Elisa M. Trucco

Associate Professor; Associate Director of Clinical Training

Psychology; Center for Children and Families

Office: AHC1 237

Phone: 305-348-8426

Email: etrucco@fiu.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Trucco (she/her/hers) is the director of the Research on Adolescent and Child Health (ReACH) Lab, which is committed to identifying biological, social, and personality factors that lead to alcohol, e-cigarette, and drug use among adolescents and young adults. Dr. Trucco's program of research is focused on understanding early risk and protective factors that lead to adolescent delinquency and substance use. Informed by developmental theory, her work examines how factors such as early childhood stressors, personality, biology, parenting, and peers impact risk for substance use across childhood into young adulthood. Ultimately, the goal of this line of research is to improve substance use prevention programming for children and teens. Dr. Trucco's research is currently funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).

Research Areas

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


  • 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
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
  • BA, Psychology (minor in Women's Studies and Spanish), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA