Julia Buckner, Professor & Director of Clinical Training

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Department of Psychology
236 Audubon Hall
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Office Phone: (225)-578-4096
Email: jbuckner@lsu.edu
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Dr. Buckner is currently accepting new students.

Research Interests

Primary focus concerns understanding the nature and treatment of anxiety disorders, with a particular interest in the relations between anxiety and addictive behaviors.

This line of research focuses on three interrelated domains: (1) delineation of causal and maintaining relations between anxiety and addictive behaviors, (2) investigation of mechanisms underlying these relations (including psychosocial, cognitive, cultural, developmental, and biological variables), and (3) development and evaluation of empirically-informed treatment and prevention protocols for anxiety disorders in and of themselves as well as when they co-occur with substance use disorders.

Current projects include:

  • Evaluation of the efficacy of an integrated CBT for co-occurring anxiety and cannabis use disorders (1R34DA031937-01A1).
  • Examination of the effects of laboratory-induced anxiety on physiological reactivity and marijuana craving among individuals with and without social anxiety (1R21DA029811-01A1).
  • Ecological momentary assessment of to delineate relations between marijuana use, craving, and anxiety as well as to understand situational antecedents of marijuana use (1R21DA029811-01A1).
  • Identification of mechanisms underlying the high rates of co-occurring anxiety and problematic substance use (with an emphasis on social anxiety and marijuana and alcohol use).
  • Evaluation of brief motivation enhancement intervention for mandated cannabis use disorder treatment

DR. BUCKNER’S laboratory researches adult anxiety and substance use disorders.

Current research is aimed at understanding in the high rates of substance use and related problems among those with pathological anxiety and ways to improve empirically supported treatments of those disorders.

Student responsibilities could include involvement in participant recruitment, data collection (e.g., using dot-probe), data entry, and literature searches and library work. Preferences will be given to Psychology majors, students with serious interests in research and attending graduate school, and those with a GPA 3.2 or higher.

Students interested in anxiety and/or substance use research experience with adults should contact Dr. Buckner at jbuckner@lsu.edu.


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Florida State University, 2008

Predoctoral Clinical Internship, Yale University School of Medicine, 2007-2008

M.S., Clinical Psychology, Florida State University, 2005

M.A., Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2002

B.A., Psychology, Kenyon College, 1997

Dr. Buckner teaches/has taught the following courses:

  • Adult Behavior Therapy (PSYC 7185)
  • Practicum in Clinical Psychology (PSYC 7688/89)
  • Clinical Psychology Internship (PSYC 7997)
  • Professional Considerations in Psychology (PSYC 7999)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 3082)
  • Undergraduate Practicum and Research (PSYC 2999/4999)

Representative Publications

* indicates LSU graduate student author

Buckner, J.D., Zvolensky, M.J., Farris, S.G., & Hogan, J. (in press). Coping motivated cannabis use and social anxiety: The impact of experiential avoidance. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Buckner, J.D., Zvolensky, M.J., Schmidt, N.B., Carroll, K.M. Schatschneider, C., & Crapanzano, K. (in press). Integrated cognitive behavioral therapy for cannabis use and anxiety disorders: rationale and development. Addictive Behaviors.

Terlecki, M.A., *Ecker, A.H., & Buckner, J.D. (in press). College drinking problems and social anxiety: the impact of drinking context. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

*Ecker, A.H., & Buckner, J.D. (in press). Cannabis use behaviors and social anxiety: The roles of perceived descriptive and injunctive peer norms.Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Buckner, J.D. (2013). College cannabis use: the unique roles of social norms, motives, and expectancies. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 74, 720-726. PMID: 23948531

Buckner, J.D., Zvolensky, M.J., & *Ecker, A.H. (2013). Cannabis use during a voluntary quit attempt: An analysis from ecological momentary assessment. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 132, 610-616. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2013.04.013. PMCID: PMC3770798

Buckner, J.D. & * Vinci, C. (2013). Smoking and social anxiety: The roles of gender and smoking motives. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 2388-2391. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.03.007

Buckner, J.D., *Ecker, A.H., & *Vinci, C. (2013). Cannabis use vulnerability among socially anxious users: cannabis craving during a social interaction.Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27, 236-242. doi: 10.1037/a0029763

Buckner, J. D., Heimberg, R. G., *Ecker, A. H., & *Vinci, C. (2013). A biopsychosocial model of social anxiety and substance use. Depression and Anxiety, 30, 276-284. doi: 10.1002/da.22032

Buckner, J.D., *Ecker, A.H., & Welch, K.D. (2013). Psychometric properties of a valuations scale for the marijuana effect expectancies scale. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 1629-1634, doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.10.010

Buckner, J.D., Zvolensky, M.J., & Schmidt, N.B. (2012). Cannabis-related impairment and social anxiety: The roles of gender and cannabis use motives. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 1294-1297, doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.06.013.

Buckner, J.D., Heimberg, R.G., Schneier, F.R., Liu, S., Wang, S., &Blanos, C. (2012).The relationship between cannabis use disorders and social anxiety disorder in the National Epidemiological Study of Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC).Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 124, 128-134. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2011.12.023

Buckner, J.D., Heimberg, R.G., Matthews, R.A., & *Silgado, J. (2012). Marijuana-related problems and social anxiety: The role of marijuana behaviors in social situations. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26, 151-156. doi: 10.1037/a0025822

Buckner, J. D., Joiner, T. E., Jr., Schmdit, N. B., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2012). Daily marijuana use and suicidality: The unique impact of social anxiety.Addictive Behaviors, 37, 387-392. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.11.019

Buckner, J. D., & Matthews, R. A. (2012). Social impressions while drinking account for the relationship between alcohol-related problems and social anxiety. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 533-536. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.11.026

Buckner, J. D., Crosby, R. D., Wonderlich, S. A., & Schmidt, N. B. (2012). Social anxiety and cannabis use: An analysis from ecological momentary assessment. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 297-304. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2011.12.006

Buckner, J.D., Crosby, R.D., *Silgado, J., Wonderlich, S.A., & Schmidt, N.B. (2012). Immediate antecedents of marijuana use: An analysis from ecological momentary assessment. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 43, 647-266.doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2011.09.010

* Najolia, G. M., Buckner, J. D., & Cohen, A. S. (2012). Cannabis use and schizotypy: The role of social anxiety and other negative affective states.Psychiatry Research, 200, 660-668. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2012.07.042

Schmidt, N.B., Buckner, J.D., *Pusser, A., Woolaway-Bickel, K., Preston, J.L., &Norr, A. (2012).Randomized controlled trial of False Safety Behavior Elimination Therapy (F-SET): A unified cognitive behavioral treatment for anxiety psychopathology.Behavior Therapy, 43, 518-532. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2011.07.005

*Terlecki, M. A., Buckner, J. D., Larimer, M. E., & Copeland, A. L. (2012). Brief motivational intervention for college drinking: The synergistic impact of social anxiety and perceived drinking norms. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26, 917-923. doi: 10.1037/a0027982