Neo Gebru

Neo Gebru


  • AA in Psychology, Montgomery College - 2011
  • BA in Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park - 2013
  • MPS in Clinical Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park - 2015
  • MS in Health Education & Behavior, University of Florida - 2020

Research Interests:

  • Exploring key risk factors that underlie health-related decision-making and risky behaviors, specifically unhealthy alcohol use and sexual risk-taking
  • Applying behavioral economic concepts to better understand risky health behaviors and substance use among adolescents and young adults in different contexts. 


  • Leeman, R. F., Rowland, B. H. P., Gebru, N. M., Potenza, M. (2018). Relationships among impulsive, addictive and sexual tendencies and behaviours: A systematic review of experimental and prospective studies in humans. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.
  • Algarin, A. B., Zhou, Z., Canidate, S., Gebru, N.M., Krieger, J. K., Neil, J. M., Huber, K., Cook, R. L., Ibanez, G. E. (2020). PrEP awareness among people living with HIV in Florida: Florida cohort study. AIDS Care.
  • Flood-Grady, E., Hough, D., Damiani, R.E., Gebru, N.M., Fedele, D.A., Leeman, R.F., & Krieger, J.L. (2020). Communication strategies for designing Facebook advertising campaigns to recruit rural participants to develop healthcare interventions. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. 1-10. DOI:10.1017/cts.2020.5
  • James, T. G., Gebru, N. M., Ryan, S. J., Cheong, J. (2020). Measuring dimensions of HIV-related stigma among college students. Stigma and Health. DOI: 10.1037/sah0000266.

Awards and Honors (selected):

  • NIH/NIAAA F31 fellow (2020 – 2022)
  • NIH/NIAAA T32 trainee (2020 – 2022)
  • NIH/NCATS TL1 fellow (2018 – 2020)
  • CA Boyd Scholarship, University of Florida (2021)
  • Allen/Holyoak/Varnes Scholarship, University of Florida (2020)
  • Wellspring Foundation Award, for outstanding contributions towards fostering diversity and inclusion, University of Florida (2020)
  • Valera Jackson-Gissen Scholarship, University of Florida (2019)
  • Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), student merit award (2019)
  • Collaborative Perspectives on Addictions (CPA), best research poster (2019)

Favorite thing about HEB and/or UF:

  • The people