Jennifer Buckman

Associate Research Professor
SMH 222


Dr. Buckman is an active research scientist with a long standing interest in understanding how biology and behavior work together to influence people's substance use and their ability to achieve addiction treatment goals. 

Current Research

The Brain-Body Link (Why wanting to stop may not be enough)

  • Examining how automatic physiological processes support addictive behavior and interfere with conscious efforts to change behavior
  • Exploring the link between neural processing and cardiovascular dynamics and how this link is disrupted by alcohol and other drug use behaviors.
  • Characterizing physiological indicators of adaptability, including heart rate, vascular tone, stroke volume, and blood pressure variability
  • Performing a randomized clinical trial to understand the value of paced breathing as an adjunct to treatment-as-usual in women with young children

Athlete Health: Brain, Body and Mind (Connecting the dots to reduce alcohol and other drug use among athletes)

  • Characterizing health behaviors and attitudes among college student athletes
  • Examining how these factors affect risk for and recovery from sports-related concussions
  • Testing heart rate variability as an objective indicator of concussion severity
  • Using statistics to enhance diagnosis and prognosis from physician-collected data after a concussion.

The Cognitive, Social, and Genetic Influences of Alcohol (Recovery is a whole-person process)

  • Understanding the relationship of chronic drinking and cognitive impairments
  • Deconstructing the role of social support on substance use behaviors and recovery
  • Integrating genetic data to understand transitions in alcohol use   


R01AA023667 Principal Investigator (with M. Bates) 02/15/2015 – 01/31/2020

Project IMPACT: In-the-Moment Protection from Automatic Capture by Trigger

CBIR14IRG020​ Principal Investigator 06/01/2014 – 05/31/2017
Validating HRV as an objective clinical measure of TBI symptom severity and recovery to inform physicians' return-to-play decisions
R21AA022748​ Co-investigator 02/01/2014 – 01/31/2017

Behavioral Regulation Mechanisms of Alcohol Dependence and Related Phenotype

3 R13AA017107​ Principal Investigator 02/01/2014 – 01/31/2017

Enhancing Dissemination and Career Development via the APA Annual Convention

CBIR13IRG028 Principal Investigator 06/01/2013 – 05/31/2016
Developing a comprehensive clinical profile of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in concussed athletes using advanced statistical approaches

Selected Publications

Nguyen-Louie TT, Buckman JF, Ray S, Bates ME (2016). Drinkers' memory bias for alcohol picture cues in explicit and implicit memory tasks. Drug and Alcohol Dependence ePub Ahead of Print.

Buckman JF, Eddie D, Vaschillo EG, Vaschillo B, Garcia A, Bates ME (2015). Immediate and complex cardiovascular adaptation to an acute alcohol dose. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 39(12): 2334-44.

Alderman BL, Olson RL, Bates ME, Selby EA, Buckman JF, Brush CJ, Panza EA, Kranzler A, Eddie D, Shors TJ (2015). Rumination in major depressive disorder is associated with impaired neural activation during conflict monitoring. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 9 (269):1-14.

Vaschillo EG, Vaschillo B, Buckman JF, Nguyen-Louie T, Heiss S, Pandina RJ, Bates ME (2015). The effects of sighing on the cardiovascular system. Biological Psychology 106: 86-95.    

Fonoberova M, Mezic I, Buckman JF, Fonoberov VA, Mezic A, Vaschillo EG, Mun EY, Vaschillo B, Bates ME (2014). A computational physiology approach to personalized treatment models: The beneficial effects of slow breathing on the human cardiovascular system. American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology 307: H1073-1091 .
Bates ME, Buckman JF, Bates-Krakoff JC (2013). Treatment of addictions and effects of neuropsychological impairment on mechanisms of behavior change. In Neuropsychological Aspects of Substance Use Disorders: Evidence-Based Perspectives (pp. 82-102). DN Allen and SP Woods (Eds.). Oxford University Press: New York.    

Bates ME, Buckman JF, Voelbel GT, Eddie D, Freeman J (2013). The mean and the individual: Integrating variable-centered and person-centered analyses ofcognitive recovery in patients with substance use disorders. Frontiers in Psychiatry 4: 177.

Lehrer P, Buckman JF, Vaschillo EG, Vaschillo B, Udo T, Mun EY, Nguyen, T, Bates ME (2013). Negative mood and alcohol problems are related to respiratory dynamics in young adults. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 38: 273-283.

Udo T, Mun EY, Buckman JF, Vaschillo E, Vaschillo B, Bates ME  (2013). Potential side effects of unhealthy lifestyle choices and health risks on basal and reactive heart rate variability in college drinkers. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 74: 787-796

Buckman JF, Farris SG, Yusko DA (2013). A national study of substance use behaviors among NCAA male athletes who use banned performance enhancing substances. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 131:50-55.

Bates ME, Buckman JF, Nguyen TT (2013). A role for cognitive rehabilitation in increasing the effectiveness of treatment for alcohol use disorders. Neuropsychology Review 23: 27-47.

