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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Suzanne Thomas, PhD


       Suzanne Thomas, PhD


Dr. Suzanne Thomas is Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs and Director of Education and Student Life’s Office of Research and Assessment. She also created the Just Say Know program, which is a science-based drug and alcohol prevention program designed for middle and high school students.
She received her B.A. from Auburn University and her Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of South Carolina. Her training as a basic scientist was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical addiction research at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs at MUSC.
Her research examines how alcohol addiction develops and how stress motivates relapse in alcoholics. She is PI or Co-I on projects funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She is a founding member of the Alcohol Stress Interest Group in the Research Society for Alcoholism and serves a national committee to advise federal funding agencies regarding research initiatives on alcohol treatment.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  Discuss the value of clinical laboratory studies in assessing the effects of acute stress on drinking.
2.  Discuss the evidence that is solid, equivocal, and absent regarding the relationship between stress and alcohol use.
3.  Appreciate how MUSC students can potentially improve their resilience to stress.


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