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Susan Luczak

Associate Professor (Research) of Psychology

Contact Information
E-mail: luczak@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-2203
Office: SGM 501

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Biographical Sketch

Susan E. Luczak received her Sc.B. in Psychology from Brown University in 1993 and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from USC in 1997 and 2000. Her research examines etiological factors in the development of alcohol problems and methodological issues in alcohol research. She is currently investigating genetic, biological, cultural, and psychosocial factors that relate to alcohol use in various ethnic groups, including individuals of African, Asian, Indian, and Caucasian descent. She has two projects funded by NIAAA to examine childhood precursors to alcohol involvement on the island of Mauritius, and to use real-time assessment techniques to examine naturalistic drinking patterns across individuals with variations in alcohol metabolizing genes.
 

Education

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Southern California, 8/2000
M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of Southern California, 8/1997
B.S. Psychology, Brown University, 5/1993
 

Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego, 2000-2001   
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Associate Research Professor, University of Southern California, 02/01/2009-  
Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of California, San Diego, 07/01/2005-  
Assistant Research Professor, University of Southern California, 01/01/2001-02/01/2009  
Assistant Project Scientist, University of California, San Diego, 09/01/2001-06/30/2005  
 

Other Employment

Assistant Project Scientist, University of California, San Diego, 09/01/2001-01/01/2005  
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

The major goal of my research is to understand how alcohol problems develop and manifest themselves. My research program, supported by NIAAA and the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation, examines ethnic groups with varying patterns and consequences of alcohol use to identify genetic, biological, cultural, and psychosocial risk and protective factors associated with alcohol-related behaviors. My research with the Joint Child Health Project on the island of Mauritius seeks to better understand alcohol behaviors of ethnic groups on the island (e.g., Caucasians, Chinese, Creoles of African decent, and Hindu and Muslim Indians) and the development and transmission of alcohol involvement across generations. I also conduct research on real-time drinking and responses to alcohol across individuals with varying genetic risk and protective factors. This research seeks to develop an assessment protocol using technological tools (e.g., web-based assessments, transdermal alcohol sensors) to better capture naturalistic drinking behavior. In addition, I collaborate with faculty members in the UCSD Department of Psychiatry where I am an Assistant Adjunct Professor to study risk and protective factors for alcohol involvement across Asian and Caucasian Americans. These three lines of research enable me to examine a broad range of biopsychosocial risk and protective factors associated with the development and transmission of alcohol-related behaviors in a variety of ethnic groups and cultural settings.
 

Research Keywords

Alcohol; Genetics; Ethnic group differences; Family transmission; Alcohol metabolizing genes; Risk and protective factors; Real-time assessment
 

Research Specialties

Genetic and ethnic group differences in the development of alcohol use and problems
 

Funded Research

Contracts and Grants Awarded

Intergenerational Transmission of Alcohol Involvement (R01 AA18179) (National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), Susan E. Luczak, $3,204,756, 09/10/2010-06/30/2015  
Intergenerational Transmission of Alcohol Involvement (R01 AA18179-02S1) (Nat Inst of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)), Susan E. Luczak, $217,249, 07/01/2011-06/30/2014  
Real-Time Assessment of Alcohol Use Across ALDH2 Genotypes (R21 AA17711) (Nat Inst of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)), Susan Elizabeth Luczak, $411,233, 04/22/2009-09/30/2012  
 

