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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.

Our research on the use of marijuana as a false safety behavior was featured on Anxiety.org. Read the article.

Other AABC research was featured on Anxiety.org. Read the article here.

Members from our team of researchers were featured in the December issue of The Psychology Times. Read the Psychology Times article.

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:

Congratulations to Cristina Abarno, who was awarded a Graduate Student Strategic Research Grant (GR-SRG) from the LSU Psychology Department to fund her research, A Personalized Feedback Intervention Targeting Negative Affect and COVID-19 Related Distress Among Cannabis Users.

Congratulations to Katherine Walukevich-Dienst, who will attend her predoctoral internship at the University of Washington-Psychiatry in Seattle, WA!

Congratulations to Kimberlye Dean, who will attend her postdoctoral fellowship at the Community Psychiatry Program for Research in Implementation and Dissemination of Evidence-Based Treatments (PRIDE) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)!

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 undergraduate research assistant, Shayon Tayebi, who was awarded an LSU Discover Travel Award to present his research at the annual convention of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies that will be held virtually in November!

Congratulations to our undergraduate research assistant, Maria Velasquez, who was accepted to the Aspiring Scholars Program in REsearch (ASPIRE) Undergraduate Research Experience in LSU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences! This award will support Maria's submission to present research at a national conference this Spring, up to $1,000!

Congratulations to undergraduate research assistant Jackson Green who was awarded the Summer 2020 LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher award! This designation recognizes the achievements of outstanding undergraduates who participate in a track of educational and research activities leading to a final and public presentation or publication of a faculty-mentored undergraduate scholarly project. An LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher is a student who has demonstrated outstanding ability as an advanced student researcher in their discipline.

Congratulations to Dylanne Twitty, who will attend the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Cincinnati!

Congratulations to our undergraduate research assistant, Alexandra Drago, who was awarded $1,000 from LSU's Aspiring Scholars program in REsearch (ASPIRE) Undergraduate Research Experience Summer 2020!