About Kasey Creswell:
"Kasey Creswell is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. Kasey is broadly interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying the development and maintenance of addiction, as well as identifying those who may be particularly vulnerable to addiction. More specifically, her research focuses on uncovering basic affective and cognitive mechanisms of alcohol and tobacco use disorders. She uses experimental methodologies, including in vivo smoking cue exposure paradigms and alcohol administration protocols, which allow for precise observations of social and emotional processing under conditions modeling real-world contexts that challenge self-regulation (e.g., while participants are intoxicated or experiencing strong cravings). She also uses longitudinal designs with large clinical samples to specify the mechanisms by which individuals fail to self-regulate and to identify individuals at risk to develop addiction. This information not only can inform the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders, but it also offers insight into basic aspects of human emotion and social functioning."