Who We Are

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Laura J. Bierut, M.D. – Director

I am a psychiatrist with research interest in genetic studies of smoking behavior, alcohol and drug addiction, and other psychiatric illnesses.

Patricia Cavazos, Ph.D.

I am a psychologist with research interest in the social environmental influences on health behaviors.

Li-Shiun Chen, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.D.

I am a psychiatrist with research interest in improving clinical care of smoking cessation.

Sarah Hartz, M.D., Ph.D.

I am a psychiatrist trying to understand why people with severe mental illness use a lot of substances.

Alex T. Ramsey, Ph.D.

I am an organizational psychologist with research interest in the implementation of effective treatments for substance use disorders.

Carrie Mintz, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Kevin Y Xu MD MPH

I am an addiction psychiatrist and health services researcher interested in using administrative claims to test how clinical trial findings generalize to marginalized patient populations.

Richard A. Grucza, Ph.D., MPE

Saint Louis University Affiliate

I am an epidemiologist with research interest in the social-environmental and genetic determinants of addiction.

Health & Behavior Research Team

We are a multi-disciplinary team of clinician-scientists conducting research that addresses key public health priorities such as genomics research and substance use epidemiology and policy.