Contact Information

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666

Phone: 512-245-2526


Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2015


Natalie A. Ceballos, Ph.D.

Karina Gattamorta, PhD, EdS


Ph.D.  University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
B. A.   Southwestern Oklahoma State University
B. S.   Southwestern Oklahoma State University

About Me

Dr. Natalie Ceballos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Texas State University. She earned a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2003 through an Individual Research Service Award from NIDA. She then completed an NIAAA postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Connecticut Health Center. As a faculty member, her work has been funded by grants from NIAAA, INIA-Stress, and Humanities Texas.

Research Statement

Dr. Ceballos’ research is focused on disentangling the contributions of common factors that may accompany or predate the development of addictive behaviors, broadly defined. Much of her work has examined neurophysiological indices of addiction-related cue reactivity in college drinkers, as well as the influence of factors such as stress and acculturation on attentional bias to alcohol and other drugs. To this end, she employs a variety of neurophysiological tools, including event-related encephalographic potentials (ERPs), eye-tracking/ocular imaging, and salivary indicators of stress and health (e.g., cortisol, DHEAS and IgA). She recently completed a collaborative, NIH-funded, cross-cultural study of factors affecting alcohol-related cue-reactivity among first-generation female college students during the freshman year.

Curriculum Vitae

Representative Publications:

Bauer, L.O., Ceballos, N.A. (2014). Neural and genetic correlates of binge drinking among college women. Biological Psychology, 97, 43-48.

Ceballos, N.A., Czyzewska, M., Croyle, K. (2012). College drinking among Latinos(as) in the United States and Mexico. The American Journal on Addictions, 21, 544-549.

Ceballos, N.A., Giuliano, R.J., Wicha, N.Y.Y., Graham, R. (2012). Acute stress and event-related potential correlates of attention to alcohol images in social drinkers. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73, 761-771.

Ceballos, N.A., Komogortsev, O.V., Turner, G.M. (2009).  Ocular imaging of attentional bias among college students: automatic and controlled processing of alcohol-related scenes.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 70, 652-659.