Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Psychiatry Grand Rounds Speaker
Suzanne Thomas, Ph.D.
|Dr. Suzanne Thomas is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and director of the Alcohol Research Center’s Office of Addiction Education and Outreach. She received her B.A. from Auburn University and her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology/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 program examines how stress, including chronic stress of social anxiety and acute applied stress using clinical laboratory paradigms, motivates and sustains drinking in both alcohol dependent individuals and individuals at risk for developing problems. 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 stress/alcohol relationships. She has over 30 publications in the field of addiction, stress, and relapse. She is jointly appointed in the College of Health Professions, where she teaches research methods for health professionals. She recently combined her research and outreach/education interests in a new venture supported by the Provost’s Office, designed to foster healthy stress coping and wellness in first and second year medical students.|
|At the completion of this session, the participant should be able to:|
| 1) Describe the techniques used to empirically study stress/alcohol relationships|
2) Understand why this relationship is relevant to both alcohol treatment and prevention efforts
3) Critically evaluate the assumptions and limitations of the tension reduction hypothesis