April 1 - Psych Grand Rounds

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds 2021-2022

Originally recorded on April 1, 2022 

Amber Jarnecke, Ph.D., Assistant Professor; Medical University of South Carolina

Examining Social Supports in the Etiology, Maintenance, and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders


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Join us as we host Dr. Amber Jarnecke, Assistant Professor at the MUSC as she presents on Examining Social Supports in the Etiology, Maintenance, and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders. Close others (e.g., family, friends, intimate partners) play a critical role in the development, maintenance, and recovery from substance use disorders (SUD). Poor social supports can exacerbate SUD symptoms while positive social supports can play a key role in prevention of and recovery from SUD. This presentation reviews how social processes and interpersonal relationships contribute to SUD and SUD recovery and discusses future directions for incorporating significant others into care for patients with SUD.

Dr. Amber Jarnecke is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. She received her B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. from Purdue University and completed her clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Jarnecke's research focuses on identifying treatment targets and effective interventions for substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring problems. She has expertise and has published extensively on topics related to understanding how social support and interpersonal relationships are implicated in the etiology and maintenance of SUD and other psychiatric conditions. She is currently PI of an NIAAA Career Development (K23) Award examining how the neural reactivity of individuals with co-occurring alcohol use disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) differs from that of individuals with either condition alone. She is also collaborating with interdisciplinary teams to study the neurobiology of and adjunctive treatments for SUD and PTSD.

At the completion of the presentation, attendees will be able to:
1. Identify how relationships with close others are associated with the development and maintenance of substance use disorders.
2. Identify how relationships with close others can aid in recovery from substance use disorders.
3. Describe the strengths and limitations of integrating close others directly into treatment for substance use disorders.


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