Lab News

2022

Congratulations to Caroline Scherzer, who was awarded a $1,000 Graduate Student Strategic Research Grant (GR-SRG) from the LSU Psychology Department to fund her research project, The impact of social stress and alcohol intoxification on implicit views of the self in college students with heavy episodic drinking.

Congratulations to our undergraduate research assistant, Evan Threeton, who was awarded $1,000 from LSU's Aspiring Scholars program in REsearch (ASPIRE) Undergraduate Research Experience Summer 2022!

Dr. Julie Buckner was awarded an LSU Rainmaker Mid-Career Scholar Award! This award recognizes faculty members with established track records in securing external research funding and publishing in high-impact journals.

2021

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

Congratulations to Paige Morris, who was awarded a Graduate Student Strategic Research Grant (GR-SRG) from the LSU Psychology Department to fund her thesis project, Cannabis Use Across The Menstrual Cycle: The Impact Of Negative Affect And Coping Motives.

Congratulations to lab alum, Dr. Katherine Walukevich-Dienst, on her National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Grant F32AA029589 (PI: Walukevich-Dienst), which focuses on the role of affect and novel measures of affective dynamics in high-risk substance use behaviors! 

At their annual meeting in June, the Louisiana Psychological Association named lab alum Dr. Sonia Shah Blauvelt as the 2021 recipient of the award for Psychology in the Public Interest! Congratulations! 

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!

2020

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).

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.

Congratulations to Dr. Tony Ecker on being awarded an Outstanding Faculty Award from the Baylor College of Medicine Clinical Psychology Internship Program! Dr. Ecker an Assistant Professor in Baylor College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and a researcher at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.

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!

Congratulations to our undergraduate research assistant, Shayon Tayebi, who received a $1,500 LSU Discover Travel Award!

Congratulations to our undergraduate research assistant, Jackson Green, who received an LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher award!

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

2019

Dr. Buckner was awarded a $865,817 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.

Congratulations to Dr. Buckner for receiving the G. Alan Marlatt Mid-Career Research Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Addictive Behaviors Special Interest Group!

Congratulations to Katherine Walukevich-Dienst, who was awarded a $1000 Graduate Student Strategic Research Grant (GR-SRG) from the LSU Psychology Department to fund her research!

Congratulations to graduate student Mara Lewis on receiving an LSU Department of Psychology Graduate Student Strategic Research Grant (GR-SRG) to fund her thesis project, The Impact of Mindfulness Training on Post-Event Processing in Social Anxiety: A Multi-Method Investigation!  

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

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

2018

Graduate student Kimberlye Dean was awarded a Graduate Student Strategic Research Grant to help fund her dissertation study, The Impact of Experimentally-Induced Perceived Discrimination on Substance Use and Related Problems. Congratulations! 

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

Congratulations to our undergraduate research assistant, Dylan Twitty, for her work in the Pre-Doctoral Scholar’s Institute (PDSI) program ($1,500)!

2017

Dr. Buckner serves as statistical and EMA consultant on a R03 grant ($146,440) from NIDA awarded to Dr. Ty Schepis to fund his project, Ecological Momentary Assessment of Mechanisms related to College Student Prescription Stimulant Misuse

Dr. Buckner received an LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences Manship Summer Research Award to fund her project, Web-Based Personalized Feedback Intervention for Cannabis Use

Congratulations to our undergraduate research assistant, Marcos Gallegos, for his work in the Pre-Doctoral Scholar’s Institute (PDSI) program ($1,500)!

2016

Congratulations to Emily Jeffries, who was awarded a Graduate Student Strategic Research Grant (GR-SRG) from the LSU Psychology Department to fund her dissertation project, Hatha Yoga as an Aid to Smoking Cessation for Smokers with Anxiety and/or Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Congratulations to graduate student Tony Ecker for being named Student of the Month (June), Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Addictive Behaviors Special Interest Group!

Congratulations to our undergraduate research assistant, Ashlyn Richards, for her work in the Pre-Doctoral Scholar’s Institute (PDSI) program ($1,500)!

2015

Congratulations to Kimberlye Dean, who was awarded a Graduate Student Strategic Research Grant (GR-SRG) from the LSU Psychology Department to fund her thesis project, The Impact of a Transdiagnostic Risk Factor on Willingness to Seek Treatment amongst Black Students! 

2014

Congratulations to graduate student Tony Ecker for receiving the 2014 Best Student Poster Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Addictive Behaviors Special Interest Group. 

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

2013

Congratulations to Dr. Buckner for receiving the Rainmaker Emerging Scholar Award for Research and Creative Activity in the Arts, Humanities, and Social or Behavioral Sciences from the LSU Office of Research and Economic Development!

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.

2012

Dr. Buckner received an R34 (R34DA031937) grant from NIDA to fund her research project, Integrated CBT for Cannabis Dependence with Co-occurring Anxiety Disorders ($624,159)

Dr. Buckner serves as consultant on an R34 (R34DA031313) grant from NIDA awarded to Drs. Peter Norton and Michael Zvolensky to fund, Augmenting Smoking Cessation with Transdiagnostic CBT for Smokers with Anxiety Disorders ($675,750)

Congratulations to Dr. Buckner for receiving the Early Career Award, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Addictive Behaviors Special Interest Group!

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

2011

Dr. Buckner received an R21 (R21DA029811) grant from NIDA to fund her research project, Multi-method Assessment of Affective and Situational Antecedents of Marijuana Use ($359,716)