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Colleen Corte, PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor Emerita

Department of Population Health Nursing Science



845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612


The long-term goal of Dr. Corte’s program of research is to prevent the development of alcohol use disorders by inhibiting the formation of a ‘drinker identity’ in youth. A drinker identity has been shown to powerfully predict alcohol use and alcohol problems in both adolescents and young adults. Unfortunately, for many young people, defining oneself in terms of alcohol is also considered a positive and valued identity. In her research, she and her colleagues have found evidence of an emerging drinker identity in children as young as 9-12 years of age. They have focused on identifying modifiable precursors of the drinker identity in a variety of samples -- children, adolescents, young adults, and sexual minority (LGBT) young people. Because different precursors may be influential at different developmental stages and in different contexts, it is likely that interventions will need to be targeted to specific developmental stages and contexts.

Professional Leadership

Associate Editor, Substance Abuse journal

Board of Directors, International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing

Notable Honors

2016, Inducted as a Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

2016, Teaching Recognition Program Award, UIC Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

2017, Mentoring Award, UIC Graduate College

2018, Fellow, Institute of Medicine Chicago

2021, Distinguished Mentor of Faculty Award, UIC College of Nursing

2021, Betty Ford Award, American Multidisciplinary Education and Research for Substance Use and Addiction


Postdoctoral fellowship, University of Michigan, Dept. of Addiction Psychiatry, Ann Arbor, MI
PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
MS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
BSN, Madonna College, Livonia MI