Publications

Book Chapter

Shea, S. H., Luczak, S. E., Wall, T. L. (2008). Jews and Alcohol. 3rd
 

Journal Article

Doran, N., Luczak, S. E., Bekman, N., Koutsenok, I., Brown, S. A. (2012). Substance abuse and dependence treatment for aggressive youth. Criminal Justice and Behavior. Vol. 39 (748-769)
Luczak, S. E., Pandika, D., Shea, S. H., Eng, M. Y., Liang, T., Wall, T. L. (2011). ALDH2 and ADH1B interactions in retrospective reports of low-dose reactions and initial sensitivity to alcohol in Asian Americans. Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research. Vol. 35, pp. 1238-1245.
Duranceaux, N. C., Schuckit, M. A., Luczak, S. E., Eng, M. Y., Carr, L. G., Wall, T. L. (2008). Ethnic differences in level of response to alcohol between Chinese- and Korean-Americans. Journal of Studies on Alcohol andDrugs. Vol. 69, pp. 227-234.
Doran, N., Myers, M. G., Luczak, S. E., Carr, L. G., Wall, T. L. (2007). Stability of heavy episodic drinking in Chinese- and Korean-American college students: Effects of ALDH2 gene status and behavioral undercontrol. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.. Vol. 68, pp. 789-797.
Wall, T. L., Schoedel, K., Ring, H. Z., Luczak, S. E., Katsuyoshi, D. M., Tyndale, R. F. (2007). Differences in pharmacogenetics of nicotine and alcohol metabolism: Review and recommendations for future research. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. Vol. 9, pp. S459-S474..
Eng., M. Y., Luczak, S. E., Wall, T. L. (2007). ALDH2, ADH1B, and ADH1C Genotypes in Asians: A literature review. Alcohol Research and Health,. Vol. 30, pp. 22-27.
Luczak, S. E., Glatt, S. J., Wall, T. L. (2006). Meta-analyses of ALDH2 and ADH1B with alcohol dependence in Asians. Psychological Bulletin.. Vol. 132, pp. 607-621.
Luczak, S. E., Shea, S. H., Hsueh, A., Chang, J., Carr, L. G., Wall, T. L. (2006). ALDH2*2 is associated with alcohol-induced blackouts in Asian-American college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol. Vol. 67, pp. 349-353.
Wall, T. L., Shea, S. H., Luczak, S. E., Cook, T. A., Carr, L. G. (2005). Genetic associations of alcohol dehydrogenase with alcohol use disorders and endophenotypes in White college students. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.. Vol. 114, pp. 456-465.
Cook, T. A., Luczak, S. E., Shea, S. H., Ehlers, C. L., Carr, L. G., Wall, T. L. (2005). Associations of ALDH2 and ADH1B genotypes with response to alcohol in Asian Americans. Journal of Studies on Alcohol. Vol. 66, pp. 196-204.
Luczak, S. E., Wall, T. L., Cook, T. A., Shea, S. H., Carr, L. G. (2004). ALDH2 status and conduct disorder mediate the relationship between ethnicity and alcohol dependence in Chinese-, Korean-, and White-American college students. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Vol. 113 (271-278)
Ebberhart, N. C., Luczak, S. E., Avanecy, N., Wall, T. L. (2003). Family history of alcohol dependence in Asian Americans. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. Vol. 35, pp. 375-377.
Luczak, S. E., Corbett, K., Oh, C., Carr, L. G., Wall, T. L. (2003). Religious influences on heavy episodic drinking in Chinese and Korean American college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol,. Vol. 64, pp. 467-471.
Schuckit, M. A., Smith, T. L., Barnow, S., Preuss, U., Luczak, S. E., Radziminski, S. (2003). Correlates of externalizing symptoms in children from families of alcoholics and controls. Alcohol and Alcoholism,. Vol. 38, pp. 559-567.
Luczak, S. E., Shea, S. H., Carr, L. G., Li, T. K., Wall, T. L. (2002). Binge drinking in Jewish and non-Jewish college students. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Vol. 12, pp. 1773-1778.
Luczak, S. E., Elvine-Kreis, B. J., Shea, S. H., Carr, L. G., Wall, T. L. (2002). Genetic risk for alcoholism relates to level of response to alcohol in Asian American men and women. Journal of Studies on Alcohol.. Vol. 63, pp. 74-82.
Luczak, S. E., Wall, T. L., Shea, S. H., Byun, S., Carr, L. G. (2001). Binge drinking in Chinese, Korean, and White college students: Genetic and ethnic group differences. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Vol. 15, pp. 306-309.
Luczak, S. E., Raine, A., Venables, P. A. (2001). Invariance of alcohol problems across religious groups. Journal of Studies on Alcohol,. Vol. 62, pp. 834-837.
 

Honors and Awards

NIH/NSF Career Development Award, Childhood Precursors to Alcohol Involvement. Mentored Career Development Award (K08 AA14265) , 8/15/2004-7/31/2010  
Young Investigator Travel Award, European Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism, 6/2009  
Travel Awards, International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism (2 awards), 9/1/2004-9/30/2006  
Junior Investigator Awards, Research Society on Alcoholism (4 awards), 6/1/2001-6/30/2004  
Guze Symposium Travel Award, Missouri Alcoholism Research Center, Spring 2004   
Junior Investigator Travel Award, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Spring 2004   
Scaife Medical Scholarship in Addictions Studies, Spring 2002   
Travel Award, National Institute of Drug Abuse, Fall 2001   
Research Recognition Award Finalist, Research Society on Alcoholism, Spring 2001   
Phi Kappa Psi, Spring 2000   
 

Service to the Profession

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Editorial board member, Frontier in Genetics, 2011-  
Editorial board member, Alcohol: An International Biomedical Journal, 2007-  
 

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Society, 2010-  
European Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism, 2008-  
International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism, 2002-  
Research Society on Alcoholism, 2001-  
American Psychological Association (Divisions 28 & 50), 1995-  
 
 
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