Wendy Slutske


Professor


212A McAlester Hall
(573) 882-4043
slutskew@missouri.edu

Lab: Genetic Epidemiology Laboratory

Research Interests

I am interested in admitting a new clinical psychology graduate student.

My research interests are:

(1) the etiology and comorbidity of alcohol use disorders and other addictive/disinhibitory disorders (e.g. pathological gambling, antisocial behavior disorders) among women versus men;

(2) explaining the genetic and environmental underpinnings of alcohol use disorders and other addictive/disinhibitory disorders;

(3) 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.


Biographical Sketch

I received my B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, my Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, and I received postdoctoral training in psychiatric epidemiology and biostatistics at the Washington University School of Medicine. I have been at the University of Missouri since 1997.


Selected Publications

See Google Scholar for all publications and citations

+Deutsch, A.R., Slutske, W.S., Heath, A.C., Madden, P.A.F., & Martin, N.G. (2014). Substance use and sexual intercourse onsets in adolescence: A genetically informative discordant twin design. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54, 114-116. See abstract in PubMed

*Richmond-Rakerd, L.S., Slutske, W.S., Heath, A.C., & Martin, N.G. (2014). Genetic and environmental influences on the ages of drinking and gambling initiation: Evidence for distinct etiologies and sex differences. Addiction, 109, 323-331. See abstract in PubMed

Slutske, W.S. & *Richmond-Rakerd, L.S. (2014). A closer look at the evidence for sex differences in the genetic and environmental influences on gambling in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health: From disordered to ordered gambling. Addiction, 109, 120-127. See abstract in PubMed

Slutske, W.S., +Deutsch, A.R., *Richmond-Rakerd, L.S., Chernyavskiy, P., Statham, D.J., & Martin, N.G. (2014). Test of a potential causal influence of earlier age of gambling initiation on gambling involvement and disorder: A multi-level discordant twin design. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, online ahead of print. See abstract in PubMed

+Deutsch, A.R., Slutske, W.S., *Richmond-Rakerd, L.S., Chernyavskiy, P., Heath, A.C., & Martin, N.G. (2013). Causal influence of age at first drink on alcohol involvement in adulthood and its moderation by familial context. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74 , 703-713. See abstract in PubMed

*Ellingson, J.M., Slutske, W.S., *Richmond-Rakerd, L.S., & Martin, N.G. (2013). Investigating the influence of prenatal androgen exposure and sibling effects on alcohol use and alcohol use disorders in females from opposite-sex twin pairs. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 37 , 868-878. See abstract in PubMed

*Ellingson, J.M., *Verges, A., *Littlefield, A.K., Martin, N.G., & Slutske, W.S. (2013). Are bottom-up and top-down traits in dual-systems models of risky behavior genetically distinct? Behavior Genetics, 43, 480-490. See abstract in PubMed

Lind, P.A., Zhu, G., Montgomery, G.W., Madden, P.A.F., Heath, A.C., Martin, N.G., & Slutske, W.S. (2013). Genome-wide association study of a quantitative disordered gambling trait. Addiction Biology, 18, 511-522. See abstract in PubMed

*Richmond-Rakerd, L.S., Slutske, W.S., Heath, A.C., & Martin, N.G. (2013). Effects of sibship size and composition on younger brothers’ and sisters’ alcohol use initiation: Findings from an Australian twin sample. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 37, 1016-1024. See abstract in PubMed

*Richmond-Rakerd, L.S., Slutske, W.S., & Piasecki, T.M. (2013). Birth cohort and sex differences in the age of gambling initiation in the United States: Evidence from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. International Gambling Studies, 13, 417-429. See abstract

Slutske, W.S., *Cho, S.B., Piasecki, T.M., & Martin, N.G. (2013). Genetic overlap between personality and risk for disordered gambling: Evidence from a national community-based Australian twin study. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122 , 250-255. See abstract in PubMed

Slutske, W.S., *Ellingson, J.M., *Richmond-Rakerd, L.S., Zhu, G., & Martin, N.G. (2013). Shared genetic vulnerability for disordered gambling and alcohol use disorder in men and women: Evidence from a national community-based Australian twin study. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 16 , 525-534. See abstract in PubMed

Slutske, W.S., Moffitt, T.E., Poulton, R., & Caspi, A. (2012). Undercontrolled temperament at age 3 predicts disordered gambling at age 32: A longitudinal study of a complete birth cohort. Psychological Science, 23 , 510-516. See abstract in PubMed

*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. See abstract in PubMed

Slutske, W.S., Zhu, G., *Meier, M.H., & Martin, N.G. (2011). Disordered gambling as defined by the DSM-IV and the South Oaks Gambling Screen: Evidence for a common etiologic structure. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 743-751. See abstract in PubMed

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. See abstract in PubMed

Slutske, W.S., Piasecki, T.M., Blaszczynski, A., & Martin, N.G. (2010). Pathological gambling recovery in the absence of abstinence. Addiction, 105, 2169-2175. See abstract in PubMed

*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. See abstract in PubMed

Slutske, W.S., Blaszczynski, A., & Martin, N.G. (2009). Sex differences in the rates of recovery, treatment-seeking, and natural recovery in pathological gambling: Results from an Australian community-based twin survey. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 12, 425-432. See abstract in PubMed

*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. See abstract in PubMed

Slutske, W.S., D'Onofrio, D.M., Turkheimer, E., Emery, R.E., Harden, K.P., Heath, A.C., & Martin, N.G. (2008). Searching for an environmental effect of parental alcoholism on offspring alcohol use disorder: A genetically-informed study of children of alcoholics. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 117, 534-551. See abstract in PubMed

Slutske, W.S. (2006). Natural recovery and treatment-seeking in pathological gambling: Results of two US national surveys. American Journal of Psychiatry, 163, 297-302. See abstract in PubMed

Slutske, W.S. (2005). Alcohol use disorders among U.S. college students and their non-college-attending peers. Archives of General Psychiatry, 62, 321-327. See abstract in PubMed

Slutske, W.S., Caspi, A., Moffitt, T.E., & Poulton, R. (2005). Personality and problem gambling: A prospective study of a birth cohort of young adults. Archives of General Psychiatry, 62, 769-775. See abstract in PubMed

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. See abstract in PubMed

Slutske, W.S., Jackson, K.M., & Sher, K.J. (2003). The natural history of problem gambling from age 18 to 29. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 112, 263-274. See abstract in PubMed

Slutske, W.S., Heath, A.C., Madden, P.A.F., Bucholz, K.K., Statham, D., & Martin, N.G. (2002). Personality and the genetic risk for alcohol dependence. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 111, 124-133. See abstract in PubMed

** undergraduate student
* graduate student
+ postdoctoral fellow