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Dr. Spencer Bujarski

Research Interests: Broadly speaking, Spencer is interested in understanding the etiology and treatment of substance use disorders from a clinical neuroscience perspective with a specific focus on the translation of preclinical neurobiological models of addiction pathophysiology to human laboratory research. Spencer is currently working on a study examining subjective effects of alcohol as a translational phenotype which can be utilized to examine preclinical models of alcoholism development in human populations. Spencer is also interested in laboratory models of addictive disorders including, among others, alcohol challenge methodologies, alcohol self-administration and smoking topography and their application towards translational research, and medication development for alcohol and other substance use disorders. Spencer is also interested in the role of genetic factors in both addiction etiology and treatment with particular emphasis on pharmacogenomics and gene x environment interactions. Lastly, Spencer is interested in the application of advanced statistical techniques to addictions research including: multilevel random coefficient modeling, structural equation modeling and growth curve modeling.

Clinical Work: Spencer is currently an advanced therapist at the UCLA Psychology Clinic where he delivers empirically supported, brief and long-term psychotherapy for a diverse patient population expressing a range of psychological concerns. Treatment modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive processing therapy. Spencer is also involved as an assessor and clinician for Dr. Lara Ray’s ongoing clinical research studies with substance using populations conducting diagnostic interviews, neurocognitive assessments, and motivational interviews.

Hobbies: Spencer enjoys guitar, Formula 1 racing, cooking, traveling, television, and movies

Spencer's Take on Los Angeles: "The best thing about LA is that you never have to worry about black ice."

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Select Publications:

           Bujarski, S., Hutchison, K.E., Prause, N., & Ray, L.A. (2015) Functional Significance of Subjective Response to Alcohol across                     Levels of Alcohol Exposure. Addiction Biology. PDF

Bujarski, S., Hutchison, K.E., Roche, D.J.O. & Ray, L.A. (2015) Factor Structure of Subjeive Responses to Alcohol in Light and Heavy Drinkers. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. PDF

Bujarski S., & Ray, L.A. (2014) Subjective Response to Intravenous Alcohol and Associated Craving in Heavy Drinkers vs. Alcohol Dependents: A Preliminary Translational Examination of Koob’s Allostatic Model in Humans, Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 140, 161-167. PDF

Bujarski S., Roche, D., Lunny, K., Moallem N., Courtney, K.E., Allen V., Hartwell, E., Leventhal, A., Rohrbaugh, T., & Ray, L.A. (2014) The Relationship Between Methamphetamine and Alcohol Use in a Community Sample of Methamphetamine Users, Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 142, 127 – 132. PDF

Bujarski, S., Lunny, K., & Ray, L.A. (2012). The Effects of Drinking Goal on Treatment Outcome for Alcoholism. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 81(1), 13–22. PDF

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