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Susan Tapert, PhD



Phone Number

(858) 534-0771

Research Interests

The prospective effects of adolescent alcohol and marijuana use on neurocognition.

My research objectives are twofold: 1) longitudinally examine risk factors that are predictive of alcohol and other drug use (e.g., marijuana, tobacco) in adolescents and young adults, and 2) elucidate the effects of adolescent alcohol use on neurocognition using neuropsychological and functional imaging methods.

Representative Publications
  • Nguyen-Louie T.T., Castro N., Matt G.E., Squeglia L.M., Brumback T., Tapert S.F. (2015) Effects of emerging alcohol and marijuana use behaviors on adolescents’ neuropsychological functioning over four years. Journal of Studies on Alcohol Drugs, 76(5), 738-48. doi:10.15288/jsad.2015.76.738.

  • Nguyen-Louie, T.T., Buckman, J.F., Ray, S., Bates, M.E. (2016) Drinkers’ memory bias for alcohol picture cues in explicit and implicit memory tasks. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 160, 90-96. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.12.03.

  • Nguyen-Louie, T.T., Tracas, A., Squeglia, L.M., Matt, G.E., Eberson-Shumate, S., Tapert, S.F. (2016) Learning and memory in adolescent moderate, binge, and extreme binge drinkers. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 40, 1895-904. doi:10.1111/acer.13160.

  • Individual Predoctoral NRSA, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: F31 AA024389 , 2016-2018; Project Title: Influence of Alcohol on Cognitive Functioning and Neural Functional Connectivity in Adolescents PI: Tam Nguyen-Louie; Sponsor: Susan Tapert, Ph.D.
  • Institutional Research Training Grant, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: T32 AA013525, Alcohol Research in the Science/Practitioner Model. PI: Edward P. Riley, 2013-2016

Tam Nguyen-Louie CV 2017