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Lisa Fucito, PhD

Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, Addiction Medicine

Biography

I am an expert in multiple health risk behaviors including tobacco use, heavy drinking, and poor sleep. My research focuses on better understanding these behaviors and their co-occurrence in order to develop innovative interventions that improve people's lives. My current clinical research focuses on how technology (e.g., biosensors, social media, electronic health records) can increase the reach and effectiveness of interventions and improve health outcomes across behaviors. I utilize various research methodologies including clinical trials, qualitative studies, laboratory-analogue models, and implementation and dissemination research. My research has generated important scientific contributions. These include the unique treatment needs and preferences of individuals with multiple health risk profiles, the value of intervening on more than one risk behavior, the utility of social media and other health concerns (e.g., sleep) for reaching and engaging individuals about their heavy alcohol use, and the negative reciprocal association between poor sleep and alcohol use among young adults. Current studies include: (1) a RCT of a multimodal mobile sleep intervention for heavy-drinking young adults, (2) implementation of a sustainable tobacco treatment model for patients treated across the statewide Yale Cancer Center care network via electronic health record tools, (3) a preliminary test of switching from combustible cigarette smoking to an electronic cigarette among adult smokers with co-morbid medical conditions, and (4) an RCT of a mobile tobacco cessation intervention for lung cancer screening patients. In addition to my research activities, I direct the Tobacco Treatment Service at Smilow Cancer Hospital and teach/mentor medical students, residents, and fellows in addiction and behavioral medicine.

Titles

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Tobacco Treatment Service Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven

Education & Training

  • PhD
    American University (2008)
  • MA
    American University (2005)
  • BA
    Boston College, Psychology (1998)

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