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Sarah L. Lake, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellow

Period of Service

August 2013 - November 2014 Sarah Lake, Ph.D. completed her postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in the Neurobehavioral Research Laboratory and Clinic (NRLC). In her time with the NRLC her research focused on impulse control and biomarkers of alcohol use among binge drinking in adults. Her fellowship was funded by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse: Training in Drug Abuse Research: Behavior and Neurobiology (T32-DA031115).

Research Projects

  • Binge Drinking: Individual Differences in the Capacity to Alter Drinking Patterns
  • Phosphatidylethanol and Other Ethanol Consumption Markers

After the NRLC

After her postdoc, Dr. Lake moved to Seattle went on to work as the inaugural Social Science Statistician for the Nordstrom Technology People Lab cultivating an inspired and productive culture within Nordstrom’s IT department. Specifically, she’s using her postdoctoral training in experimental design to inform employee engagement and help Nordstrom make data-driven investments in the workplace.

Presentations/Publications with the NRLC

  • The Potential Clinical Utility of Transdermal Alcohol Monitoring Data to Estimate the Number of Alcoholic Drinks Consumed

    Dougherty, D.M., Hill-Kapturczak, N., Liang, Y., Karns, T.E., Lake, S.L., Cates, S.E., Roache, J.D. (2015)

    Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment, 14, 124-130. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Predictors of initiation and age of onset of substance-use among at-risk adolescents.

    Duffing, T. M., Mathias, C. W., Acheson, A., Lake, S. L, Charles, N.E., Ryan, S. R., and Dougherty, D. M., (2014, January).

    Poster presented at the Fielding Graduate University's Clinical and Media Psychology Winter Poster Session.

  • Using contingency management procedures to reduce at-risk drinking in heavy drinkers

    Dougherty, D. M., Lake, S. L., Hill-Kapturczak, N., Liang, Y., Karns, T. E., Mullen, J., and Roache, J. D. (2015).

    Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 39, 109-121. PubMed Icon

  • Early adolescent trajectories of impulsiveness and sensation seeking in children of fathers with histories of alcohol and other substance use disorders

    Acheson, A., Lake, S. L., Bray, B. C., Liang, Y., Mathias, C. W., Ryan, S. R., Charles, N. E., and Dougherty, D. M. (2016).

    Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research,. 40, 2,622-2,630 PubMed Icon

  • Pubertal maturation compression and behavioral impulsivity among boys at increased risk for substance use

    Mathias, C. W., Charles, N. E., Liang, Y., Acheson, A., Lake, S. L., Ryan, S. R., Olvera, R. L., and Dougherty, D. M. (2016).

    Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment, 15, 61-73. PubMed Icon

  • Clinical and social/environmental characteristics in a community sample of children with and without family histories of Substance Use Disorder in the San Antonio area: A descriptive study

    Ryan, S. R., Acheson, A., Charles, N. E., Lake, S. L., Hernandez, D. L., Mathias, C. W., and Dougherty, D. M. (2016).

    Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 25, 327-339.

  • Family functioning as a mediator of relations between family history of Substance Use Disorder and impulsivity

    Ryan, S. R., Friedman, C. K., Lake, S. L., Mathias, C. W., Charles, N. E., Liang, Y., Acheson, A., and Dougherty, D. M. (2016).

    Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment, 15, 17-24. PubMed Icon

  • Increased Pre- and Early-Adolescent Stress in Youth with a Family History of Substance Use Disorder and Early Substance Use Initiation

    Charles, N. E., Mathias, C. W., Acheson, A., Bray, B. C., Ryan, S. R., Lake, S. L., Liang, Y, and Dougherty DM. (2015).

    Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44, 1954-1967. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Transdermal alcohol concentration data collected during a contingency management program to reduce at-risk drinking

    Dougherty, D. M., Karns, T. E., Mullen, J., Liang, Y., Lake, S. L., Roache, J. D., and Hill-Kapturczak, N. (2015).

    Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 148, 77-84. PubMed Icon

  • Behavioral impulsivity and risk-taking trajectories across early adolescence in youths with and without family histories of alcohol and other drug use disorders

    Dougherty, D. M., Lake, S. L., Mathias, C. W., Ryan, S. R., Bray, B. C., Charles, N. E., and Acheson, A. (2015).

    Virtual Issue on Risk Factors for Adolescent Drinking PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Effects of tryptophan depletion and a simulated alcohol binge on impulsivity.

    Dougherty, D. M., Mullen, J., Hill-Kapturczak, N., Liang, Y., Karns, T. E., Lake, S. L., Mathias, C. M., and Roache, J. D. (2015).

    Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 23, 109-121. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Assessing the validity of participant-derived compared to staff-derived values to compute a binge score

    Lake, S. L., Hill-Kapturczak, N., Liang, Y., Roache, J. D., Mullen, J., Karns, T. E., and (2015).

    Alcoholl and Alcoholism, 50, 413-419. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Aggression as a Predictor of Early Substance Use Initiation among Youth with Family Histories of Substance Use Disorders

    Mathias, C. W., Duffing, T. M., Acheson, A., Charles, N. E., Lake, S. L., Ryan, S. R., Liang, Y., and Dougherty, D. M. (2015).

    Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment, 14, 230-240. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Mechanisms of the pellagragenic effect of leucine: stimulation of hepatic tryptophan oxidation by administration of branched-chain amino acids to healthy human volunteers and the role of plasma free tryptophan and total kynurenines.

    Badawy, A. A., Lake, S. L., Dougherty, D. M. (2014).

    International Journal of Tryptophan Research, 7, 23-32. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Use of continuous transdermal alcohol monitoring during a contingency management procedure to reduce excessive alcohol use.

    Dougherty, D. M., Hill-Kapturczak, N., Liang, Y., Karns, T. E., Cates, S. E., Lake, S. L., Mullen, J., and Roache, J. D. (2014).

    Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 142, 301-306. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Do variable rates of alcohol drinking alter the ability to use transdermal alcohol monitors to estimate peak breath alcohol and total number of drinks?

    Hill-Kapturczak, N., Lake, S.L., Roache, J.D., Cates, S.E., Liang, Y., Dougherty, D.M. (2014).

    Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38, :2517-2522. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Problem identification and community assessment of DWI needs for Bexar County, Texas

    Mathias, C. W., Ryan, S. R., Mullen, J., Lake, S. L., Brown, P. C., Adams, V., Villafranca, C., and Dougherty, D. M. (2014).

    Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services report 085144601.2.6: University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.

  • Fifty years of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale: An update and review.

    Stanford, M. S., Mathias, C. W., Dougherty, D. M., Lake, S. L., Anderson, N. E., and Patton, J. H.. (2009).

    Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 385-395.