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Adrienne Heinz, PhD

Adrienne Heinz, PhD

Portrait of Adrienne Heinz, PhD

Research Health Science Specialist

Dissemination and Training Division

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  • Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences & VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Center for Innovation to Implementation, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2014
  • San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and University of California San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry, Clinical Internship, 2012
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Clinical Psychology, Ph.D., 2012
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Clinical Psychology, M.A., 2008
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse, Intramural Research Program, Clinical Pharmacology and Treatment Branch, Post-Baccalaureate Fellow, 2006
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Psychology, B.A., 2004

Expertise and Interests

  • Substance Use Disorders and co-occurring Posttraumatic Stress
  • Executive Functioning, Impulsivity, Risk-Taking
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Cognitive Training and Interventions that Foster Resilience
  • Mobile Health Applications and Technologies

Membership in Professional Societies

  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy
  • Research Society on Alcoholism
  • Association for Psychological Science

Awards and Honors

  • University of Illinois Chicago Leonard D. Eron Award for outstanding scholarly accomplishment, 2010
  • Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, outstanding student presentation award, 2009
  • University of Illinois Chicago Christopher B. Keys Award for early outstanding research achievement, 2008

Selected Publications

Heinz, A. J., Pennington, D. L., Cohen, N., Schmeling, B., Lasher, B. A., Schrodek, E., & Batki, S.L. (In Press). Relations between cognitive functioning and alcohol use, craving, and posttraumatic stress: An examination among trauma exposed military Veterans with alcohol use disorder. Military Medicine.

Heinz, A. J., Makin-Byrd, K., Blonigen, D. M., Reilly, P., & Timko, C. (2015). Aggressive behavior among military Veterans in substance use disorder treatment: The roles of posttraumatic stress and impulsivity. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 50, 59-66.

Heinz, A. J., Bui, L., Thomas, K. M., & Blonigen, D. M. (2015). Distinct facets of impulsivity exhibit differential associations with substance use disorder treatment processes: A cross-sectional and prospective investigation among military veterans. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 55, 21-28.

Beck, A., Heinz, A.J., & Heinz, A. (2014). Translational clinical neuroscience perspectives on the cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms underlying alcohol-related aggression. In Miczek, K.A. & Meyer-Lindenberg, A., Neuroscience of Aggression: Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience (pp. 443-474). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.

Heinz, A. J., Peters, E. N., Boden, M. T. & Bonn-Miller, M. O. (2013). A comprehensive examination of delay discounting in a clinical sample of cannabis-dependent military veterans making a self-guided quit attempt. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 21, 55-65.

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