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Lisa Fucito, PhD

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



I am an expert in multiple lifestyle behaviors that contribute to the development of chronic diseases and frequently co-occur with mental health conditions including tobacco use, heavy drinking, deficient sleep, and physical inactivity. My research focuses on better understanding these behaviors and their co-occurrence in order to develop innovative interventions to improve people's lives. I am interested in how technology (e.g., smartphones, biosensors, social media, electronic health records) can increase the reach and effectiveness of interventions and improve health outcomes across behaviors. I utilize various research designs and methods to answer these questions including clinical trials, qualitative studies, laboratory-analogue models, daily experience sampling/biosensors, and implementation and dissemination research. Current studies include: (1) an observational study to characterize the longitudinal variability in heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder risk in young adults using the latest innovations in web-based neuropsychological assessment, smartphone sensing technology, and machine learning and statistical modeling (n=350); (2) a RCT of a personalized sleep/ cardiovascular wellness feedback intervention using PPG biosensors and smartphone diaries for young adults who drink heavily (n=60); (3) implementation of a sustainable tobacco treatment model for patients treated across the statewide Yale Cancer Center care network via electronic health record tools, proactive outreach, and pharmacist-led care; (4) a preliminary RCT of oral nicotine pouches on cigarette smoking behavior in adults who smoke (N=30); (5) a RCT of a mobile smoking cessation intervention for patients attending lung cancer screening (N=367); and (6) a RCT of financial incentives plus standard care for promoting smoking cessation among patients undergoing surgery for cancer (N=282). I also direct the Tobacco Treatment Service at Smilow Cancer Hospital and teach/mentor graduate students, residents, and fellows in addiction, behavioral medicine, and clinical research.

Education & Training

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

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Chairman's AwardYale School of Medicine2019
Distinguished Faculty AwardYale School of Medicine2017
Young Investigator Paper AwardSociety for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco2013
Clinical Research Loan Repayment AwardNIAAA2008
Predoctoral Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service AwardNIDA2007
Intramural Research Training AwardNIMH2005
Mellon Research AwardAmerican University2003
Student Travel AwardSociety for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco2003

Professional Service

Board , Society for Research on Nicotine and TobaccoBoard Member2022 - 2025

Departments & Organizations