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Joseph D. Deak, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Joseph D. Deak, PhD

Biography

My research interests focus on applying molecular genetic approaches to gain a finer understanding of the genetic influences on alcohol use disorder (AUD) and related alcohol traits (e.g., alcohol sensitivity), substance use disorders (SUDs) more broadly, and the co-occurrence of SUDs with other psychiatric conditions. These interests align closely with my clinical interests of providing evidence-based care for treating AUD, SUDs, and other psychiatric disorders. My work is centered primarily at the intersection of my research and clinical interests conducting large-scale genome-wide analyses of substance use outcomes in collaboration with colleagues within the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium Substance Use Disorders (PGC-SUD) working group and the Million Veteran Program (MVP) analyst teams. It is the hope that this work will aid in bridging basic and clinical sciences for investigating the genetic etiology of SUDs, and will contribute to the field’s progress in leveraging state-of-the-art molecular genetic approaches to better understand long-term SUD outcomes (e.g., alcohol-related disease), and translating molecular genetic findings toward the discovery and development of treatment and prevention approaches.

Advisor: Joel Gelernter, MD

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Missouri, Clinical Psychology
  • MA
    University of Missouri, Clinical Psychology
  • BA
    Saint Louis University, Biology
  • BA
    Saint Louis University, Psychology (Minor: Theology)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
NIAAA T32 Institutional National Research Service Award Postdoctoral FellowshipTranslational Alcohol Research Program (TARP) - Yale University (T32AA028259)2021
NIAAA T32 Institutional National Research Service Award Postdoctoral FellowshipTranslational Alcohol Research Program (TARP) - Yale University (T32AA028259)2020
NIAAA F31 National Research Service Award Predoctoral FellowshipNational Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (F31AA025516)2018
NIAAA F31 National Research Service Award Predoctoral FellowshipNational Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (F31AA025516)2017
Enoch Gordis Research Award Predoctoral FinalistResearch Society on Alcoholism2016
NIAAA T32 Institutional National Research Service Award Predoctoral FellowshipPsychology of Alcohol Use and Dependence Training - University of Missouri (T32AA013526)2015
NIAAA T32 Institutional National Research Service Award Predoctoral FellowshipPsychology of Alcohol Use and Dependence Training - University of Missouri (T32AA013526)2014