Eddie D, Buckman JF, Mun EY, Vaschillo B, Vaschillo E, Udo T, Lehrer P, and Bates ME (2013). Different associations of alcohol cue reactivity with negative alcohol expectancies in mandated and inpatient samples of young adults. Addictive Behaviors 38: 2040-2043.

Bates ME, Buckman JF (2013). Integrating body and brain systems in addiction neuroscience. In Biological Research on Addiction: Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders, P Miller (Ed.), Volume 2, Academic Press: New York.

Ray S, Mun EY, Buckman JF, Udo T, Bates ME (2012). Memory for emotional picture cues during acute alcohol intoxication. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 73(5): 718-725.

Vaschillo EG, Vaschillo B, Buckman JF, Pandina RJ, Bates ME (2012) Measurement of vascular tone baroreflex gain. Psychophysiology 49: 193-197.

Bates ME, Buckman JF, Vaschillo EG, Fonoberov VA, Fonoberova M, VaschilloB, Mun EY, Mezic A, Mezic I (2011). Changes in spectral power and organization occur when the cardiovascular system adapts to challenges. PLoS One 6:e28281.

Buckman JF, Yusko DA, Farris SG, White HR, Pandina RJ (2011) Risk for marijuana use in male and female college student athletes and non-athletes. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 72(4):586-591.

Bates ME and Buckman JF (2011) Emotional dysregulation in the moment: Why some college students may not mature out of hazardous alcohol and drug use. In College Student Drinking and Drug Use: Multiple Perspectives on a Complex Problem, HR White and D Rabiner (Eds.), Guilford Press: New York, p. 83-101.

Vaschillo EG, Vaschillo, B, Buckman JF, Pandina RJ, Bates ME (2011) The investigation and clinical significance of resonance in the heart rate and vascular tone baroreflexes. In Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies: Communications in Computer and Information Science, Vol. 127, Part 4, A. Fred, J. Filipe, and H. Gamboa (Eds.), Springer, Heidelberg, Germany, pp 224-237.

Buckman JF, White HR, Bates ME (2010) Psychophysiological reactivity to emotional picture cues two years after college students were mandated for alcohol interventions. Addictive Behavior 35(8): 786-790. PMC2872043.

Buckman JF, Yusko DA, White HR, Pandina RJ (2009) Risk profile of college athletes who use banned performance enhancing substances. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 70: 919-923.

Yusko DA, Buckman JF, White HR, Pandina RJ (2008) Risk for excessive alcohol use and drinking-related problems in college student athletes. Addictive Behaviors 33: 1546-1556.

Yusko DA, Buckman JF, White HR, Pandina RJ (2008) Alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and performance enhancers: a comparison of use by college student athletes and nonathletes. Journal of American College Health 57: 281-290.

Buckman JF, Bates ME, Morgenstern J (2008) Social support and cognitive impairment in clients receiving treatment for alcohol- and drug-use disorders: A replication study. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 69(5): 738-746.

Buckman JF, Bates ME, Cisler RA. (2007) Social networks and their influence on drinking behaviors: Differences related to cognitive impairment in clients receiving alcoholism treatment. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 68(5): 738-747.

Voelbel GT, Bates ME, Buckman JF, Pandina G, Hendren RL (2006) Caudate nucleus volume and cognitive performance: Are they related in childhood psychopathology? Biological Psychiatry 60:942-950.

Bates ME, Pawlak A, Tonigan JS, Buckman JF (2006) Cognitive impairment influences drinking outcome by altering therapeutic mechanisms of change. Psychology of Addictive Behavior 20(3): 241-253.

Bates ME, Voelbel G, Buckman JF, Labouvie EW, Barry D (2005) Short-term neuropsychological recovery in clients with substance use disorders. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 29(3):367-377.


MBA, Rutgers University, Business, 2006

Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, Pharmacology, 2001

PhD, Oregon Health & Science University, Behavioral Neuroscience, 1998

MS, Oregon Health & Science University, Behavioral Neuroscience, 1996

Professional Services

2016 Interim Director, CAS Division of Education and Training   
2015 – present Assistant Field Editor, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs  
2014 – present Editorial Board, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
2014 – present Curriculum and Awards Committee, Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies
2014 – present Board of Trustees, Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Conference
2013 – 2014 2014 Program Co-Chair, Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Conference
2012 – 2013 2013 Program Chair, Society of Addiction Psychology
2012 – present Treasurer, Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Conference
2006 – 2015 Treasurer, Society of Addiction Psychology
2005 – present  Member, Finance Committee, Society of Addiction Psychology

Recent Awards

Presidential Special Award for Extraordinary Service to the Division Society of Addiction Psychology 2007-2013
Distinguished Service Award Society of Addiction Psychology 2013

Awards to Students and Junior Faculty Mentored

Ryan Holland Recipient of the 2013 John A. Carpenter Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student These Project
Marianne Dominguez  Recipient of the 2015 Stuart D. Cook, M.D. MPH Student Public Health Research Award