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Research on Substance Abuse

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Drs. Rao and Wodarski have focused considerable attention on substance use disorders in adolescents and early adulthood, albeit from very different perspectives. Dr. Rao’s perspective begins with neurobiology as she studies the clinical course, ethnic influences and various predictors of substance use disorders. Dr. Wodarski’s perspective begins with clinical practice. His work focuses on new ways to improve substance abuse services and how to expand their availability.

Adinoff B, Leonard D, Price J, Javors MA, Walker R, Brown ES, Xiao H, and Rao U (2017). Adrenocortical sensitivity, moderated by ongoing stress, predicts drinking intensity in alcohol-dependent men. Psychoneuroendocrinology 76:67-76. PMID:27888772. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2016.10.011

Morris MC, Mielock AS, Rao U (2016). Salivary stress biomarkers of recent nicotine use and dependence. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 25:1-9. PMID:27463324. doi:10.1080/00952990.2016.1202263

Wodarski, J.S., & Curtis, S.V. (2015). E-Therapy for Substance Abuse and Co-Morbidity. New York: Springer.

Hopson, L., Wodarski, J. S., & Ning, T. (2015). The effectiveness of electronic approaches to substance abuse prevention for adolescents. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 12(3), 310-322.

Yang, H., Spence, J.S., Briggs, R.W., Rao, U., North, C., Devous, M.D., Xiao, H., & Adinoff, B. (2015).Interaction between early life stress and alcohol dependence on neural stress reactivity. Addiction Biology, 20(3), 523-33 doi: 10.1111/abd.12135.

Morris, M.C., Kouros, C.D., Hellman, N., Rao, U., & Garber, J. (2014). Two prospective studies of changes in stress generation across depressive episodes in adolescents and emerging adults. Special issue “Multilevel Developmental Approaches to Internalizing Psychopathology”. Development and Psychopathology. 26(4 Pt 2):1385-400. doi: 10.1017/S0954579414001096 PMCID: PMC4244661 [Available on 2015-11-01]

Eames, S.F., Businelle, M.S., Suris, A., Walker, R., Rao, U., North, C.S., Xiao, H., & Adinoff, B. (2014). Stress moderates the effect of childhood trauma and adversity on recent drinking in treatment-seeking adult alcohol-dependent men. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(3), 441-447. PMCID: PMC4059595.

Morris, M.C., & Rao, U. (2013). Psychobiology of PTSD in the acute aftermath of trauma: integrating research on coping, HPA function and sympathetic nervous system activity. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 6(1), 3-21. PMCID: PMC3565157.

Huang, H., Gundapuneedi, T., & Rao, U. (2012). White matter disruptions in adolescents exposed to childhood maltreatment and vulnerability to psychopathology. Neuropsychopharmacology, 37(12), 2693-2701. PMCID: PMC3473335.

Wodarski, J.S., MacMaster, S. & Miller, N.K. (2012). The use of computer technology to reduce and prevent college drinking. Journal of Social Work in Public Health, 27, 1-14.

Shad, M.U., Bidesi, A.S., Chen, L-A., Ernst, M., & Rao, U. (2011). Neurobiology of decision-making in depressed adolescents: an fMRI study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 50(6), 612-621. PMCID: PMC3105351.

Moon, S.S., & Rao, U. (2011). Social activity, school-related activity, and anti-substance use media messages on adolescent tobacco and alcohol use. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 21(5), 475-489. PMCID: PMC3145368.

Rao, U., Sidhartha, T., Harker, K.R., Chen, L-A., Bidesi, A.S., & Ernst, M. (2011). Relationship between adolescent risk preferences on a laboratory task and behavioral measures of risk-taking. Journal of Adolescent Health, 48(2), 151-158. PMCID: PMC3050646.

Schepis, T.S., Rao, U., Yadav, H., & Adinoff, B. (2011). The limbic-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the development of alcohol use disorders in youth. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 35(4), 595-605. PMCID: PMC3074933.

Meng, D., Wu, T.C., Rao, U., North, C.S., Xiao, H., Javors, M.A., & Adinoff, A. (2011). Serum NPY and BNDF response to a behavioral stressor in alcohol-dependent and healthy control participants. Psychopharmacology, 218(1), 59-67. PMID: 21796371.

