-regulation research (pp. 411-421). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Stein, K.F., & Corte, C.  (2003). Reconceptualizing etiologic factors and intervention strategies in the eating disorders: A shift from body image to self-concept disturbances. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 17, 57-66. 

Stein, K.F., & Corte, C. (2003). Ecological momentary assessment of eating disorder behaviors. The International Journal of Eating Disorders, 34, 349-360.

Corte, C., & Stein, K.F. (2000). Eating disorders and substance use:  An examination of behavioral patterns.  Eating Behaviors, 1, 173-189. 

Current Research

Dr. Corte has most recently extended her research to focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people because of their higher prevalence of heavy drinking and alcohol problems. Preliminary findings suggest that sexual minority stress is associated with the drinker identity, but only for those who have early drinking onset (14 or younger). Similar to that of other studies, the drinker identity is associated with high levels of alcohol use.