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Jennifer Buckman

Associate Professor

Area:  Substance Use / Behavior Change
End Degree:  Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscience
Office:  Smithers 225 - Busch Campus
Phone:  848-445-0793
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The influence of alcohol and drug use on the body, brain, and behavior.

Laboratory:  Cardiac Neuroscience Laboratory
                      Ahtlete Health and Neuroscience Laboratory
Lab Location:  Smithers 107

Educational/Research Interests

The Brain-Body Link

  • Characterizing physiological indicators of adaptability, including heart rate, vascular tone, stroke volume, and blood pressure variability.
  • Examining how automatic physiological processes support substance use behavior and interfere with conscious efforts to change behavior.
  • Exploring the link between neural processing and cardiovascular dynamics and how this link is disrupted by alcohol and other drug use behaviors.

The Cognitive, Social, and Genetic Influences of Alcohol

  • Understanding the relationship of chronic drinking and cognitive impairments.
  • Deconstructing the role of social support on substance use behaviors.
  • Integrating genetic data to understand drinking behavior and change behavior.

Athlete Health and Neuroscience

  • Understanding the prevalence and motivations for risky health behaviors (e.g., concussion symptom hiding, drug and alcohol use) among student athletes.
  • Identifying objective physiological indicators of sports-related concussions to predict recovery timelines and inform return-to-activity decisions.

Awards and Achievements

GRANT K02AA025123. Deconstructing the Temporal and Multi-Level Influences of the Baroreflex Mechanism on Alcohol Use Behaviors. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA, NIH). May 2017 – May 2022. Principal Investigator.

GRANT R01AA023667. Project IMPACT: In-the-Moment Protection from Automatic Capture by Triggers. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA, NIH). Feb 2015 – Dec 2019. Principal Investigator w/ M. Bates.

GRANT CBIR14IRG020. Validating HRV as an Objective Clinical Measure of TBI Symptom Severity and Recovery to Inform Physicians' Return-To-Play Decisions. State of New Jersey, Commission on Brain Injury Research. June 2014 – May 2018. Principal Investigator.

GRANT CDC-RFA-DD14-1402. Mental Health and Rehabilitation FASD Practice and Implementation Center (MRPIC). Center for Disease Control, Subcontract from University of Missouri. Feb 2016 – Sept 2018. Subcontract Principal Investigator.

President-Elect. Society of Addiction Psychology (Division 50, American Psychological Association). 2017 – 2019.

Assistant Field Editor. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 2015 – present.

Grantsmanship Coach. National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Academic Network. 2015 – 2016.

Editorial Board. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 2014 – present.

Distinguished Service Award. Society of Addiction Psychology. 2013.

Selected Publications

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1. Buckman JF, Eddie D, Vaschillo EG, Vaschillo B, Garcia A, Bates ME (2015). Immediate and complex cardiovascular adaptation to an acute alcohol dose. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 39(12):2334-44.

2. Fonoberova M, Mezic I, Buckman JF, Fonoberov VA, Mezic A, Vaschillo EG, Mun EY, Vaschillo B, Bates ME (2014). A computational physiology approach to personalized treatment models: The beneficial effects of slow breathing on the human cardiovascular system. American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology 307: H1073-1091.

3. Lehrer P, Buckman JF, Vaschillo EG, Vaschillo B, Udo T, Mun EY, Nguyen, T, Bates ME (2013). Negative mood and alcohol problems are related to respiratory dynamics in young adults. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback 38: 273-283.

4. Udo T, Mun EY, Buckman JF, Vaschillo E, Vaschillo B, Bates ME (2013). Potential side effects of unhealthy lifestyle choices and health risks on basal and reactive heart rate variability in college drinkers. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 74: 787-796.

5. Buckman JF, Farris SG, Yusko DA (2013). A national study of substance use behaviors among NCAA male athletes who use banned performance enhancing substances. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 131:50-55.

6. Bates ME, Buckman JF (2013). Integrating body and brain systems in addiction neuroscience. In Biological Research on Addiction: Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders, P Miller (Ed.), Volume 2, Academic Press: New York, pp.187-197.

7. Bates ME and Buckman JF (2011) Emotional dysregulation in the moment: Why some college students may not mature out of hazardous alcohol and drug use. In College Student Drinking and Drug Use: Multiple Perspectives on a Complex Problem, HR White and D Rabiner (Eds.), Guilford Press: New York, p. 83-101.

8. Yusko DA, Buckman JF, White HR, Pandina RJ (2008) Alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and performance enhancers: a comparison of use by college student athletes and nonathletes. Journal of American College Health 57: 281-290.

Dr. Buckman's Biosketch


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