RIA Seminar Series
Drinking Trajectories among Heavy Drinkers Following Treatment and In the Absence of Treatment
Dr. Katie Witkiewitz is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico with a joint appointment at the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions. The underlying theme of her research is the development of empirically-based models of substance use, with an emphasis on applying advanced quantitative research methods to better understand changes in substance use behavior over time. Dr. Witkiewitz is also a licensed clinical psychologist and has worked extensively on the development of a theoretical model of biopsychosocial influences on substance use relapse. She has conducted numerous empirical studies on the prediction of alcohol relapse following treatment for alcohol use disorders, mechanisms of successful alcohol treatment outcomes, as well as the development of interventions to prevent alcohol and substance use relapse, including mindfulness-based relapse prevention and group-based relapse prevention interventions. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Institute on Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Cancer Institute.