Moon, S.S., Patton, J., & Rao, U. (2010). An ecological approach to understanding youth violence: The mediating role of substance use. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 20(7), 839-856. PMCID: PMC3057219.

Wodarski, J.S. (2010). Prevention of adolescent reoccurring violence and alcohol abuse: A multiple site evaluation. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 7, 280-301.

Eisinger, G.J., Wodarski, J.S., & Ferguson, D. (2009). Psychosocial correlates of methamphetamine use. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 19(7), 915-931.

Rao, U., Hammen, C.L., & Poland, R.E. (2009). Mechanisms underlying the comorbidity between depressive and addictive disorders in adolescents: interactions between stress and HPA activity. American Journal of Psychiatry, 166(3), 361-369. PMCID: PMC2770585.

Rao, U., Hammen, C.L., Poland, R.E. (2009). Ethnic differences in electroencephalographic sleep patterns in adolescents. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 2(1), 17-24. PMCID: PMC2786078.

Zheng, S., Rao, U., Bartolucci, A.A., & Singh, K.P. (2009). Random regression models based on the skew elliptically contoured distribution assumptions with applications to longitudinal data. Journal of Applied Probability and Statistics, 4(1), 21-32. PMCID: PMC3104683.

Rao, U., Hammen, C., London, E.D., & Poland, R.E. (2009). Contribution of HPA activity and environmental stress to vulnerability for smoking in adolescents. Neuropsychopharmacology, 34(13), 2721-2732. PMCID: PMC2784160.

Schepis, T.S., & Rao, U. (2009). Adolescence: the emergence of alcohol use and depressive disorders. In L. Sher (Ed.). Comorbidity of Depression and Alcohol Use Disorders (pp. 79-100). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Sidhartha, T., Poland, R.E., & Rao, U. (2009). Effects of smoking on hormones, brain and behavior. In D.W. Pfaff, A.P. Arnold, A.M. Etgen, S.E. Fahrbach, & R.T. Rubin (Eds.). Hormones, Brain and Behavior, 2nd Ed., Vol 5 (pp. 3337-3362). San Diego: Academic Press.

Rao, U., & Chen, L-A. (2008). Neurobiological and psychosocial processes associated with depressive and substance-related disorders in adolescents. Current Drug Abuse Reviews, 1(1), 68-80. PMID: 19630707.

Schepis, T.S., Adinoff, B., & Rao, U. (2008). Neurobiological processes in adolescent addictive disorders. The American Journal on Addictions, 17(1), 6-23. PMCID: PMC2274940.

Schepis, T.S., & Rao, U. (2008). Smoking cessation for adolescents: a review of pharmacological and psychosocial treatments. Current Drug Abuse Reviews, 1(2), 142-154. PMID: 19630713.

Wodarski, J.S., & Long, K. (2007). The prevention of college drinking through computer technology.Directions in Addiction Treatment & Prevention, Vol. 11, Special Report, 73-80.

Parris, H., & Wodarski, J.S. (2004). Using informational technology to reduce college drinking. In A. Roberts, & K. R. Yeager (Eds.), Evidence-based practice manual (pp. 456 – 460).New York: Oxford University Press.

Skiba, D., Monroe, J., & Wodarski, J.S. (2004). Adolescent substance use: Reviewing the effectiveness of prevention strategies. Social Work, 49(3), 343-353.

Sullivan, M., & Wodarski, J.S. (2004). Rating college student substance abuse: A literature review. Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 4(1), 71-91.

Lysaught, E., Wodarski, J.S., & Williams, M. (2003). Normative feedback: A means to reduce college drinking. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 8(4), 23-43.

Barthelemy, J., Dulmus, C., & Wodarski, J.S. (2002). Conduct disorder and substance abuse. In L. Rapp-Paglicci, A. Roberts, & J.S. Wodarski (Eds.), Handbook of violence (pp. 169-189). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Hilarski, C., & Wodarski, J.S. (2001). Comorbid substance abuse and mental illness: Diagnosis, treatment and policy. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 1(1), 105-119.

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