Marc A. Schuckit, M.D.

University of California, San Diego

Marc A. Schuckit, M.D. Director


MARC SCHUCKIT is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego Medical School; Editor of the Journal of Studies of Alcohol and Drugs; and Director of the Alcohol Medical Scholars Program. He received residency training at Washington University at St. Louis Medical School and University of California, San Diego, Departments of Psychiatry.

Dr. Schuckit’s career melds together three of his most prominent longstanding interests. The first theme is his goal of identifying predisposing factors for heavy drinking and alcohol problems, and finding environmental mediators of these vulnerabilities to begin to develop new approaches for prevention. In that context, his group was the first to show that a lower level of response (LR) to alcohol (i.e., a low sensitivity or the need for more drinks than other people to get the desired effects) is overrepresented in individuals with predispositions toward heavy drinking and alcohol problems (e.g., children of alcoholics, Native Americans, and Koreans). The low LR predicts future alcohol problems, is genetically influenced, and operates through partial mediation by heavier peer drinking, inaccurate alcohol expectancies, and suboptimal ways of coping with stress. The second core of his career focuses on working with diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders, as he was chair of the DSM-IV Substance Use Disorders Workgroup and served on the related DSM-5 committee. The third focus deals with recognition and optimal treatment of psychiatric syndromes that can develop temporarily in the context of heavy substance use. Dr. Schuckit has authored or been a coauthor on approximately 650 papers, and he has written eight separate books, including the six editions of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. His work has been recognized by numerous awards including both the President’s Award for Research and the Adolf Meyer Honorary lecture from the American Psychiatric Association, the Lifetime Achievement Gold Medal from the Society of Biological Psychiatry, the International Jellinek Award, the Middleton Award for Outstanding Research from the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism. In 2012 Dr Schuckit was named the most productive author on alcohol-related disorders and drinking in the world's literature between 2005 and 2009 based on the MEDLINE and Scopius databases.

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