Danny Rahal

Doctoral Student, Department of Biobehavioral Health, The Pennsylvania State University


Danny Rahal is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) program working with Dr. Gregory Fosco and Dr. Stephanie Lanza. He completed his doctorate in developmental psychology under the mentorship of Drs. Theodore Robles and Andrew Fulifni, and his dissertation assessed associations between stress reactivity and substance use among adolescents, as part of a collaboration with Dr. Julianna Deardorff. His research is focused on understanding how daily affective experiences and stress responses impact adolescent mental health and substance use. He is interested in identifying how these daily experiences differ by socioeconomic status and contribute to status-based disparities in health as they manifest across adolescence and the transition to adulthood. As a PAMT postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Rahal aims to employ intensive longitudinal data to identify predictors of initiation of substance use in early adolescence and daily substance use among college students.