Anxiety and Addictive Behaviors Laboratory

Louisiana State University

The Anxiety and Addictive Behaviors Research Laboratory is a clinical research laboratory within the Department of Psychology at LSU.

Our primary aim is to understand the factors involved in the development and maintenance of anxiety disorders and substance use disorders and to use this knowledge to improve the evidence-based assessment and treatment of these disorders.  In addition to conducting this research, we also provide evidence-based clinical services through the Anxiety & Addictive Behaviors Clinic.


Phone: (225) 578-5778

Fax: (225) 578-4125

In the News:


AABC director Dr. Julia Buckner’s research was recently featured in Newsweek (see article here)


Our research on the relationship between anxiety and cannabis use disorders was featured on the front page of The Advocate (see article here)


WJBO interviewed Dr. Buckner on the relationship between anxiety and cannabis use disorders (here interview here)


Dr. Buckner’s research on the impact of co-occurring social anxiety among those with cannabis use disorders is being feature in NIDA Notes, a publication of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (see article here)


We are currently working to test the efficacy of a therapy developed specifically to treat co-occurring anxiety and marijuana use disorders. The Psychology Times, an Independent Newspaper for Louisiana Psychologists, featured our work on this treatment (see article here)


Dr. Buckner receives funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse to Conduct a Treatment Development & Evaluation Project for those with Co-occurring Cannabis Dependence & Anxiety (for more information on the study, click here)


Graduate Student News:


Congratulations to Tony Ecker, who’s poster was selected from a highly competitive group of submissions to receive the 2014 Poster Award from the ABCT Addictive Behaviors SIG! Tony’s poster Antecedents and Consequences of Cannabis Use among Racially Diverse Community Cannabis Users: An Analysis from Ecological Momentary Assessment will be presented at the ABCT 48th Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA.


We are pleased to welcome incoming graduate student Kimberlye Dean to our lab!


Tony Ecker presented his research, Cannabis-Related Problems and Social Anxiety: The Impact of Beliefs Regarding a Close Friend’s Cannabis-Related Problems, along with research associate Ashley Richter at the 2014 APA Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction (CPA) Division 50 Conference in Atlanta, GA.


Undergraduate Student News:


Congratulations to undergraduate RA Kayli Alphonso, who was chosen for the LSU ASPIRE summer program and awarded $1,000 to support her research!


Congratulations to RA Mary Claire Ferachi, who was accepted into the University of Colorado at Denver’s clinical mental health counseling program!


Congratulations to RA Cassidy Fischer, who was accepted into the Loyola University’s clinical mental health counseling program!


Congratulations to RA Emily Mix, who was accepted into Southern Methodist University’s law school program!