Student of the Month (May 2016): Renee Cloutier

We are excited to introduce our Student of the Month for May 2016, Renee Cloutier!

Student: Renee Cloutier

Mentor: Dr. Heidemarie Blumenthal

University of North Texas

Renee Cloutier

Thank you for selecting me as the Addictive Behaviors Special Interest Group Student of the Month for May 2016. I will be entering my fourth year of doctoral studies in Experimental Psychology/Behavioral Science at the University of North Texas working with Dr. Heidemarie Blumenthal in the Teen Stress and Alcohol Research (StAR) Laboratory. After obtaining my PhD, I plan to pursue a post-doctoral position to prepare me for a career as an academic researcher with a focus on the etiology of substance use among adolescents and emerging adults.

I am particularly interested in the relation among different types of social stressors (e.g., performance, peer rejection) and cognitive factors (e.g., substance use motives) on acute (e.g., self- administration, craving) and long-term (e.g., disorder, maturing out) substance use outcomes. To this end, I have coordinated several projects using different standardized social stress tasks (e.g., Trier, Cyberball) and modifications of these tasks (e.g., 2D vs. 3D Cyberball) with adolescent and emerging adulthood populations. Using both physiological (e.g., salivary cortisol, skin conductance) and psychological (e.g., state anxiety) markers, I have examined the relations between social stress reactivity to current and prospective symptoms of psychopathology. As a complement to my laboratory-based work, I also have analyzed large national datasets to explore potential mechanisms underlying substance use initiation and common substance use disorder comorbidities (e.g., Add Health; National Comorbidity Survey). Ultimately, my goal is to identify ways in which researchers may model substance use and related risk-processes in the laboratory, and ultimately the translation of such information to the design of effective, tailored intervention efforts.

*denotes manuscripts initially presented at ABCT conferences

*Cloutier, R.M., Blumenthal, H., & Mischel, E. (in press). An examination of social anxiety in marijuana and cigarette use motives among adolescents. Substance Use and Misuse. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2015.1110174

*Blumenthal, H., Cloutier, R. M., Zamboanga, B. L., Bunaciu, L., & Knapp, A. A. (2015). A laboratory-based test of the relation between adolescent alcohol use and panic-relevant responding. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. doi: 10.1037/pha0000022

Zamboanga, B. L., Tomaso, C. C., Cloutier, R. M., Blumenthal, H., Kenney, S. R., & Borsari, B. (in press). Drinking games participation among high school and incoming college students: A narrative review. Journal of Addictions Nursing.

Cloutier, R.M., Blumenthal, H., Douglas, M., Laslett, H., & Liu, K. (2015). A prospective study of psychophysiological responding to an acute social stressor and the development of social anxiety symptoms. Paper presented at the 16th biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.

Cloutier, R.M., Blumenthal, H., & Anderson, K.G. (2016). Using experimental and lab research to study adolescent substance use: A review & call for research. Poster accepted to the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Cloutier, R.M., Blumenthal, H., Taylor, D., Baxley, C. & Lasslett, H. (2015). The indirect effect of sleep problems in the link between social anxiety disorder and alcohol use disorders among a nationally representative sample of adolescents. Poster presented at the 49th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

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