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Dr. Spencer Bujarski, Ph.D.


Research: Broadly speaking, Spencer is interested in understanding the etiology and treatment of alcohol and other substance use disorders from a translational and clinical neuroscience perspective. He is primarily interested in answering two questions. First, how can human subjects research best promote consilience between preclinical neuroscience and clinical research? Second, how can human laboratory research effectively advance treatment development efforts for addictive disorders. Currently Spencer is working on a study examining subjective effects of alcohol and alcohol self-administration as translational phenotypes which can be utilized to examine preclinical models of alcoholism development in human subjects. To accomplish these aims, Spencer's research utilizes state-of-the-art experimental psychopathology paradigms including controlled alcohol administration paradigms, alcohol self-administration, cue reactivity paradigms, and stress exposures. He is also 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 serving as the Co-Director for the CBT for Alcohol Use Disorder Clinic. This CBT clinic is a weekly outpatient clinic which focuses on providing comprehensive assessment and empirically-supported cognitive behavioral therapy for alcohol use disorder. Recently Spencer completed his clinical internship at the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs, VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center where he delivered empirically supported, time-limited and long-term psychotherapy for a diverse patient population expressing a range of psychological concerns. Treatment modalities include: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Matrix Model, and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention, and neuropsychological assessment. 

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Select Publications:

           Bujarski, S., Hutchison, K.E., Prause, N., & Ray, L.A. (2017) Functional Significance of Subjective Response to Alcohol across Levels of Alcohol Exposure. Addiction Biology. PDF

Bujarski, S., & Ray, L.A. (2016) Experimental Psychopathology Paradigms for Alcohol Use Disorders: Applications for Translational Research. Behaviour Research and Therapy. 86, 11-22. PMID: 27266992. PDF

Bujarski, S., Hutchison, K.E., Roche, D.J.O. & Ray, L.A. (2015) Factor Structure of Subjective 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., 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