Thomas M. Piasecki

Thomas M. Piasecki
4A McAlester Hall
(573) 882-8877
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My main research interests center on motivational processes related to tobacco and alcohol use (e.g., craving, withdrawal, subjective reward, negative reinforcement, hangover). Much of my current research uses electronic diary methods to investigate the relations among contextual features, subjective processes, and drug use use in users’ natural environments. I am also interested in the measurement of drug-related individual differences, including tobacco dependence, level of response to alcohol, motives for tobacco and alcohol use, and hangover. In collaboration with colleagues at other institutions, I investigate smoking cessation treatments, the process of relapse to smoking, and the development of tobacco dependence.


Associate Editor, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors

Field Editor, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

I am affiliated with the department's Alcohol Studies Program and the Alcoholism Research Center at Washington University School of Medicine

Ph.D. 1999, University of Wisconsin

Selected Publications: 

Carpenter, R.W., Trela, C.J., Lane, S.P., Wood, P.K., Piasecki, T.M., & Trull, T.J. (2017, Epub). Elevated rate of alcohol consumption in borderline personality disorder patients in daily life. Psychopharmacology. Abstract

Hone, L.S., Bartholow, B.D., Piasecki, T.M. & Sher, K.J. (2017). Women's alcohol sensitivity predicts alcohol-related regretted sex. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 41. 1630-1636. Abstract

Piasecki, T.M., Trela, C.J., & Mermelstein, R.J. (2017). Hangover symptoms, heavy episodic drinking, and depression in young adults: A cross-lagged analysis. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78, 580-587. Abstract

Saccone, N.L., Baurley, J.W., Bergen, A.W., David, S.P., Elliott, H.R.,, Foreman, M.G., Kaprio, J., Piasecki, T.M., Relton, C.L., Zawertailo, L., Bierut, L.J., Tyndale, R.F. & Chen, L-S., on behalf of the Genetics and Treatment Networks of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT). (2017, Epub). The value of biosamples in smoking cessation trials: A review of genetic, metabolomic, and epigenetic findings. Nicotine & Tobacco ResearchAbstract

Chen, L-S., Zawertailo, L., Piasecki, T.M., Kaprio, J., Foreman, M., Elliott, H.R., David, S.P., Bergen, A.W., Baurley, J.W., Tyndale, R.F., Baker, T.B., Bierut, L.J., & Saccone, N.L., on behalf of the Genetics and Treatment Networks of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT). (2017, Epub). Leveraging genomic data in smoking cessation trials in the era of Precision Medicine: Why and how. Nicotine & Tobacco ResearchAbstract

Tarantola, M.E., Heath, A.C., Sher, K.J., & Piasecki, T.M. (2017). WISDM primary and secondary motives: Associations with smoking rate, craving, and cigarette effects in the natural environment. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 19, 1073-1079. Abstract

Clayton, R.B., Leshner, G., Tomko, R.L., Trull, T.J., & Piasecki, T.M. (2017). Countering craving with disgust images: Examining nicotine withdrawn smokers' motivated message processing of anti-tobacco public service announcements. Journal of Health Communication, 22, 254-261. Abstract

Gorka, S.M., Hedeker, D., Piasecki, T.M., & Mermelstein, R. (2017). Impact of alcohol use motives and internalizing symptoms on mood changes in response to drinking: An ecological momentary assessment investigation. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 173, 31-38. Abstract

Piasecki, T.M., Fleming, K.A., Trela, C.J., & Bartholow, B.D. (2017). P3 event-related potential reactivity to smoking cues: Relations with craving, tobacco dependence, and alcohol sensitivity in young adult smokers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31, 61-72 . Abstract

Piasecki, T.M., Hedeker, D., Dierker, L., & Mermelstein, R.J. (2016). Progression of nicotine dependence, mood level, and mood variability in adolescent smokers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 30,484-93. Abstract

Trela, C.J., Piasecki, T.M., Bartholow, B.D., Heath, A.C., & Sher, K.J. (2016). The natural expression of individual differences in self-reported level of response to alcohol during ecologically-assessed drinking episodes. Psychopharmacology, 233, 2185-2195. Abstract

Slutske, W.S., Deutsch, A.R., & Piasecki, T.M. (2016). Neighborhood contextual factors, alcohol use, and alcohol problems in the United States: Evidence from a nationally representative study of young adults. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 40, 1010-1019. Abstract

