Current Research Projects

Exercise: Addressing Stress in Relapse Prevention in Substance Use Disorders 

The purpose of this study is to examine the utility of exercise as a relapse prevention strategy for individuals withExercise substance use disorders who have recently completed inpatient treatment.  We will examine individuals’ biological response to stress  in relation to engagement in exercise and relapse.


Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis Study: Gambling and Stress

The purpose of this study is to compare stress responses of recreational and hpagampathological gamblers responses in stressful and gambling situations to better understand group differences in biological indicators of stress.

If you are interested in participating in this study, contact Jeremiah at (314) 977-2293 or wagerlab@slu.edu to see if you are eligible.


Executive Functions and Stress Reactivity: Moderating Variables in Substance Use Disorder

pexels-photo-301692This study evaluates the role of self-regulation failure as a mechanism by which substance use disorder is developed and maintained. Specifically, the effects of stress reactivity and executive functions will be evaluated as moderating variables on treatment outcomes in a sample of incarcerated men with substance use problems.

Primary Investigator: Kyler Mulhauser, M.A.


Gambling Attitude and Brief Treatment among Ex-Offenders with Problematic Gambling

roulette-roulette-wheel-ball-turnThe purpose of this study is to investigate gambling attitudes and barriers to treatment among ex-offenders, as well as pilot a brief, motivationally-based intervention. Additionally, attitude will also be assessed among probation and parole officers.

Primary Investigator: Laura April, M.S.


The Relationship between College Health Behaviors and Executive Functioning

pexels-photo-128402College is a time of new found freedom, as well as a time of increased unhealthy behaviors (e.g., poor diet, greater substance use, poor sleep, inactivity, etc.) for many emerging adults. The aims of this study are two-fold. First, the study will attempt to replicate prior research suggesting that 4 “clusters” defined by engagement in health behaviors will emerge characterized by (1) high engagement in health behaviors and low substance use, (2) high engagement in health behaviors and high substance use, (3) low engagement in health behaviors and low substance use, and (4) low engagement in health and high substance use. Secondly, executive functions have been found to predict engagement in individual health behaviors, it is hypothesized that those who engage in greater health behaviors will exhibit greater executive functioning capacity compared to those that engage in fewer health behaviors.

Primary Investigator: Andrew McGrath, B.A.

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