Julia Buckner, Professor 

BucknerOffice: 233 Audubon Hall
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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Julia Buckner is a Professor and the Director of LSU's Anxiety and Addictive Behaviors Laboratory & Clinic. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at LSU Health Sciences Center and a licensed clinical psychologist who supervises clinical services conducted by trainees at LSU’s Psychological Services Center and various units at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. Dr. Buckner has published over 175 scholarly works primarily concerning psychological and sociocultural factors related to negative affect and/or substance misuse, as well as testing novel methods to decrease substance misuse and negative affect and increase treatment-seeking among those suffering from these conditions. She has utilized a variety of methodological procedures in her research, including ecological momentary assessment; affect, craving, and perceived discrimination induction paradigms; attentional processing paradigms; technology-based interventions; longitudinal data collection; and randomized clinical trials. She has been involved in several NIH grants as PI, co-PI, consultant, and sponsor and is currently PI on a graduate education training grant from the US Department of Health & Human Services' HRSA. She has also received awards from organizations such as the American Psychological Association, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Addictive Behaviors & Anxiety Disorders Special Interest Groups.


Research Interests

Primary focus concerns understanding the nature and treatment of substance use disorders, with a particular interest in the impact of negative affect-related vulnerabilities on the etiological, maintenance, and treatment of substance use disorders. This line of research focuses on three related domains: (1) delineation of causal and maintaining relations between negative affect and other transdiagnostic vulnerability factors and substance use behaviors, (2) investigation of mechanisms underlying these relations (including psychosocial, cognitive, sociocultural, and biological variables), and (3) development and evaluation of empirically-informed treatment and prevention protocols for substance use disorders in and of themselves as well as when they co-occur with anxiety and related disorders.



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, ** indicates undergraduate student author

Theoretical models of substance misuse:

Rogers, A. H., Zvolensky, M. J., Ditre, J. W., Buckner, J. D., & Asmundson, G. J. G. (2021). Association of opioid misuse with anxiety and depression: A systematic review of the literature. Clinical Psychology Review, 84. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2021.101978

Buckner, J.D., *Morris, P.E., *Abarno, C.N., *Glover, N.I., & *Lewis, E.M. (2021). A biopsychosocial model social anxiety and substance use revised. Current Psychiatry Reports, 23(6), doi: 10.1007/s11920-021-01249-5

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

Psychological vulnerability factors related to substance use:

Schepis, T. S., Buckner, J. D., Klare, D. L., Wade, L. R., & Benedetto, N. (in press). Predicting college student prescription stimulant misuse: An analysis from ecological momentary assessment. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. doi: 10.1037/pha0000386

Buckner, J.D., *Walukevich, K.A., & Zvolensky, M.J. (2019). Distress tolerance and cannabis craving: The impact of laboratory-induced distress. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 27(1):38-44. doi: 10.1037/pha0000231. PMCID: PMC6355373

Buckner, J.D., Zvolensky, M.J., Crosby, R.D., Wonderlich, S.A., *Ecker, A.H., & Richter, A. (2015). Antecedents and consequences of cannabis use among racially diverse cannabis users: An analysis from ecological momentary assessment. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 147, 20-25. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.12.022. PMCID: PMC4304386

Treatments and interventions:

Buckner, J.D., Zvolensky, M.J., & *Lewis, E.M. (2020). On-line personalized feedback intervention for negative affect and cannabis: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 28(2):143-149. doi: 10.1037/pha0000304

Buckner, J.D., Zvolensky, M.J., *Ecker, A.H., Schmidt, N.B., *Lewis, E.M., Paulus, D.J., Lopez-Gamundi, P., Crapanzano, K.A., Bakhshaie, J. (2019). Integrated cognitive behavioral therapy for comorbid cannabis use and anxiety disorders: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 115, 38-45. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2018.10.014. PMCID: PMC6409106

Buckner, J.D., Neighbors, C., *Walukevich-Dienst, K., & Young, C.M. (2019). Online personalized normative feedback intervention to reduce event-specific drinking during Mardi Gras. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 27(5), 466-473. doi: 10.1037/pha0000259. PMCID: PMC6746610

Psychological distress and/or substance misuse among underrepresented groups:

Buckner, J.D., *Morris, P.E., Shepherd, J.M., & Zvolensky, M.J. (in press). Ethnic-racial identity and hazardous drinking among Black drinkers: A test of the minority stress model. Addictive Behaviors. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.107218

Buckner, J.D., *Morris, P.E., Shepherd, J.M., & Zvolensky, M.J. (2022). Cannabis use among Black young adults: The interactive effects of ethnic-racial identity, anxiety, and sex. Cognitive Therapy and Research. doi: 10.1007/s10608-022-10296-y

Buckner, J. D., *Glover, N. I., Shepherd, J. M., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2022). Racial discrimination and hazardous drinking among Black drinkers: The role of social anxiety in the minority stress model. Substance Use and Misuse, 57(2), 256-262. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2021.2002903

*Dean, K.E., Long, A.C.L., Matthews, R.A., & Buckner, J.D. (2018). Willingness to seek treatment among Black students with anxiety or depression: The synergistic effect of sociocultural factors with symptom severity and intolerance of uncertainty. Behavior Therapy, 49(5), 691-701. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2017.12.008