Treloar, H.R., Piasecki, T.M., McCarthy, D.M., Sher, K.J., & Heath, A.C. (2015). Ecological evidence that affect and perceptions of drink effects depend on alcohol expectancies. Addiction, 110, 1432-1442. Abstract

Dierker, L., Rose, J., Selya, A., Piasecki, T.M., Hedeker, D., Mermelstein, R. (2015). Depression and nicotine dependence from adolescence to young adulthood. Addictive Behaviors, 41, 124-128. Abstract

Slutske, W.S., Piasecki, T.M., Deutsch, A.R., Statham, D.J., & Martin, N.G. (2015). Telescoping and gender differences in the time course of disordered gambling: Evidence from a general population sample. Addiction, 110, 144-151. Abstract

Slutske, W.S., Piasecki, T.M., Nathanson, L., Statham, D.J., & Martin, N.G. (2014). Genetic influences on alcohol-related hangover. Addiction, 109, 2027-2034. Abstract

Treloar, H.R, Piasecki, T.M., McCarthy, D.E., & Baker, T.B. (2014). Relations among caffeine consumption, smoking, smoking urge, and subjective smoking reinforcement in daily life. Journal of Caffeine Research, 4, 93-99. Abstract

Epler, A.J., Tomko, R.L., Piasecki, T.M., Wood, P.K., Sher, K.J., Shiffman, S., & Heath, A.C. (2014). Does hangover influence time to next drink? An investigation using ecological momentary assessment. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38, 1461-1469. Abstract

Coon, H., Piasecki, T.M., Cook, E.H., Dunn, D., Mermelstein, R.J., Weiss, R.B., & Cannon, D.S. (2014). Association of the CHRNA4 neuronal nicotinic receptor subunit gene with frequency of binge drinking in young adults. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38, 930-937. Open Access

Karcher, N.R., Slutske, W.S., Kerns, J.G., Piasecki, T.M., & Martin NG. (2014). Sex differences in magical ideation: A community-based twin study. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 5, 212-219. Abstract

Piasecki, T.M., Cooper, M.L., Wood, P.K., Sher, K.J., Shiffman, S. & Heath, A.C. (2014). Dispositional drinking motives: Associations with appraised alcohol effects and alcohol consumption in an ecological momentary assessment investigation. Psychological Assessment, 26, 363-369. Abstract

Piasecki, T.M., Trela, C.J., Hedeker, D., & Mermelstein, R.J. (2014). Smoking antecedents: Separating between- and within-person effects of tobacco dependence in a multiwave ecological momentary assessment investigation of adolescent smoking. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16 (Suppl. 2), S119-S126. Abstract

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. Abstract.

Dierker, L., Selya, A., Piasecki, T., Rose, J., & Mermelstein, R. (2013). Alcohol problems as a signal for sensitivity to nicotine dependence and future smoking. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 132, 688-693. Abstract

Arndt, J., Vail, K.E., Cox, C.R., Goldenberg, J.L., Piasecki, T.M. & Gibbons, F.X. (2013). The interactive effects of mortality reminders and tobacco craving on smoking topography. Health Psychology, 32, 525-532. 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. Abstract

Jackson, K. M., Rohsenow, D. J., Piasecki, T. M., Howland, J., & Richardson, A. E. (2013). Tobacco smoking’s role in hangover symptoms among university students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74, 41-49. Abstract

Piasecki, T.M., Alley, K.J., Slutske, W.S., Wood, P.K., Sher, K.J. Shiffman, S., & Heath, A.C. (2012). Low sensitivity to alcohol: Relations with hangover occurrence and susceptibility in an Ecological Momentary Assessment investigation. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73, 925-32. Abstract

Cook, J.W., Fucito, L.M., Piasecki, T.M., Piper, M.E., Schlam, T.R., Berg, K.M. & Baker, T.B. (2012). Relations of alcohol consumption with smoking cessation milestones and tobacco dependence. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 1075-1085. Abstract

Piasecki, T.M., Wood, P.K., Shiffman, S., Sher, K.J. & Heath, A.C. (2012). Responses to alcohol and cigarette use during ecologically assessed drinking episodes. Psychopharmacology, 223, 331-344. Abstract

Robertson, B.M., Piasecki, T.M., Slutske, W.S., Wood, P.K., Sher, K.J., Shiffman, S. & Heath, A.C. (2012). Validity of the Hangover Symptoms Scale: Evidence from an electronic diary study. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 36, 171-177. Abstract