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Audobon Hall viewed through live oak treeThe Anxiety and Addictive Behaviors Research Laboratory is a clinical research laboratory within the Department of Psychology at LSU.

Our primary aim is to understand the factors involved in the development and maintenance of anxiety disorders and substance use disorders, and to use this knowledge to improve the evidence-based assessment and treatment of these disorders. In addition to conducting this research, we also provide evidence-based clinical services through the Anxiety & Addictive Behaviors Clinic.

In the News:

Dr. Julie Buckner was awarded a 2020 LSU Distinguished Faculty Award! This award recognizes faculty members with sustained records of excellence in teaching, research, and/or service.

Dr. Buckner was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration's Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program, Inter-professional Training in Integrated Behavioral Health Services with Underserved Populations in High-Need Medical Setting. A primary focus of this grant is to prepare doctoral-level psychologists to provide mental and behavioral health care, especially treatment for opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders and related conditions. Another focus is to provide treatment for these conditions at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge.

A recent graduate from our lab, Dr. Anthony Ecker, was recently interviewed by the American Psychological Association about his research! Hear/read the interview here.

AABC director Dr. Julia Buckner's research was featured in Newsweek. Read the Newsweek article.

Dr. Buckner's research on the impact of co-occurring social anxiety among those with cannabis use disorders is being feature in NIDA Notes, a publication of the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Read the NIDA article.

Graduate Student News:

Katherine Walukevich-Dienst, a Clinical Psychology student in our laboratory, has been awarded a 2020 American Psychological Association (APA) Dissertation Research Award. The title of her project is: Development and psychometric properties of the cannabidiol effect expectancies questionnaire (CBD-EEQ).

Congratulations to Mara Lewis, who was awarded a Graduate Student Strategic Research Grant (GR-SRG) from the LSU Psychology Department to fund her research, A Novel Online Personalized Feedback Intervention to Reduce Alcohol Use and Negative Affect.

Congratulations to Katherine Walukevich-Dienst, who was awarded a Graduate Student Strategic Research Grant (GR-SRG) from the LSU Psychology Department to fund her research, Development and Psychometric Properties of the Cannabidiol Effect Expectancies Questionnaire (CBD-EEQ).

Undergraduate Student News:

Congratulations to our undergraduate research assistant, Shayon Tayebi, whose poster, The Impact of Mindfulness Training on Post-Event Processing among Individuals with Clinically Elevated Social Anxiety, was presented at the 8th annual LSU Discover Day Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium! 

Congratulations to our undergraduate research assistant, Abby Brien, who was awarded $1,000 from LSU's Aspiring Scholars program in REsearch (ASPIRE) Undergraduate Research Experience Summer 2021!

Congratulations to undergraduate research assistant, Maria Velasquez, whose poster, Difficulties with Emotion Regulation and Drinking during the COVID-19 Pandemic among Undergraduates: The Serial Mediation of COVID-Related Distress and Drinking to Cope with the Pandemic, was presented the annual conference of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America in March 2021!

Congratulations to our undergraduate research assistant, Maria Velasquez, who received $1,000 from the Aspiring Scholars Program in REsearch (ASPIRE) Undergraduate Research Experience in LSU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences!

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