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Julia Grant, PhD

Current Position
Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Education and Training
A.B.: Psychology, Davidson College, 1989
M.A.: Psychology, Wake Forest University, 1993
Ph.D.: Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 1997


Areas of Research Interests
Developmental behavioral genetics, with a primary focus on alcohol, cannabis, and other illicit drug use, abuse, and dependence in adolescence and adulthood. Examination of genetic and environmental contributions to substance use patterns through large-scale longitudinal twin, family, and offspring-of-twin studies. Use of quantitative genetic, molecular genetic, latent class, and regression analysis, to better understand the development of substance use problems. The role of gene-environment interplay in substance use. Transitions in substance use, and the impact of developmental transitions on substance use and problems.


Key Publications
Grant JD, Lynskey MT, Madden PA, Nelson EC, Few LR, Bucholz KK, Statham DJ, Martin NG, Heath AC, Agrawal A, (2015 Dec). The role of conduct disorder in the relationship between alcohol, nicotine and cannabis use disorders. Psychol Med. 45(16): 3505-15.  Full Article ->

Sartor CE, Grant JD, Agrawal A, Sadler B, Madden PAF, Heath AC, Bucholz KK (2015 Dec). Genetic and environmental contributions to initiation of cigarette smoking in young African-American and European-American women. Drug Alcohol Depend. 157: 154-59.  Full Article ->

Few LR, Werner KB, Sartor CE, Grant JD, Trull TJ, Nock MK, Bucholz KK, Deitz SK, Glowinski AL, Martin NG, Nelson EC, Statham DJ, Madden PA, Heath AC, Lynskey MT, Agrawal A, (2015 Nov). Early onset alcohol use and self-harm: a discordant twin analysis. Alcohol. Clin. Exp. Res.. 39(11): 2134-42.  Full Article ->

Munn-Chernoff MA, Grant JD, Agrawal A,Sartor CE, Werner KB, Bucholz KK, Madden PAF, Heath AC, Duncan AE (2015 Aug). Genetic overlap between alcohol use disorder and bulimic behaviors in European American and African American women. Drug Alcohol Depend: 153: 335-340  Full Article ->

Grant JD, Waldron M, Sartor CE, Scherrer JF, Duncan AE, McCutcheon VV, Haber JR, Jacob T, Heath AC, Bucholz KK, (2015 Jul). Parental Separation and Offspring Alcohol Involvement: Findings from Offspring of Alcoholic and Drug Dependent Twin Fathers. Alcohol. Clin. Exp. Res.. 39(7): 1166-73.  Full Article ->

Grant JD, Scherrer JF, Lynskey MT, Agrawal A, Duncan AE, Haber JR, Heath AC, Bucholz KK, (2012 Aug). Associations of alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and drug use/dependence with educational attainment: evidence from cotwin-control analyses. Alcohol. Clin. Exp. Res.. 36(8): 1412-20.  Full Article ->


Funded Research Projects
NIDA(Key Personnel):Cannabis Use, Abuse and Dependence: Exploring Phenotypes
NIAAA(Key Personnel):Molecular Epidemiology of Alcoholism 3 - EDAC Families
NIDA(Key Personnel):Gene Environment in Outcomes of Offspring of Twins with Substance Use Disorders
NIAAA(Key Personnel):Early Alcohol Use Onset: Influence of Religion-Spiritual Dimension
NIAAA(Key Personnel):Offspring of Twins: G, E and GxE Risks for Alcoholism
NIDA(Key Personnel):The Genetics of Vulnerability to Nicotine Addictions