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Lara Ray
University of Colorado at Boulder
Primary Area:
Clinical Psychology
Secondary Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience
3214 FH
(310) 794-5383
Research and Teaching Interests:

I am interested in the etiology and treatment of substance use disorders, particularly alcohol use disorder. My program of research focuses on the integration of clinical psychology, pharmacology, and neuroscience. I am especially interested in employing experimental designs to answer questions about mechanisms of risk and of treatment response for substance use disorders.

I will be accepting students into the Clinical Psychology PhD Program for the Fall of 2018. I can also serve as a secondary mentor for stsudents in behavioral neuroscience.


Representative Publications:

Ray, L. A., Barr, C.S., Blendy, J.A., Oslin, D., Goldman, D., & Anton, R.F. (in press). The role of the Asn40Asp polymorphism of the mu opioid receptor (OPRM1) gene on alcoholism etiology and treatment: a critical review. Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research.

Ray, L.A., Bujarski, S., Chin, P.F., & Miotto, K. (in press). Pharmacogenetics of naltrexone in Asian Americans: A randomized placebo-controlled laboratory study. Neuropsychopharmacology.

Ray, L.A., Chin, P.F., Heydari, A., & Miotto, K. (2011). A human laboratory study of the effects of quetiapine on subjective intoxication and alcohol craving. Psychopharmacology, 317(3), 341-351.

Ray, L.A. (2011). Stress-induced and cue-induced craving for alcohol in heavy drinkers: genetic moderation by the OPRM1 and CRH-BP Genes. Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research, 35(1), 166-174.

Ray, L.A., MacKillop, J., & Monti, P. (2010). Subjective responses to alcohol as endophenotypes: advancing genetics into etiological and treatment models of alcoholism. Subst Use Misuse, 45(11), 1742-1765.

Ray, L.A., Miranda Jr., R., Tidey, J.W., McGeary, J.E., MacKillop, J., Gwaltney, C.J., Rohsenow, D.J., Swift, R.M., & Monti, P.M. (2010). Polymorphisms of the μ-opioid receptor and dopamine D4 receptor genes and subjective responses to alcohol in the natural environment. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119 (1), 115-125.

Ray, L.A., MacKillop, J., Leventhal, A., & Hutchison, K.E. (2009) Catching the alcohol buzz: an examination of the latent factor structure of subjective intoxication. Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research, 33(12), 2154-2161.

Ray, L.A., & Hutchison, K.E. (2007). Effects of naltrexone on alcohol sensitivity and genetic moderators of medication response: A double-blind placebo-controlled study. Archives of General Psychiatry, 64(9), 1069-1077.

Ray, L.A., & Hutchison, K. E. (2004). A polymorphism of the m-opioid receptor gene (OPRM1) and sensitivity to the effects of alcohol in humans. Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research, 28, 1789-1795.