This application is for a """"""""Mentored Research Scientist Development Award"""""""" (K01). The candidate, Robert Leeman, Ph.D., has a programmatic interest in high-risk alcohol use and difficulties with self-control, with a particular interest in the young adult population. Dr. Leeman aims, as a junior faculty member at Yale, to acquire skills to develop into an independent scientist in the field of alcohol research. The training and research plan enlists the mentorship and collaboration of Stephanie O'Malley, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, the Director of the Division of Substance Abuse Research and the Clinical Core of the Yale Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism (CTNA) and Marc Potenza, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and the Child Study Center and Director of the Yale Program for Research on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders. The mentors-along with consultants, all of whom have international reputations in their fields-will assist Dr. Leeman in accomplishing his training goals, in completing the projects detailed in the research plan and in his progression toward becoming an independent researcher. Dr. Leeman's primary training goals for the K01 are 1) to enhance his skills in conducting alcohol administration research and 2) to develop specialized skills in data analytic techniques to model latent variables and to analyze prospective data. A secondary training goal is to learn more about the neurocircuitry implicated in trait and alcohol-induced disinhibition as well as the long-term alterations of neurocircuitry that typify alcoholism. The Research Plan consists of three interrelated studies that relate to Dr. Leeman's interests in alcohol use and self-control and will allow him to apply knowledge gained from the training proposed in the award: 1) testing structural equation models to assess associations among trait disinhibition, expectancies of alcohol's disinhibiting effects and impaired control over alcohol use and to assess these constructs as cross-sectional predictors of high-risk drinking;2) a secondary data analysis to test disinhibition expectancies and impaired control over alcohol use as mediators of outcome in a clinical trial of naltrexone and BASICS counseling for heavy drinking reduction in young adults and 3) development and validation of a human alcohol self-administration paradigm designed to model impaired control over alcohol use. The proposed alcohol self-administration paradigm entails provision of disincentives for non-moderate alcohol use that disregards a controlled drinking guideline. The proposed research has the potential to inform our understanding of the ways in which various difficulties with self-control contribute to high-risk drinking. Results from the proposed research will provide preliminary data for an R01 application to be completed by Dr. Leeman during the award period. Completion of the proposed training and research would allow him to transition to independence as an investigator by the completion of this award and lay the groundwork for his long-term career goals.

Public Health Relevance

Young adult heavy drinking is a significant public health concern. The candidate for this award requests training and proposes a research plan to progress toward independence as an investigator with focus on risk factors for and mechanisms underlying heavy drinking and alcohol-related problems in young adults. Knowledge about risk factors and underlying mechanisms can inform intervention approaches to reduce heavy drinking and alcohol-related problems in this population.

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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Research Scientist Development Award - Research & Training (K01)
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Bold, Krysten W; Fucito, Lisa M; DeMartini, Kelly S et al. (2017) Urgency traits moderate daily relations between affect and drinking to intoxication among young adults. Drug Alcohol Depend 170:59-65
Leeman, Robert F; Sun, Qisi; Bogart, Devorah et al. (2016) Comparisons of Cocaine-Only, Opioid-Only, and Users of Both Substances in the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). Subst Use Misuse 51:553-64
Bold, Krysten W; Fucito, Lisa M; Corbin, William R et al. (2016) Daily relations among affect, urge, targeted naltrexone, and alcohol use in young adults. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol 24:367-375
Leeman, Robert F; DeMartini, Kelly S; Gueorguieva, Ralitza et al. (2016) Randomized controlled trial of a very brief, multicomponent web-based alcohol intervention for undergraduates with a focus on protective behavioral strategies. J Consult Clin Psychol 84:1008-1015
DeMartini, Kelly S; Gueorguieva, Ralitza; Leeman, Robert F et al. (2016) Longitudinal findings from a randomized clinical trial of naltrexone for young adult heavy drinkers. J Consult Clin Psychol 84:185-90
Menary, Kyle R; Corbin, William R; Leeman, Robert F et al. (2015) Interactive and Indirect Effects of Anxiety and Negative Urgency on Alcohol-Related Problems. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 39:1267-74
O'Malley, Stephanie S; Corbin, William R; Leeman, Robert F et al. (2015) Reduction of alcohol drinking in young adults by naltrexone: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial of efficacy and safety. J Clin Psychiatry 76:e207-13
Leeman, Robert F; Ralevski, Elizabeth; Limoncelli, Diana et al. (2014) Relationships between impulsivity and subjective response in an IV ethanol paradigm. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 231:2867-76
Leeman, Robert F; Patock-Peckham, Julie A; Hoff, Rani A et al. (2014) Perceived parental permissiveness toward gambling and risky behaviors in adolescents. J Behav Addict 3:115-23
Leeman, Robert F; Robinson, Cendrine D; Waters, Andrew J et al. (2014) A critical review of the literature on attentional bias in cocaine use disorder and suggestions for future research. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol 22:469-83

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