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Lisa Fucito, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Tobacco Treatment Service, Psychiatry

Appointments

Biography

I am an expert in tobacco and hazardous alcohol use, other modifiable lifestyle risk behaviors (i.e., deficient sleep, and physical inactivity), and digital health technology. My research focuses on: 1) better understanding and predicting these risks; 2) phenotyping risk variability within individuals; 3) developing novel lifestyle interventions that are tailored to these unique risk profiles; and 4) implementing lifestyle risk behavior/mental health screening and intervention in clinical settings. I utilize various technologies including biosensors, smartphones, telehealth, and electronic health record tools to monitor these behaviors, derive integrated biometric feedback, deliver interventions, and improve healthcare. In addition, I am interested in digitally-derived endpoints as alternative endpoints for clinical trials.

In a separate and distinct line of research, I study the effects of different tobacco products and their constituents in adults to inform the regulation of tobacco products by the FDA.

I also direct the Tobacco Treatment Service at Smilow Cancer Hospital and teach/mentor graduate students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty in addiction, behavioral medicine, health technology, and clinical research.

Current studies include:

(1) Observational Study: phenotyping heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder risk in young adults using advances in web-based neuropsychological assessment, smartphone sensing technology, machine learning and statistical modeling (n=350)

(2) RCT: evaluating effects of e-cigarettes vs. oral nicotine pouches and their constituents (menthol flavor, nicotine concentration) on cigarette smoking in adults (N=256)

(3) RCT: testing a personalized sleep/cardiovascular wellness feedback intervention using the OuraRing and smartphone diaries for young adults who drink heavily (n=60)


Education & Training

  • PhD
    American University (2008)
  • MA
    American University (2005)
  • BA
    Boston College, Psychology (1998)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Yale Life Sciences Pitchfest SemifinalistOffice of Cooperative Research2023
Chairman's AwardYale School of Medicine2019
Distinguished Faculty AwardYale School of Medicine2017
Young Investigator Paper AwardSociety for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco2013

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
Board , Society for Research on Nicotine and TobaccoBoard Member2022 - 2025
Current Addiction Reports & Current Sleep ReportsDeputy Editor2022 - Present
Nicotine & Tobacco ResearchAssociate Editor2015 - Present

Departments & Organizations