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Joseph F. Lucke, PhD

Joseph F. Lucke, PhD

Senior Research Scientist


Research Associate Professor, Biostatistics

Contact Information

1021 Main Street
Buffalo, NY  14203-1016
Phone: (716) 887-6807

Primary Research Areas

Bayesian statistics; Quantitative methods in the social and biological sciences; Multivariate statistical analysis.

Pretreatment Change in Drinking: Relationship to Treatment Outcome

Stasiewicz | Bradizza | Lucke
This five-year study will research how an individual’s change in alcohol use prior to beginning treatment predicts success during and after a treatment program.

Preliminary data on pretreatment change in drinking indicate that a subset of individuals make rapid, substantial changes prior to starting treatment and maintain these changes during and after treatment; others do not change substantially prior to treatment and show only modest improvements after entering treatment.  This application proposes to investigate trajectories of pretreatment changes in drinking and to examine the relationship of pretreatment change to treatment outcome. Grant funded by NIAAA in the amount of $2,708,039, 2014-2019.

Alcohol and Energy Drink Use, Expectancies and Sexual Risk Taking

Miller | Dermen | Lucke
This study will assess the use of caffeinated energy drinks by U.S. adolescents and young adults (age 13-25) and will examine links between sexual risk-taking and the use of energy drinks mixed with alcohol.

Energy drink (ED) use, particularly when mixed with alcohol (AED), is a rapidly emerging but understudied phenomenon that has been linked with both problem drinking and unsafe sexual activity. This study will recruit a longitudinal survey sample of 3,000 U.S. youth aged 13-25 in order to (1) provide the first detailed, nationally representative descriptive portrait of ED and AED use in adolescents and emerging adults, (2) examine event-level and prospective relationships among AED use, AED expectancies, and sexual risk-taking, and (3) assess the role of gender in moderating those links. The study will foster a theoretically coherent and empirically sound basis for understanding the relationships among these potentially health-compromising  behaviors. We expect that the findings will inform the future development of more effective screening, intervention, and regulatory strategies for reducing AED-related risky sexual activity. Dr. Miller’s co-investigators include RIA’s Dr. Kurt Dermen and Dr. Joseph Lucke. Funded by a grant of $1,374,875 from NIAAA, 2013-2016.

Therapeutic Alliances in Alcoholism Treatment

Connors | Maisto | Dearing | Lucke
The working relationship between the patient and therapist during treatment for an alcohol use disorder will be studied to examine its influence on treatment effectiveness and post-treatment functioning. 

The establishment of a therapeutic alliance between the patient and therapist is generally viewed as a central component of the behavior change process in the treatment of alcohol use disorders (AUDs). In this study, the therapeutic alliance, from the perspective of the patient, will be studied regularly over the course of outpatient treatment and its relationship to treatment variables (such as attendance) and posttreatment functioning (including drinking behavior) evaluated. The study is intended to advance knowledge on therapeutic alliances, the enhancement of which is anticipated to improve treatment outcomes. Co-investigators include Drs. Stephen A. Maisto of Syracuse University, Ronda L. Dearing, and Joseph Lucke. Funded by a grant of $2,445,873 from NIAAA, 2012-2016.

Outcomes in patients with Parkison’s disease following deep-brain stimulation (funded by Adriana Blood Foundation). Statistician, in collaboration with Mya C. Schiess, MD

Measuring the value of remote ICU monitoring (funded by Agency for Healthcare). Statistician (in collaboration with Eric Thomas, MD).