Rebecca Evans-Polce, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 2247 NURS1

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 647-1595
Rebecca Evans-Polce is accepting new PhD students.


  • Substance use epidemiology
  • Substance use treatment
  • Health disparities
  • Health across the life course

Rebecca Evans-Polce has a doctorate in public health and expertise in substance use epidemiology, disparities in substance use, analysis of large national datasets, and multiple innovative methodologies. She investigates the complexity and nuances of substance use etiology, treatment and recovery at different ages and for individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, gender and sexual identities.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Society for Research on Adolescence, 2015-present
  • Member, American Public Health Association, 2011-present
  • Member, Society for Prevention Research, 2010-present
  • Member-in-training, College of Problems on Drug Dependence, 2009-present


  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, 2012
  • BS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2006

Publication Highlights

  • Schuler, M. S., Rice, C. E., Evans-Polce, R. J., & Collins, R. (2018). Disparities in substance use behaviors and disorders among adult sexual minorities by age, gender, and sexual identity. Drug and Alcohol Dependence,189(1),139-146.

  • Evans-Polce, R. J., Schuler, M. S., Schulenberg, J. E., & Patrick, M. E. (2018). Gender- and age-varying associations of sensation seeking and substance use across young adulthood. Addictive Behaviors, 84, 271-277. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.05.003

  • Evans-Polce, R. J., Patrick, M. E., Lanza, S. T., Miech, R. M., O’Malley, P. M., & Johnston, L. (2018). Reasons for vaping among U.S. 12th graders: A latent class analysis. Journal of Adolescent Health, 62(4), 457-462. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.10.009. PMCID: PMC5866738

  • Vasilenko, S. A., Evans-Polce, R. J., & Lanza, S. T. (2017). Age trends in rates of substance use disorders across ages 18-90: Differences by gender and race/ethnicity. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 180(1), 260-264. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.08.027. PMCID: PMC5757874

  • Evans-Polce, R. J., Patrick, M. E., & O'Malley, P. M. (2017). Prospective associations of 12th grade drinking intensity and age 19/20 driving-related consequences in a national sample. Journal of Adolescent Health, 61(3), 389-391. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.04.016. PMCID: PMC5600484

  • Evans-Polce, R.J., Maggs, J.L., Staff, J., & Lanza, S. T. (2017). The age-varying association of student status with excessive alcohol use: Ages 18 to 30 years. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 41(2), 407-413. doi: 10.1111/acer.13294. PMCID: PMC527278

  • Patrick, M. E., Evans-Polce, R. J., Kloska, D. D., Maggs, J. L., & Lanza, S. T. (2017). Age-related changes in associations between reasons for alcohol use and high-intensity drinking across young adulthood. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78(4), 558-570. doi: 10.15288/jsad.2017.78.558. PMCID: PMC5551660

  • Evans-Polce, R. J. & Schuler, M. S. (2016). Rates of past-year alcohol treatment across two-time metrics and differences by alcohol use disorder severity and mental health comorbidities. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 166, 194-201. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.07.010. PMCID: PMC4991640

  •  Evans-Polce, R. J., Staff, J., & Maggs, J. L. (2016). Alcohol abstention in early adulthood and premature mortality: Do early life factors, social support, and health explain this association? Social Science & Medicine, 163, 71-79. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.06.052. PMCID: PMC4970918

  • R. J., Lanza, S. T., & Maggs, J. L. (2015). Heterogeneity of alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use behaviors in U.S. college students: A latent class analysis. Addictive Behaviors, 53, 80-85. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.10.010. PMCID: PMC4712642

  • R. J., Castaldelli-Maia, J. M., Schomerus, G., & Evans-Lacko, S. E. (2015). The downside of tobacco control? Smoking self-stigma: a systematic review. Social Science & Medicine, 145, 26-34. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.09.026 PMCID: PMC4630105

  • Evans-Polce, R. J., Vasilenko, S. A., & Lanza, S. T. (2015). Changes in gender and racial/ethnic disparities in rates of cigarette use, regular heavy episodic drinking, and marijuana use: Ages 14to 32. Addictive Behaviors, 41, 218-222. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.10.029. PMCID: PMC4314406

  • R. J., Doherty, E. E., & Ensminger, M. E. (2014). Taking a life course approach to studying substance use treatment among a community cohort of African American substance users. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 142, 216-223. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.06.025. PMCID: PMC4127101

  • Patrick, M. E., Evans-Polce, R. J., & Maggs, J. L. (2014). Alcohol mixed with energy drinks as a predictor of alcohol-related consequences up to two years later. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75(5), 753-757. doi: 10.15288/jsad.2014.75.753. PMCID: PMC4161695

  • Evans-Polce, R., Hulbert, A., & Latkin, C. (2012). The association of multiple neighborhood perceptions with depression among a highly impoverished urban sample. Journal of Community Psychology, 41(1), 52-64. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21510. PMCID: PMC4219739

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