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Dr. Jennifer Buckman

Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health, School of Arts and Sciences

Office: SMH 225B

Email: jbuckman@rutgers.edu

Phone: 848-445-0793

  • Bio
  • Current Research
  • Grants
  • Selected Publications
  • Education
  • Other Information
  • Professional Services


Jennifer Buckman, Ph.D. is an active research scientist at the Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health, School of Arts and Sciences, working as part of a team of researchers to study the automatic physiological processes that interfere with conscious experience and support maladaptive lifestyle choices (e.g., drinking more than intended).

Faculty Website

Cardiac Neuroscience Lab Site

Current Research

  • Clinical trial of breathing interventions for parenting women in treatment for a substance use disorder
  • Experimental study of how health behaviors during college influence the cardiovascular system


2018-2023 Principal Investigator (Multi); National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholosim (NIAAA, NIH)

Changes in Cardiovascular Control Mechanisms Related to Binge Drinking during College: The goal of this grant is uncover the cumulative effects of binge drinking on integrated cardiovascular processes over two years and identify quantitative cardiovascular biomarkers of early drinking-related injury prior to the onset of frank illness. Multi-PI: E. Vaschillo   

2017-2020 Principal Investigator; National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA, NIH)

Deconstructing the Temporal and Multi-Level Influences of the Baroreflex Mechanism on Alcohol Use Behaviors: This career awards will provide salary support plus research funds to examine the baroreflex mechanism’s temporal nature (in-the-moment versus across time) and multi-level influence on physiology, cognition, and behavior.

2015-2019 Principal Investigator (Multi); National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA, NIH)

Project IMPACT: In-the-Moment Protection from Automatic Capture by Triggers: This randomized clinical trial assesses an “app”-based breathing intervention (added to behavioral treatment as usual) to reduce risk for relapse. Multi-PI: M. Bates

Selected Publications

Lesnewich LM, Conway FN, Buckman JF, Brush CJ, Ehmann PJ, Eddie D, Olson RL, Alderman BA, Bates ME (in press) Associations of depression severity with heart rate and heart rate variability in young adults across normative and clinical populations. International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Leyro TL, Buckman JF, Bates ME. (2019). Theoretical implications and clinical support for heart rate variability biofeedback for substance use disorders. Current Opinion in Psychology 30: 92-97.

Brush CJ, Olson RL, Ehmann PJ, Bocchine AJ, Bates ME, Buckman JF, Leyro TM, Alderman BA. (2019) Lower resting cardiac autonomic balance in young adults with current major depression. Psychophysiology. ePub Ahead of Print.

Streifer M, Brown AM, Porfido T, Anderson EZ, Buckman JF, Esopenko C. (2019) The potential role of the cervical spine in sports-related concussion: Clinical perspectives and considerations for risk reduction. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 49(3): 202-208.

Eddie D, Conway FN, Alayan N, Buckman JF, Bates ME. (2018) Assessing heart rate variability biofeedback as an adjunct to college recovery housing programs. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 92: 70-76.

White HR, Conway F, Buckman JF, Loeber R. (2018). Does Substance Use Exacerbate Escalation along Developmental Pathways of Covert and Overt Externalizing Behaviors among Young Men? Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology 4(2) – 137-147.

Buckman JF, Vaschillo EG, Fonoberova M, Mezic I, Bates ME. (2018). The translational value of psychophysiology methods and mechanisms: Multi-level, dynamic, personalized. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 79(2): 229-238.

Olson RL, Brush CJ, Ehmann PJ, Buckman JF, Alderman BL. (2018). A history of sport-related concussion is associated with sustained deficits in conflict and error monitoring. International Journal of Psychophysiology 132(Pt A):145-154.

Conway F, Domingues M, Monaco R, Lesnewich LM, Ray AE, Alderman BL, Buckman JF. (2018) Concussion symptom underreporting among incoming National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I college athletes. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. ePub Ahead of Print.

Vaschillo EG, Vaschillo B, Buckman JF, Heiss S, Singh G, Bates ME. (2018). Early signs of cardiovascular dysregulation in young adult binge drinkers. Psychophysiology 55(5): e13036.


2006 MBA, Rutgers University, Business
2001 Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, Pharmacology
1998 PhD, Oregon Health & Science University, Behavioral Neuroscience
1996 MS, Oregon Health & Science University, Behavioral Neuroscience


Other Information

2018-2019 Society of Addiction Psychology President



Professional Services

2017 – 2018 President-Elect, Society of Addiction Psychology
2016 – 2017 Interim Director, CAS Division of Education and Training
2015 – present Assistant Field Editor, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and DrugsAssistant Field Editor, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
2014 – present Editorial Board, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
2014 – 2016 Curriculum and Awards Committee, Rutgers Center of Alcohol & Substance Use 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