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 alcohol hangover. In my role as a co-investigator afilliated with the Center of Excellence in Gambling Research, I collaborate on genetically informative studies of disordered gambling and its overlap with other addictive and psychiatric disorders.  



Ph.D. 1999, University of Wisconsin

Fellow, Association for Psychological Science

Associate Editor (Outgoing), Psychology of Addictive Behaviors

Associate Editor, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

I am affiliated with the department's Alcohol Studies Program.


Selected Publications: 

Hua, J.P.Y., Sher, K.J., Boness, C.L., Trela, C.J., McDowell, Y.E., Merrill, A.E., Piasecki,T.M., & Kerns, J.G. (2020). Prospective study examining the effects of extreme drinking on brain structure in emerging adults. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 44, 2200 - 2211. Abstract

Hua, J.P.Y., Piasecki, T.M., McDowell, Y.E., Boness, C.L., Trela, C.J., Merrill, A.M., Sher, K.J., & Kerns, J.G. (2020). Alcohol use in young adults associated with cortical gyrification. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 209, 107925. Abstract

Russell, M.A., Linden-Carmichael, A.N., Lanza, S.T., Fair, E.V., Sher, K.J., & Piasecki, T.M. (2020). Affect relative to day-level drinking initiation: Analyzing ecological momentary assessment data with multilevel spline modeling. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 34, 434-446. Abstract

Davis, C.N., Slutske, W.S., Piasecki, T.M., Martin, N.G., & Lynskey, M.T. (2020). Comparing the potential causal influence of two indicators of early alcohol use on later alcohol use disorder symptoms. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 129, 256-265. Abstract

Stevens, J.E., Shireman, E., Steinley, D., Piasecki, T.M., Vinson, D., & Sher, K.J. (2020). Item responses in quantity-frequency questionnaires: Implications for data generalizability. Assessment, 27, 1029-1044. Abstract

Cofresí, R.U., Bartholow, B.D., & Piasecki, T.M. (2019). Evidence for incentive salience sensitization as a pathway to alcohol use disorder. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 107, 897-926. Abstract

Piasecki, T. M., Gizer, I. R., & Slutske, W. S. (2019). Polygenic risk scores for psychiatric disorders reveal novel clues about the genetics of disordered gambling. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 22, 283-289. Abstract

Piasecki, T.M. (2019). Assessment of alcohol use in the natural environment. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 43, 564-577. Abstract

Martins, J.S., Bartholow, B.D., Cooper, M.L., Irvin, K.M., & Piasecki, T.M. (2019). Interactive effects of naturalistic drinking context and alcohol sensitivity on neural alcohol cue-reactivity responses. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 43, 1777-1789 . Abstract

McKone, K.M.P., Kennedy, T.M., Piasecki, T.M., Molina, B.S.G., & Pedersen, S.L. (2019). In-the-moment drinking characteristics: An examination across ADHD history and race. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 43, 1273-1283. Abstract

Slutske, W.S., Piasecki, T.M., Deutsch, A.R., Statham. D.J., & Martin, N.G. (2019). Potential causal influence of neighborhood disadvantage on disordered gambling: Evidence from a multi-level discordant twin design. Clinical Psychological Science, 7, 582-596. Abstract

Slutske, W.S., Deutsch, A.R., & Piasecki, T.M. (2019). Neighborhood density of alcohol outlets moderates genetic and environmental influences on alcohol problems. Addiction, 114, 815-822. Abstract 

Rogers, A.H., Bakhshaie, J., Garey, L., Piasecki, T.M., Gallagher, M.W., Schmidt, N.B., Zvolensky, M.J. (2019). Individual differences in emotion dysregulation and trajectory of withdrawal symptoms during a quit attempt among treatment-seeking smokers. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 115, 4-11. Abstract

Slutske, W.S., Deutsch, A.R., & Piasecki, T.M. (2019). Neighborhood alcohol outlet density and genetic influences on alcohol use: Evidence for gene-environment interaction. Psychological Medicine, 49, 474-482. Abstract

Trela, C.J., Hayes, A.W., Bartholow, B.D., Sher, K.J., Heath, A.C., & Piasecki, T.M. (2018). Moderation of alcohol craving reactivity to drinking-related contexts by individual differences in alcohol sensitivity: An ecological study. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 26,  354-365. 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). (2018). The value of biosamples in smoking cessation trials: A review of genetic, metabolomic, and epigenetic findings. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 20, 403-413. Abstract

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). (2018). Leveraging genomic data in smoking cessation trials in the era of Precision Medicine: Why and how. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 20, 414-424. Abstract

Carpenter, R.W., Trela, C.J., Lane, S.P., Wood, P.K., Piasecki, T.M., & Trull, T.J. (2017). Elevated rate of alcohol consumption in borderline personality disorder patients in daily life. Psychopharmacology, 234,  3395-3406. 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

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