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Tara E. Wright, Ph.D.

Tara E. Wright

Assistant Professor

Division of Neurobehavioral Research,

Department of Psychiatry,

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Biographical Sketch

Tara Karns-Wright is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in the Neurobehavioral Research Laboratory and Clinic (NRLC). She completed her graduate training in Life-Span Developmental Psychology at West Virginia University and her T32 postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. At the NRLC, Tara is expanding her research and will be involved with studies that examine binge drinking in adults. Specifically, she will be investigating behavioral and biological processes contributing to binge drinking and biomarkers associated with the use of alcohol.

Prior to joining the NRLC, Tara’s research focused on decision-making biases and heuristics in adult populations. Specifically, she has examined factors that may influence the decision-making process such as emotion, impulsivity, and age-related factors. In addition, Tara also has a strong background in statistics and methodology.

In addition to her research and training at the NRLC, Tara is an avid runner and sports enthusiast, faithfully rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Research Interests

  • Statistics and Methodology
  • Decision-Making: Impulsivity and Bias
  • Contributions of Behavioral and Biological Processes to Binge Drinking
  • Biomarkers Associated with Alcohol Use

Education

Year Degree Major Institution
2016 Post-Doc Behavioral Psychopharmacology The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
2013 Ph.D. Life-Span Developmental Psychology West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
2012 M.S. Life-Span Developmental Psychology West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
2009 B.S. Psychology/Sociology Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA

Citation Record

  • 249 Times Cited
  • 13 Citations per Publication
  • 9 h-index
Citations per Year

Presentations/Publications with the NRLC

  • The correspondence between transdermal alcohol monitoring and daily self-reported alcohol consumption

    Karns-Wright, T. E., Dougherty, D. M., Hill-Kapturczak, N., Mathias, C. W., and Roache, J. D. (in press).

    Addictive Behaviors.

  • Characterization of the pharmacokinetics of Phosphatidylethanol 16:0/18:1 and 16:0/18:2 in human whole blood after alcohol consumption in a clinical laboratory study.

    Javors, M. A., Hill-Kapturczak, N., Roache, J. D., Karns-Wright, T. E., and Dougherty, D. M. (2016).

    Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 40, 1228-1234. PubMed 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

  • 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

  • Using transdermal alcohol monitoring to detect low-level drinking

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

    Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, 39, 1120-1127. 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

  • Accounting for sex-related differences in the estimation of breath alcohol concentrations using transdermal alcohol monitoring

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

    Psychopharmacology, 232, 115-123.. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon