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Kathleen K. Bucholz, PhD

Current Position
Professor of Psychiatry

University Roles
Human Studies Committee, 7/2000-present; Director, Missouri Family Registry,1/2007 - 2011; 2014-.; University Sexual Assault Investigation Board 2016-

Education and Training
B.A., Yale College, New Haven, CT , 1972
M.P.H., Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1976
Predoctoral fellow, Psychiatric Epidemiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1984-86
Ph.D., Epidemiology, Yale Univ., New Haven, CT, 1986
Master in Psychiatric Epidemiology, WUSM, 1990
Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatric Epidemiology, WUSM, 1986-89

Major Awards
Academic Women’s Network Mentor Award, 2010
Distinguished Faculty Award Postgraduate Education, WUSM, 2017


Areas of Research Interests
Development and course of alcohol and other substance use disorders in general population, family and twin samples. Gene-environnment influences in SUD development, persistence and remission. Race/Ethnic differences in development of SUDs and other psychiatric disorders. Maternal v paternal influences on offspring psychosocial and SUD and other psychopathological outcomes. Psychiatric assessment and classification.


Key Publications
Bucholz Kathleen K.,McCutcheon Vivia V.,Agrawal Arpana,Dick Danielle M.,Hesselbrock Victor M.,Kramer John R.,Kuperman Samuel,Nurnberger John I.,Salvatore Jessica E.,Schuckit Marc A.,Bierut Laura J.,Foroud Tatiana M.,Chan Grace,Hesselbrock Michie,Meyers Jacquelyn L.,Edenberg Howard J.,Porjesz Bernice,;Comparison of parent, peer, psychiatric, and cannabis use influences across stages of offspring alcohol involvement: Evidence from the COGA Prospective Study;February 2017;;  Full Article ->

Werner Kimberly B.,Sartor Carolyn E.,McCutcheon Vivia V.,Grant Julia D.,Nelson Elliot C.,Heath Andrew C.,Bucholz Kathleen K.,;The association of specific traumatic experiences with alcohol initiation and transitions to problem use in European American and African American women;November 2016;;  Full Article ->

Grant Julia D.,Waldron Mary,Sartor Carolyn E.,Scherrer Jeffrey F.,Duncan Alexis E.,McCutcheon Vivia V.,Haber Jon Randolph,Jacob Theodore,Heath Andrew C.,Bucholz Kathleen K.,;Parental separation and offspring alcohol involvement:Findings from offspring of alcoholic and drug dependent twin fathers;July 2015;;  Full Article ->

McCutcheon Vivia V.,Scherrer Jeffrey F.,Grant Julia D.,Xian Hong,Haber Jon Randolph,Jacob Theodore,Bucholz Kathleen K,;Parent, Sibling and Peer Associations with Subtypes of Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorder Comorbidity in Offspring;;  Full Article ->

Edens EL, Glowinski AL, Grazier KL, Bucholz KK (2008 Jan 11). The 14-year course of alcoholism in a community sample: do men and women differ? Drug Alcohol Depend. 93(1-2): 1-11.  Full Article ->

Duncan Alexis E.,Lessov-Schlaggar Christina N.,Sartor Carolyn E.,Bucholz Kathleen K.,;Differences in time to onset of smoking and nicotine dependence by race/ethnicity in a Midwestern sample of adolescents and young adults from a high risk family study;;  Full Article ->


Funded Research Projects
NIMH(Significant Contributor):Prescription Opioid Analgesics and Risk of Major Depression
American Cancer Society(Key Personnel):Nicotine Withdrawal and Depression and Effects on Smoking Persistence
NIDA(Significant Contributor):Cannabis, Depression and Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors
NIAAA(Key Personnel):Age at First Drink and Alcoholism: Intersection of Genes and Environment
NIAAA(Significant Contributor):Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA)
NIAAA(Significant Contributor):Distinctions Between Black and White Young Women in the Course of Alcohol Use