Lisa Fucito, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Tobacco Treatment Service Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven

Research Interests

Alcoholism; Mental Health; Psychiatry; Tobacco; Substance Abuse Detection; Smoking Cessation; Risk Reduction Behavior; Psychiatry and Psychology

Public Health Interests

Alcoholism/Alcohol; Drug Abuse/Addition; Health risk behaviors; Mental Health; Smoking/Tobacco Control

Research Organizations

Cancer Prevention and Control

Psychiatry: Center for Nicotine and Tobacco Use Research at Yale (CENTURY) | Psychological Medicine Service | Psychology Section | Psychotherapy Development Center | Smoking Cessation and Alcohol Treatment Research Clinic | Substance Abuse Research | Substance Abuse Treatment Center

Research Summary

Cigarette smoking and heavy alcohol consumption are among the leading preventable causes of death and disease in the United States. Both also frequently co-occur with other negative health behavior risks such as obesity and sleep disturbance. Despite these health risks, a substantial number of individuals are unable to successfully quit smoking or reduce their drinking. Moreover, current efficacious treatments have small to moderate effects on smoking and drinking.

Most cigarette smokers and heavy-drinking individuals are treated in primary healthcare settings where the opportunity to address smoking and alcohol use is often missed. There is a need to identify effective integrated models as well as interventions that generalize across multiple negative health behaviors. Multiple health behavior change interventions have the potential to maximize health benefits and reduce health costs.

My research focuses on:

  1. Developing novel, integrated treatments for smoking and heavy alcohol consumption;
  2. Using biomarker feedback to motivate multiple health behavior change;
  3. Testing primary healthcare topics (e.g., sleep) as a "gateway" to addressing heavy alcohol consumption and smoking;
  4. Identifying factors that optimize the efficacy of existing smoking and alcohol interventions;
  5. Examining the mechanisms through which these treatments bring about clinical change.

Specialized Terms: Treatments for cigarette smoking and heavy drinking; Moderators of treatment response; Risk behavior mechanisms; Sleep disturbance and substance use; Multiple health behavior change; M-health; Health feedback

Extensive Research Description

I am currently testing integrated treatment models for cigarette smoking and heavy alcohol consumption. I am also testing sleep interventions for heavy-drinking college students.

Selected Publications

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