Samantha Kempker-Margherio

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Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Child Study Center Affiliate
Office Address
Clinical Science Suite - Room 103
460 Turner Street NW
Suite 207
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Short Bio
Dr. Margherio's work focuses on intervention development and evaluation for adolescents with or at-risk of externalizing difficulties and substance use problems. She specifically focuses on identifying cost-effective intervention strategies with potent, durable effects and disseminating such strategies in accessible spaces for teens (e.g., schools). With this focus, she hopes to bring increasingly equitable mental health practices to underserved, rural Appalachian communities. Dr. Margherio is also passionate about mentoring, the science of mentoring, and using strategic mentoring to bring underrepresented, minoritized individuals into biomedical science fields.

Dr. Margherio will be accepting 1-2 graduate student(s) for the 2024-2025 academic year (application deadline: Dec. 1, 2023).
  • ADHD
  • Alcohol and Substance Use
  • Adolescence
  • School-Based Interventions
  • Social Skills
  • Emotion Regulation

Select Publications
  • Evans, S.W., DuPaul, G.J., Benson, K., Owens, J.S., Fu, Q., Cleminshaw, C., Kipperman, K. & Margherio, S. M. (2023). Social functioning outcomes of a high school based treatment program for adolescents with ADHD. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Advance online publication.
  • Margherio, S. M., Evans, S. W., Monopoli, W. J., & Langberg, J. M. (2021). Cost-effectiveness of a training intervention for adolescents with ADHD. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2021.1875323
  • Margherio, S. M., Capps, R. E., Monopoli, W. J., Evans, S.W., *Hernandez-Rodriguez, M., Owens, J. S., & DuPaul, G. J. (2021). Romantic relationships and sexual behavior among adolescents with ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders, 25, 1468-1477. doi: 10.1177/1087054720914371
  • Margherio, S. M. (2021). Ethical dilemmas related to the mentoring triad in psychology. Ethics & Behavior, 31, 102-118. doi: 10.1080/10508422.2019.1707677
  • Margherio, S. M., *Brickner, M. A., Evans, S. W., Owens, J. S., DuPaul, G. J., & Allan, N. P. (2020). The role of emotion regulation in alcohol use in adolescents with ADHD. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 34, 772–782. doi: 10.1037/adb0000582
  • PhD Ohio University (2023)
  • MA Sam Houston State University (2016)
  • BA Missouri University of Science & Technology (2014)