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Psychological Sciences at MU
Wendy Slutske

Wendy Slutske, Preceptor

212A McAlester Hall
Genetic Epidemiology Laboratory

Research area(s):

  • the etiology and comorbidity of alcohol use disorders and other addictive/disinhibitory disorders (e.g. pathological gambling, antisocial behavior disorders) among women versus men;
  • explaining the genetic and environmental underpinnings of alcohol use disorders and other addictive/disinhibitory disorders;
  • the description and classification of addictive/disinhibitory disorders -- recent work in this area has focused on better describing individual differences in the course of disordered gambling and disordered drinking behavior.

Most of my research employs the study of twins, the families (offspring) of twins, or large representative epidemiologic surveys of the general population.


Ellingson, J. M.*, Slutske, W. S., & Martin, N. G. (2010). The reliability and validity of the family history method for assessing pathological gambling and gambling involvement.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24, 292-299.  PMID: 20565155   PMCID: PMC2891551.

Goudriaan, A., Slutske, W. S., Krull, J. L., & Sher, K. J. (2009).  Longitudinal patterns of gambling activities and associated risk factors in college students.  Addiction, 104, 1219-1232. PMID:19438422  PMCID: PMC2818490.

Littlefield, A. K.*, Agrawal, A., Ellingson, J. M.*, Kristjansson, S., Madden, P. A. F., Bucholz, K. K., Slutske,W. S., Heath, A. C., & Sher, K. J. (in press).  Does variance in drinking motives explain the genetic overlap between personality and alcohol use disorder symptoms? A twin study of young women.  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Meier, M. H.*, Slutske, W. S., Arndt, S., & Cadoret, R. J .  (2007). Positive alcohol expectancies partially mediate the relation between delinquent behavior and alcohol use:  Generalizability across age, sex, and race in a cohort of 85,000 Iowa schoolchildren.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 21, 25-34. PMID: 17385952.

Meier, M. H.*, Slutske, W. S., Arndt, S., & Cadoret, R. J.  (2008). Impulsive and callous traits are more strongly associated with delinquent behavior in higher risk neighborhoods among boys and girls.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 117, 377-385. PMID: 18489213.

Meier, M. H.*, Slutske, W. S., Heath, A. C., & Martin, N. G. (2009).   The role of harsh discipline in explaining sex differences in conduct disorder: A study of opposite-sex twin pairs.  Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 37, 653-664. PMID: 19280334  PMCID: PMC3082278.

Meier, M. H.*, Slutske, W. S., Heath, A. C., & Martin, N. G. (2011).  Sex differences in the genetic and environmental influences on childhood conduct disorder and adult antisocial behavior.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 377-388. PMID: 21319923  PMCID: PMC3091998.

Piasecki, T. M., Slutske, W. S., Wood, P. K., & Hunt-Carter, E. E.* (2010).  Frequency and correlates of diary-measured hangover-like experiences in a college sample.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24, 163-169.  PMID: 20307125  PMCID: PMC2846557.

Robertson, B. M.*, Piasecki, T. M., Slutske, W. S., Wood, P. K., Sher, K. J., Shiffman, S., & Heath, A. C. (in press).  Validity of the Hangover Symptoms Scale: Evidence from an Electronic Diary Study. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Slutske, W. S., Bascom, E. N., Meier, M. H.*, Medland, S. E., & Martin, N. G. (2010).  Sensation seeking in females from opposite- versus same-sex twin pairs: Hormone transfer or sibling imitation?  Behavior Genetics. epub ahead of print.  PMID: 21140202.

Slutske, W. S., Hunt-Carter, E. E.*, Nabors-Oberg, R. E., Sher, K. J., Bucholz, K. K., Madden, P.A.F., Anokhin, A., & Heath, A. C. (2004).  Do college students drink more than their non-college-attending peers? Evidence from a population-based longitudinal female twin study.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 113, 530-540. PMID: 15535786.

Slutske, W. S., Meier, M. H.*, Zhu, G., Statham, D. J., Blaszczynski, A., & Martin, N. G. (2009).  The Australian twin study of gambling (OZ-GAM): Rationale, sample description, predictors of participation, and a first look at sources of individual differences in gambling involvement.  Twin Research and Human Genetics, 12, 63-78.  PMID: 19210181.

Slutske, W. S., Piasecki, T. M., & Hunt-Carter, E. E.* (2003).  Development and initial validation of the Hangover Symptoms Scale: Prevalence and correlates of hangover symptoms in college students.  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 27, 1442-1450. PMID: 14506405.

Slutske, W. S., Piasecki, T. M., Ellingson, J. M.*, & Martin, N. G. (2010).  The family history method in disordered gambling research: A comparison of reports from discordant twin pairs.  Twin Research and Human Genetics, 13, 340-346. PMID: 20707704.

Slutske, W. S., Zhu, G., Meier, M. H.*, & Martin, N. G. (2010). Genetic and environmental influences on disordered gambling in men and women. Archives of General Psychiatry, 67, 624-630.  PMID: 20530012.

2009 Curators of the University of Missouri. DMCA and other copyright information. An equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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