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Marc Schuckit

Title(s)Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolHealth Sciences
Phone858-822-0880
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    Biography

    Dr. Schuckit received a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, an M.D. from Washington University, interned at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and was a resident in psychiatry at Washington University and UCSD. He was a special advisor to the Commanding Officer of the Naval Health Research Center (1972–1974), and the first Director of the Alcohol and Drug Institute, University of Washington (1975–1978). He returned to San Diego in 1978 as Director of the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program, University of California, San Diego, and the VA San Diego Healthcare System, which he directed until July 1, 2009. His research focuses on genetic and environmental influences in alcohol and drug use disorders, comorbid psychiatric conditions in the context of alcohol and drug use, and diagnostic systems related to these conditions. Dr. Schuckit’s recent projects include increasing the understanding of the biologic underpinnings of the low sensitivity to alcohol through functional brain imaging techniques, and implementing a program to decrease heavy drinking in adolescents by teaching them about genetically influenced characteristics they carry that increase their risks for alcohol-related problems.

    Research Interests

    Dr. Schuckit’s major focus is alcohol and drugs. He was Chair of the DSM-IV substance disorders workgroup and a member of the DSM-V committee. In addition, he has published papers about the optimal diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders. Regarding the genetics of alcoholism, Dr. Schuckit has carried out adoption-type studies, identified a genetic characteristic that impacts on elevated alcoholism risk (the low level of response to alcohol), and is now uncovering related genes. He is currently completing a 25-year follow-up (94% success rate) of sons of alcoholics where he is identifying environmental events that might relate to how the biological predisposition toward alcohol dependence is mediated. An additional research area is co-morbidity between substance use disorders and major psychiatric conditions.

    Clinical Focus

    Dr. Schuckit directed the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, and still supervises residents, medical students, and staff. He is also a major contact person regarding alcohol and drug problems in students, faculty, and staff at UCSD and the San Diego VA. Additional clinical interests include the treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety conditions, and geriatric psychiatric populations.

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    Using Placebo and Alcohol Session fMRI to Predict Adverse Alcohol Outcomes
    NIH/NIAAA R21AA021827Jul 1, 2013 - Jun 30, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    PREVENTION APPROACH TO COLLEGE HEAVY DRINKING BASED ON A LOW RESPONSE TO ALCOHOL
    NIH/NIAAA R01AA021162Feb 1, 2013 - Jan 31, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    LEVEL OF RESPONSE TO ALCOHOL AND BRAIN FUNCTIONING
    NIH/NIAAA R01AA015760Aug 15, 2006 - Jun 30, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA)
    NIH U10AA008401Sep 29, 1989 - Aug 31, 2019
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Prospective Study: Alcoholic &Control Family Offspring
    NIH/NIAAA R01AA005526Sep 29, 1982 - Mar 31, 2010
    Role: Principal Investigator