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Nathasha Moallem

Nathasha is a 6th year clinical psychology graduate student

Research Interests: Nathasha's current research examines the effects of methamphetamine on cognitive functioning. Nathasha is interested in examining the relationship between methamphetamine use parameters (age of first use, average amount used, years used, route of administrations, etc.) on neurocognition. She is also interested in elucidating the relationship between neurocognition and impulsivity in the context of substance abuse. Nathasha has successfully proposed her dissertation and is currently collecting data. She aims to defend her dissertation by June 2015.

Clinical Work: In addition to her research endeavors, Nathasha is also an advanced therapist at the UCLA Psychology Clinic where she conducts empirically-based treatments. She is trained in manualized treatments such as Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for addiction, chronic pain, and other psychological disorders. In the lab, Nathasha also conducts semi-structured interviews, such as Motivational Interviewing and the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID).

Hobbies: In her spare time, Nathasha enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling. 

Nathasha's Take on Los Angeles: "I love the variety LA has to offer in culture, cuisine, and areas to explore."

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Select Publications:


Moallem N.R. & Ray L.R. (2012) Dimensions of impulsivity among heavy drinkers, smokers, and heavy drinking smokers: singular and combined effects. Addictive Behaviors, 37(7):871-4. PDF

Moallem N.R. & Ray L.A. (2012) Quetiapine improves response inhibition in alcohol dependent patients: a pilot study. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior. 100(3):490-3. PDF

Moallem, N.R., Courtney, K.E., Bacio, G.A., & Ray, L.R. (2013). Modeling alcoholism severity: An integrative structural equation modeling approach. Frontiers Psych. 4:75. PMID: 23908635 PDF

Ray L., Lunny K., Bujarksi S., Moallem N., Krull, J., & Miotto K. (2013). The effects of varenicline on stress-induced and cue-induced craving for cigarettes. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 131:136-142 PMID: 23298651 PDF

Poster Presented at RSA 2014 View Here