Susan Tapert, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego
Dr. Tapert is Professor and Associate Vice Chair of Academic Affairs in the University of California, San Diego Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Tapert’s research focuses on understanding neural sequelae of and risk factors for adolescent substance use. Her work uses a range of techniques, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, and neuropsychological testing. Her studies evaluate adolescent brain development and gender differences. She has been awarded 20 research grants, most from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In 2008, she was honored with the APA Division 50 Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contribution Award, and in 2010 was elected to Fellow status in the American Psychological Association. Dr. Tapert is Scientific Director and a site Principal Investigator (PI) for the National Consortium on Alcohol and NeuroDevelopment in Adolescence, and Associate Director and a site PI for the ABCD study. Dr. Tapert is a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of California.