Kathleen Bucholz

Professor of Psychiatry

Additional Titles & Roles


  • Human Studies Committee, 2000-present
  • Executive Director, Family Research Center (formerly the Missouri Family Registry), 2007-2011; 2014-present
  • University Sexual Assault Investigation Board, 2016-present

Education & Training


  • MPE: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1990
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Psychiatric Epidemiology: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1989
  • Predoctoral Fellowship: Psychiatric Epidemiology: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1986
  • PhD: Epideminiology: Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1986
  • MPH: Yale College, New Haven, CT, 1976
  • BA: Yale College, New Haven, CT, 1972

Major Awards


  • Distinguished Faculty Award Postgraduate Education, Washington University, 2017
  • Academic Women’s Network Mentor Award, 2010

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


Funded Research Projects


NIAAA(Significant Contributor):Distinctions Between Black and White Young Women in the Course of Alcohol Use
NIAAA(Significant Contributor):Enriching Alcoholism Cohort and Population Studies
NIAAA(Significant Contributor):Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA)
NIAAA(MPI):Outcomes of Recurrent DUI-Moms & Their Children
NIAAA(Significant Contributor):Neighborhood, Family and Individual Factors in Adolescent Drinking
NIAAA(Significant Contributor):Pharmacokinetics and Subjective Responses to Alcohol after Bariatric Surgery
NIDA(Significant Contributor):Cannabis, Depression and Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors