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Elisa Trucco

Title: Assistant Professor

Office: AHC1 237

Phone: 305-348-8426

Email: etrucco@fiu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Department(s): Psychology, Center for Children and Families

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.

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 Areas

  • Etiology of adolescent substance use
  • Biological, social, and personality characteristics impacting the development of adolescent problem behavior
  • Developmental social ecological models