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Laura Juliano

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Director, Behavioral Pharmacology and Health Promotion Laboratory, American University
  • Laura M. Juliano earned her PhD. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research addresses cognitive and behavioral mechanisms that influence drug taking and drug effects with an emphasis on tobacco and caffeine.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Clinical Psychology, State University of New York at Binghamton
    BA, Psychology, State University of New York at Binghamton

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  • Asbury - 135
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  • Spring 2014

    • PSYC-497 Topics in Psychology: Psychology of Drug Dependence
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  • Fall 2014

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Laura M. Juliano conducts research on cognitive and behavioral factors that influence drug taking and drug effects. The goal of this research is to better understand the development and treatment of drug dependence. Her research focuses on tobacco and caffeine; two widely used and important psychoactive drugs, which also serve as suitable models for examining basic factors in drug dependence.

Selected Publications

  • Juliano, L.M. & Brandon, T.H. (1998). Reactivity to instructed smoking availability and environmental cues: Evidence with urge and reaction time. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 6, 45-53.
  • Juliano, L.M. & Brandon, T.H. (2002). The effects of nicotine dose, instructional set, and outcome expectancies on the subjective effects of smoking in the presence of a stressor. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 111, 88-97.
  • Juliano, L.M. & Brandon, T.H. (2004). Smokers’ expectancies for cigarettes versus nicotine replacement products. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 6, 569-574.
  • Juliano, L.M. & Griffiths, R.R. (2004). A critical review of caffeine withdrawal: Empirical validation of symptoms and signs, incidence, severity, and associated features. Psychopharmacology, 176, 1-29.
  • Juliano, L.M. & Griffiths, R.R. (2005). Caffeine. In Lowinson, J.H., Ruiz, P., Millman, R.B., Langrod, J.G. (Eds.). Substance Abuse: A Comprehensive Textbook, Fourth Edition. (pp 403-421). Baltimore: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.
  • Juliano, L.M., Donny, E.C., Houtsmuller, E. & Stitzer, M.L. (2006). Experimental evidence for a causal relationship between smoking lapse and relapse. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 115, 166-173.
  • Juliano, L.M., Houtsmuller, E., & Stitzer, M.L. (2006). A test of rapid smoking as a lapse-responsive treatment for tobacco dependence. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 14, 429-438.
  • Fucito, L.M. & Juliano, L.M. (2007). Effects of instructions on responses to the nicotine patch: a laboratory based study. Psychopharmacology, 194, 475-483.

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Co-investigator (Awarded 7/02). Experimental Analysis of Smoking Relapse.  National Cancer Institute. PI: Maxine L. Stitzer, Ph.D. RO1 DA15084-01.
  • Principal Investigator (Awarded 9/04). Disentangling pharmacological and expectancy effects.  National Institute on Drug Abuse. 1 R03 DA18709-01.
  • Faculty Sponsor (Awarded 9/07). Depression and smoking: The role of gender and cognitive control. National Institute on Drug Abuse. National Research Service Award. PI: Lisa M. Fucito, M.A.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Laura Griffin Humanitarian Award, Medical University of South Carolina, July, 2000
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award for Division 28 of the American Psychological Association, 2002

Professional Presentations

  • Juliano, L.M. (May, 2002). Effective smoking cessation: Special considerations for women. GMBC Women’s Health Conference. Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Baltimore, MD
  • Juliano, L.M. (August, 2002). Anxiolytic effects of smoking: Partitioning nicotine and expectancies. American Psychological Association. Chicago, IL. (Invited Awards Presentation)
  • Juliano, L.M. (May, 2004). Disentangling pharmacological and non-pharmacological motives for smoking. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA
  • Juliano, L.M. (October, 2004). Conditioning and extinction in nicotine and tobacco addiction. Duke Nicotine Research Conference. Durham, North Carolina.
  • Juliano, L.M. (April, 2006). Disentangling pharmacological and non-pharmacological motives for smoking. Department of Psychology. George Mason University.
  • Juliano, L.M. (July, 2006). Non-pharmacological motives for tobacco use. World Conference on Tobacco or Health. Plenary session. Washington D.C.
  • Juliano, L.M. (November, 2007). Caffeine. Department of Defense Dietary Supplement Committee. Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Media Appearances

  • Television: Good Morning America , FOX news, Korean Broadcasting Station, Rai Uno Channel
  • Radio: National Public Radio, Health Radio Network, Voice of America
  • Magazine: Prevention Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, New York
  • Magazine, Allure, Women’s Health, Training and Conditioning, Glamour
  • Newspaper: The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Associated Press,
  • Newhouse News Service, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News

AU Expert

Area of Expertise: Caffeine, smoking, psychology

Additional Information: Laura M. Juliano supervises the Behavioral Pharmacology and Health Promotion Laboratory, a human experimental and clinical research laboratory in the Department of Psychology at American University. The laboratory conducts research on smoking and caffeine usage. Her 2004 research study on caffeine withdrawal was covered by numerous media outlets, including ABC's Good Morning America, CNN, and the Washington Post.  Her research has also been featured in documentaries aired in the United States, Italy, and South Korea.

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