Liana Hone, MS, MPH, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Education & Behavior

  • BA in Physical Anthropology with a History Minor, University of California Santa Barbara (2009)
  • MS in Psychology, University of Miami (2012)
  • PhD in Psychology, University of Miami (2015)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychology of Alcohol Use and Dependence, University of Missouri (2015-2017)
  • NIH F32 & T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Alcohol Etiology and Treatment, University at Buffalo (2017-2020)
  • MPH with a Micro-Credential in Strategies for Eliminating Health Inequities, University at Buffalo (2020)

Contact Info

FLG 126
P.O. Box 118210
Gainesville, FL 32611-8210
(352) 294-1801 | 

Meet Dr. Liana Hone


Dr. Hone’s current research interests include characterizing the role of drinking venues in sexual aggression, specifically examining (1) how alcohol and cannabis use in high-risk drinking venues contribute to sexual aggression perpetration, as well as (2) which dispositional characteristics (e.g., sociosexuality—attitudes, behaviors, and desires related to casual sex) predispose certain individuals to frequent these venues, and (3) which contextual characteristics of these venues make them particularly risky. Her aim is to identify novel individual- and environmental-level targets for sexual aggression prevention. In service of this aim, Dr. Hone’s completed NIH-funded alcohol administration study was designed to test alcohol’s effects on antecedents of sexual aggression, and she is interested in improving the generalizability of these studies. Dr. Hone is also interested in the application of evolutionary theory to examining sex differences in binge drinking, alcohol-related cognitive deficits, and alcohol-related regretted sex, in line with NIH’s directive to consider sex as a biological variable. Dr. Hone’s other research interests span predictors of sexual morality and mHealth interventions for substance use and risky sexual behavior.

Before joining the University of Florida, Dr. Hone was a Research Assistant Professor of Psychology affiliated with the Research Institute on Addictions at the University at Buffalo, where she received her MPH with a focus on Strategies for Eliminating Health Inequities. Prior to joining RIA, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri – Columbia, affiliated with the Alcohol Health and Behavior Lab and the Social Cognitive and Addiction Neuroscience Lab. She received her MS and PhD with an Emphasis in Evolution and Human Behavior from the University of Miami’s Health Division of Psychology. She received her BA in Physical Anthropology from the University of California – Santa Barbara, where she worked at the Center of Evolutionary Psychology.