Julia Buckner Named LSU Mid-Career Scholar Rainmaker


Dr. Julia BucknerDr. Julia Buckner, 2021 Mid-Career Scholar Rainmaker

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BATON ROUGE—Julia Buckner, professor in the LSU Department of Psychology in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and director of LSU’s Anxiety and Addictive Behaviors Laboratory and Clinic, has been named as a 2021 Rainmaker by the LSU Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED). ORED, in partnership with Campus Federal Credit Union, selects six faculty members who balance their teaching and research responsibilities while extending the impact of their work to the world beyond academia.
Buckner received the Rainmaker Award for Mid-Career Scholar in the Arts, Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences category for her exceptional research, creative activities, and scholarship. Rainmakers include faculty who are at the early, middle and senior stages of their careers and have established track records in securing external research funding and publishing in high-impact journals.
“Dr. Buckner has demonstrated a sustained program of excellence and is well known in her field,” said Troy Blanchard, dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. “Moreover, her research agenda has been supported by highly competitive federal funding from the Nation Institutes of Health and Department of Health & Human Services.”
Emily Elliott, chair of the Department of Psychology added, “Dr. Buckner’s accomplishments are like those of a senior scholar. She has been extremely prolific in her publications, has a track record of federal funding, and has received high-level recognition in her field.”
Buckner is also a clinical associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at LSU Health Sciences Center and a licensed clinical psychologist. She has published over 180 scholarly works primarily concerning psychological and sociocultural factors related to negative affect and/or substance misuse and strategies to increase treatment-seeking and improve treatment outcomes among those suffering from these conditions. Her lab has offered research opportunities to many graduate and undergraduate students, who are often coauthors on publications and conference presentations.
“I appreciate LSU’s support of this work. It highlights LSU’s commitment to research, including research that not only has implications to help people on a national and international level, but that has had a direct impact on people right here in Louisiana. Much of our recent work has been in collaboration with OLOL Hospital to integrate psychological services into medical treatment for substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder, and that work has been critical during the current opioid crisis we are in here in Baton Rouge.”
Buckner is the recipient of awards from organizations such as the American Psychological Association, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Addictive Behaviors & Anxiety Disorders Special Interest Groups. She also received the 2013 Emerging Scholar Rainmaker Award.
She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University.  
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Rainmaker Awards: https://www.lsu.edu/mediacenter/news/2022/03/02ored_rainmakers2021.php
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