Postdoctoral Trainees

Michelle J. Zaso, PhD

Michelle J. Zaso, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Alcohol Research Lab. She is also affiliated with the Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions at the University at Buffalo as a postdoctoral trainee on a T32 Institutional Research Training Grant funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institutes of Health. Prior to joining the Alcohol Research Lab, she received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Syracuse University and completed her predoctoral clinical internship in addictions and clinical research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

Dr. Zaso’s research focuses on interplay between the individual and their environment in problem drinking. Her current projects are working to characterize the role of cognitions in responsiveness to adverse, alcohol-triggering stressful and traumatic environments. Previously, she has examined inherited individual differences in susceptibility to alcohol-facilitating socioenvironments, as funded by NIAAA (F31 AA025833) and the American Psychological Association. For a complete list of publications, see

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Zaso, M. J., Read, J. P., & Colder, C. R. (2021). Coping-motivated escalations in adolescent alcohol problems following early adversity. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/adb0000788. PMID: 34618492.

Zaso, M. J., & Read, J. P. (2020). Drinking motives as moderators of in-the-moment drinking risks in response to trauma-related distress. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 44(12), 2561-2569. doi: 10.1111/acer.14487. PMID: 33084082.

Zaso, M. J., Maisto, S. A., Glatt, S. J., Hess, J. L., & Park, A. (2020). Effects of polygenic risk and perceived friends’ drinking and disruptive behavior on development of alcohol use across adolescence. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 81(6), 808-815. doi: 10.15288/jsad.2020.81.808. PMID: 33308411.