Elisa Trucco

Elisa Trucco

Contact Information

Office: AHC-1 Room 237
Email: etrucco@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-8426

Lab Website: http:/reachlab.fiu.edu

Education

  • NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • NIAAA T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Alcoholism Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Clinical Internship, Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
  • B.A., Psychology (minor in Women’s Studies and Spanish), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Research Interests

Dr. Trucco’s program of research is grounded in developmental psychopathology. Her work examines the etiology of substance use from a social ecological perspective. This involves delineating risk and protective factors for the development of adolescent problem behavior and substance use across multiple levels of analysis, including biological factors (genetics), social environments (peers, parents, neighborhoods), and individual characteristics (temperament, personality). Namely, she is interested in examining genetic and personality factors that increase or decrease susceptibility to parenting practices and peer influence for engaging in substance use. Dr. Trucco also investigates developmental pathways to substance use onset through genetic factors, temperament, externalizing behavior, and social influences. The primary aim of this programmatic work is to uniquely contribute to the improvement of existing prevention programs for youth.

Selected Publications

Trucco, E. M., Villafuerte, S., Heitzeg, M. M., Burmeister, M., & Zucker, R. A. (in press). Susceptibility effects of GABRA2 variants and parental monitoring on externalizing behavior trajectories: Risk and protection are both conveyed by the minor allele, Development and Psychopathology.

Scalco, M., Trucco, E. M., Coffman, D., & Colder, C. R. (in press). Selection and socialization effects in early adolescent alcohol use: A propensity score analysis, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Trucco, E. M., Villafuerte, S., Heitzeg, M. M., Burmeister, M., & Zucker, R. A. (2014). Rule breaking mediates the developmental association between GABRA2 and adolescent substance abuse, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55(12), 1372-1379.

Villafuerte, S., Trucco, E. M., Heitzeg, M. M., Burmeister, M., & Zucker, R. A. (in press). Moderation effects of GABRA2 and peer delinquency on externalizing behavior in adolescents at risk for alcohol use disorder, Brain and Behavior. *authors contributed equally to this work.

Trucco, E. M., Wright, A. G. C., & Colder, C. R. (2014). Stability and change of social goals in adolescence, Journal of Personality, 82(5), 379-389.

Glaser, Y., Zubieta, J. K., Hsu, D. T., Villafuerte, S., Mickey, B. J., Trucco, E. M., Burmeister, M., Zucker R. A., & Heitzeg, M. M. (2014). Right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex mediates the effect of the corticotropin-releasing hormone receptor 1 (CRHR1) gene variation on negative emotionality and alcohol use, Journal of Neuroscience, 34(11), 4099-4107.

Trucco, E. M., Colder, C. R., Wieczorek, W. F., Lengua, L. J., & Hawk, L. W. Jr. (2014). Early adolescent alcohol use in context: How neighborhoods, parents, and peers impact youth, Development and Psychopathology, 26, 425-436.

Sugarman, D., Kaufman, J. S., Trucco, E. M., Brown, J. C., & Greenfield, S. F. (2014). Predictors of drinking and functional outcomes for men and women following inpatient alcohol treatment, American Journal on Addictions, 23(3), 226-233.

Rhodes, J., Colder, C. R., Trucco, E. M., Speidel, C., Hawk, L. W., Jr., Lengua, L. J. & Eiden, R.D., & Wieczorek, W. F. (2013). The interaction between self-regulation and motivation prospectively predicting problem behavior in adolescence, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 42(5), 681-692.

Colder, C. R., Scalco, M., Trucco, E. M., Read, J. P., Lengua, L. J., Wieczorek, W. F., & Hawk, L. W., Jr. (2013). Prospective associations between internalizing and externalizing behavior problems and their co-occurrence and early adolescent substance use, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41(4), 667-677.

Trucco, E. M., Wright, A. G. C., & Colder, C. R. (2013). A revised interpersonal circumplex inventory of children’s social goals, Assessment, 20(1), 98-113.

Trucco, E. M., Colder, C. R., & Wieczorek, W. F. (2011). Vulnerability to peer influence: A moderated mediation study of early adolescent intentions to drink. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 729-736.

Colder, C. R., Trucco, E. M., Lopez, H. I., Hawk, L. W., Jr., Read, J. P., Lengua, L. J., Wieczorek, W. F., & Eiden, R. D. (2011). Revised reinforcement sensitivity theory and laboratory assessment of BIS and BAS in children. Journal of Research in Personality, 45(2), 198-207.

Trucco, E. M., Colder, C. R., Bowker, J. C., & Wieczorek, W. F. (2011). Interpersonal goals and susceptibility to peer influence: Risk factors for intentions to initiate substance use during early adolescence. Journal of Early Adolescence, 31(4), 526-547.

Benningfield, M., Trucco, E., Barreira, P. J., & Greenfield, S. F. (2009). Treatment of alcohol intoxication at university health services: Examining clinical characteristics, drinking patterns, and adherence with referral. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 53(1), 54-68.

Jaffee, W. Trucco, E., Teter, C., Levy, S., & Weiss, R. D. (2008). Focus on alcohol and drug abuse: Ensuring validity in urine drug testing. Psychiatric Services, 59,140-142 (PMID18245154).

Trucco, E., Connery, H. S., Griffin, M. L., & Greenfield, S. F. (2007). The relationship between self-esteem and self-efficacy to treatment outcomes of alcohol dependent men and women. American Journal on Addictions, 16, 85-92.

Jaffee, W. Trucco, E., Teter, C., Levy, S., & Weiss, R. D. (2007). Is this urine really negative? A systematic review of tampering methods in urine drug testing. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 33, 33-42.

Greenfield, S. F., Trucco, E., Lincoln, M., McHugh, R. K., & Gallop, R. (2007). The Women’s Recovery Group Study: A Stage I Trial of women-focused group therapy for substance use disorders versus mixed-gender group drug counseling. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 90, 39-47.