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Lee Lab Presents at Gerontological Society

At the recent conference of the Gerontological Society of America in November 2021, Dr. Matthew Lee, of the Lifespan Development and Addiction Recovery Lab, and lab trainees Thomas Kwan, Will Boyd, and Annabel Kady presented a research-symposium talk and three research posters, all on the lab’s studies investigating bidirectional relations between heavy/problem drinking and health problems across the adult lifespan.

  • Dr. Lee’s research talk, given as part of a symposium on alcohol and aging, presented a recent lab research paper showing age-related increases across the lifespan in the importance of health issues as mechanisms of desistance from heavy/problem drinking.
  • Annabel Kady’s research poster presented her analyses that tested age-related changes in problem drinking in different periods of the adult lifespan, including by illuminating discrepancies in the conclusions suggested by cross-sectional versus longitudinal results. 
  • Thomas Kwan’s research poster presented his analyses that tested effects of alcohol consumption on cardiovascular-health risk and how these effects vary across different age periods of the adult lifespan.
  • Will Boyd’s research poster extended Thomas Kwan’s analyses of alcohol effects on health, with Will’s poster presenting his tests of sociodemographic (sex- and ethnicity-related) differences in these effects.

At the upcoming conference of the Society for Research on Adolescence in March 2022, Dr. Matthew Lee and his trainee Annabel Kady will present two research posters representing a new line of research in Dr. Lee’s lab investigating effects of pre-adult trauma on the adult-lifespan course of alcohol use disorder: 

  • Dr. Lee’s research poster will present his analyses testing pre-adult trauma as a mediator of sex and familial-alcoholism effects on adulthood problem-drinking trajectories.  
  • Annabel Kady’s research poster will present her analyses testing whether early potentially traumatic exposures (PTEs) predict longitudinal problem-drinking change in different developmental periods of the adult lifespan.