School of Psychology

Dr. Susan Kenford

Director of Clinical Training, Associate Professor, School of Psychology

Dr. Kenford earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She subsequently completed her clinical training at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Ohio. Dr. Kenford’s  research interests center on addictive disorders broadly defined, with particular interests in nicotine and substance use/ abuse in the college population. Dr. Kenford has held the role of Director of Clinical Training for the Xavier Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program since 2016.  In her free time, Dr. Kenford is an avid cyclist and enjoys all things outdoors.


Courses Dr. Kenford regularly teaches:

  • Psyc 375 Drugs in Society
  • Psyc 806 Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • Psyc 850 Clinical Practicum V
  • Psyc 851 Clinical Practicum VI


Most of Dr. Kenford’s scholarship is focused on leading a research team of graduate and undergraduate students and mentoring both professional presentations and doctoral dissertations.

Respresentative Recent Presentations

Vincent, A., Wenger, K., Koeller, L. & Kenford, S.L. (2021; Nov 17 -20).  An investigation of alcohol and substance use patterning during the COVID19 pandemic.  [Poster presentation]. Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 55th Annual Convention, Virtual Convention.

Crowder, M., Schuler, C.B., Duncan, A.B. & Kenford, S.L. (2020, November 17-22). College students perceptions of a light and heavy drinking woman on Instagram. [Poster Presentation]. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 54th Annual Convention, Virtual Convention.

May, P.,  Miller-Eshleman, S.R., Wenger, K., Keller, M., Vincent, A., & Kenford, S.L.  (2019, November 21–24). An Examination of the effect of alcohol-related media content on positive affect. [Poster Presentation]. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 53rd Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, United States.

Wineland, C. & Kenford, S.L. (2019, August). An exploration of hookup culture, alcohol   use, and sexual health among college students. Poster presented at the 127th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Representative Recent Dissertations

Wenger, K. (July 2022). An examination of drunkorexia and its correlates.

Bodkin, L. (Jully, 2021). Outcome expectancies and high and low levels of expected alcohol intoxication.

Schuler, C. (April, 2021). Peer evaluations of college women’s heavy drinking as portrayed on Instagram.

Kemp, K. (August, 2020). An exploratory study of biopsychosocial factors related to chronic pain treatment selection.

Olaiya, E.F. (April, 2019). The impact of inpatient treatment on implicit opioid-related cognitions. 

Morger, J. (March, 2018). An exploration of smoking abstinence expectancies among individuals in substance abuse treatment.


Assessment and Adult Therapy

Professional Interests

Area of interest: Addiction, smoking cessation, affectie and behavioral regulation, post-traumatic stress disorder


  • Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin)