Joseph P. Schacht, Ph.D.

Medical University of South Carolina

Joseph P. Schacht, Ph.D. Alumni 2014 - 2016


Dr. Joseph Schacht is an assistant professor and licensed clinical psychologist at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He received his AB in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Michigan and his PhD in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Colorado, Boulder, after completing his predoctoral internship at the Charleston Consortium Psychology Internship Program at MUSC.

Dr. Schacht’s training and research experience encompass both basic and clinical neuroscience, and he has pushed to build a program of research that translates from basic neurobiological processes to behavioral and treatment outcomes. He has previously been funded by individual (F31) and institutional (T32) training fellowships from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). His current work, funded by an NIAAA K99/R00 Pathway to Independence award, focuses on the neurobiological substrates of the transition from heavy drinking to alcohol dependence. He is particularly known for his work in using behavioral genetics and functional neuroimaging to understand alcohol and drug craving and cue reactivity.

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina
67 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425


(843) 792-7497


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