Lisa Fucito PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Program Director Smoking Cessation Service Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven

Research Interests

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

Current Projects

I am currently conducting research aimed at improving smoking cessation success among heavy-drinking smokers. I am also testing sleep interventions for heavy-drinking college students.

Research Summary

Both cigarette smoking and heavy alcohol consumption are among the leading preventable causes of death and disease in the United States. 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. Thus, more research is needed on novel smoking and alcohol interventions as well as factors that optimize response to existing treatments.

My research focuses on:

  1. Developing novel treatments for smoking cessation and heavy alcohol consumption;
  2. Identifying factors that optimize the efficacy of existing smoking and alcohol interventions;
  3. Examining the mechanisms through which these treatments bring about clinical change.

I am particularly interested in designing and evaluating smoking and alcohol interventions for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use problems.

My goal is to design treatments and identify treatment targets that are practical across various healthcare settings. I also aim to develop interventions that promote multiple health behavior change given that cigarette smoking and heavy drinking frequently co-occur together and with other risk factors. Multiple health behavior change interventions have the potential to maximize health benefits and reduce health costs.

Selected Publications

  • DeMartini, K. S. & Fucito, L. M. (2014). Variations in sleep characteristics and sleep-related impairment in at-risk college drinkers: A latent profile analysis. Health Psychology, 33, 1164-1173.
  • Fucito, L. M., Bars, M. P., Forray, A., Rojewski, A. M., Shiffman, S., Selby, P., West, R., Foulds, J., Toll, B. A.; Writing Committee for the SRNT Policy and Treatment Networks. (2014). Addressing the evidence for FDA nicotine replacement therapy label changes: a policy statement of the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco use and Dependence and the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 16, 909-914.
  • Fucito, L. M., DeMartini, K. S., Hanrahan, T. H., Whittemore, R., Yaggi, H. K., Redeker, N. S. (2014). Perceptions of Heavy-Drinking College Students About a Sleep and Alcohol Health Intervention. Behavioral Sleep Medicine [June 12:1-17 Epub ahead of print]
  • Fucito, L. M., Redeker, N. S., Ball, S. A., Toll, B. A., Ikomi, J. T., Carroll, K. M. (2014). Integrating a behavioural sleep intervention into smoking cessation treatment for smokers with insomnia: results of a randomised pilot study. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 9, 31-38.
  • Fucito, L. M., Park, A., Gulliver, S. B., Mattson, M. E., Gueorguieva, R.V., O'Malley, S.S. (2012). Cigarette smoking predicts differential benefit from naltrexone for alcohol dependence. Biological Psychiatry, 72, 832-838.
  • Fucito, L. M., Toll, B. A., Wu, R., Romano, D. M., Tek, E., & O’Malley, S. S. (2011). A preliminary investigation of varenicline for heavy drinking smokers. Psychopharmacology, 215, 655-663.
  • Fucito, L. M., Latimer, A., Salovey, P., & Toll, B. A. (2010). Nicotine dependence as a moderator of message framing effects on smoking cessation outcomes. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 39, 311-317.
  • Fucito, L. M. & Juliano. L. M. (2009). Depression moderates smoking behavior in response to a sad mood induction. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23, 546-551.
  • Fucito, L. M., Toll, B. A., Salovey, P., & O’Malley, S. S. (2009). Beliefs and attitudes about bupropion: Implications for medication adherence and smoking cessation treatment. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23, 373-379.

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