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Vivia V. McCutcheon, PhD

Current Position
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

University Roles
Research; Faculty Scholar, Washington University Institute for Public Health; Faculty member, TranSTAR (Transdisciplinary Training in Addictions Research

Education and Training
Ph.D. in Social Work, Washington University, 2005


Areas of Research Interests
Genetic and environmental influences on recovery from substance use disorders; influence of social networks on cognitive changes in early recovery


Key Publications
McCutcheon VV, Grant JD, Heath AC, Bucholz KK, Sartor CE, Nelson EC, Madden PA, Martin NG (2012 Mar 16). Environmental influences predominate in remission from alcohol use disorder in young adult twins. Psychol Med. 1-11.  Full Article ->

McCutcheon VV, Kramer JR, Edenberg HJ, Nurnberger JI, Kuperman S, Schuckit MA, Heath AC, Bucholz KK (2014 Jul). Social contexts of remission from DSM-5 alcohol use disorder in a high-risk sample. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 38(7): 2015-23.  Full Article ->

McCutcheon VV, Lessov-Schlaggar CN, Steinley D, Bucholz KK (2014 Aug 1). Social network drinking and family history contribute equally to first-onset alcohol dependence in high risk adults. Drug Alcohol Depend. 141145-8.  Full Article ->

McCutcheon VV, Sartor CE, Pommer NE, Bucholz KK, Nelson EC, Madden PA, Heath AC (2010 Dec). Age at trauma exposure and PTSD risk in young adult women. J Trauma Stress. 23(6): 811-4.  Full Article ->

McCutcheon VV, Scherrer JF, Grant JD, Xian H, Haber JR, Jacob T, Bucholz KK (2013 Feb 1). Parent, sibling and peer associations with subtypes of psychiatric and substance use disorder comorbidity in offspring. Drug Alcohol Depend. 128(1-2): 20-9.  Full Article ->

McCutcheon VV, Heath AC, Edenberg HJ, Grucza RA, Hesselbrock VM, Kramer JR, Bierut LJ, Bucholz KK (2009 May). Alcohol criteria endorsement and psychiatric and drug use disorders among DUI offenders: greater severity among women and multiple offenders. Addict Behav. 34(5): 432-9.  Full Article ->


Funded Research Projects
NIAAA(PI):Predictors of Alcohol Recovery and Relapse Among Female Drunk Drivers
University Research Strategic Alliance (Co-PI): Social Networks as External Executive Control in Early Recovery from Alcohol Use Disorders
NIAAA(Key Personnel):Genetic Epidemiologic Models of Alcohol Abuse
NIAAA(Key Personnel):Parental Alcoholism & Child Environmental Risk
NIDA(Key Personnel):Gene Environment in Outcomes of Offspring of Twins with Substance Use Disorders