Alicia Klanecky

 

Alicia entered clinical psychology program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Fall 2006. Her research interests incorporate various aspects of substance abuse and dependence such as vulnerabilities to addiction and psychological co-morbidities. Specific interests examine the relations between substance dependence and trauma exposure. Her masters thesis examined the emotional reactivity of individuals with co-morbid trauma and substance dependence histories compared with those without the vulnerability.  Her dissertation examined emotion dysregulation pathways that linked childhood sexual abuse histories with binge drinking on campus.

Alicia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from UNL in May 2006. Under Dr. Debra Hope and Dr. McChargue, Alicia worked as an ASTP research coordinator and completed an honors thesis examining the "maturing out" process in the relationship between perceived drinking norms and college binge drinking. Alicia received the 2005-2006 Most Outstanding Psychology Undergraduate Student Award (Wolfe Award).

Alicia is currently on internship at the Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Consortium and recently accepted a faculty position at the Department of Psychology, Creighton University.



Grants/Major Fellowships

Klanecky, AK (2010). Maude Hammond Fling Fellowship (one of the University's top graduate honors awarded to 5 graduate students during 2010-2011 academic year)

$20,000

 

Publications

Walsh K, DiLillo D, Klanecky A & McChargue D (in press). Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms: A mechanism in relationship between early sexual victimization and incapacitated rape/drug-or-alcohol-facilitated and forcible rape. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Highland KB, Herschl LC, Klanecky A & McChargue DE (in press). Biopsychosocial pathways to alcohol-related problems. American Journal on Addictions.

McChargue, DE, Klanecky, AK & Anderson J (2012). Alcohol use problems mediate the relation between cannabis use frequency and college functioning among students mandated to an alcohol diversion program. Journal of College Students Develoopment 53(4), 611-15.

Klanecky AK, McChargue DE & Bruggeman L. (2012). Desire to dissociate: Implications for problematic drinking in college students with childhood/adolescent sexual abuse exposure. American Journal on Addictions. 

McChargue, D. E., Drevo, S., Herrera, M. J., Doran, N., Salvi, S., & Klanecky, A. K. (2011). Trait-impulsivity moderates the relationship between rumination and number of major depressive episodes. Substance Use and Mental Health: Dual Diagnosis, 4(2), 96-104.

Bujarski, S., Klanecky, A. K., & McChargue, D. E. (2010). The relationship between alexithymia and alcohol-related risk perceptions: The moderating effect of general trauma in a college population. Addictive Behaviors, 35, 363-366.

Klanecky, A. K., Salvi, S., & McChargue, D. E. (2009). Childhood sexual trauma severity exposure moderates the association between cigarette smoking initiation and college drug use. American Journal on Addictions, 18(5), 363-366.

Klanecky, A. K., & McChargue, D. E. (2009). Emotional reactivity across individuals with varying trauma and substance dependence histories. Substance Use and Mental Health: Dual Diagnosis, 2(3), 191-202.

Klanecky, A. K., Harrington, J., & McChargue, D. E. (2008). Child sexual abuse, dissociation, and alcohol: Implications of chemical dissociation via blackouts among college women. American Journal of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 34, 277-284.

McChargue, D. E., Klanecky, A. K., Walsh, K., & DiLillo, D. (2008). Trauma exposure influences cue elicited affective responses among smokers with and without a history of depression. Addictive Behaviors, 33, 1454-1462.

Klanecky, A. K., & McChargue, D. (Revise and resubmit). Vulnerability to alcohol use disorders following early sexual abuse: The role of effortful control. Addiction Research & Theory.

Klanecky, A. K., Herschl, L., Herrera, M., & McChargue, D. (Under review). The role of emotional clarity on the relations between PTSD symptom severity and substance use treatment retention. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Walsh, K., DiLillo, D., Klanecky, A., & McChargue, D. (Under review). Posttraumatic stress disorder symptomatology: A mechanism in the relationship between early sexual victimization and incapacitated rape. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Presentations

Lauber, W, Herschl, LC, Klanecky, AK, Maldonado RC & McChargue, DE (2012, November). Desire to dissociate, substance use coping and alcohol-related blackouts among college students: A path analysis approach. Poster accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.

Herrera, M. J., Oakland, A., Klanecky, A. K., Hoffman, L., & McChargue, D. (November, 2011). Factor structure of the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS) among men in a transitional residential substance abuse program using item factor analysis. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, Toronto, Canada.

 Gale, E. B., Klanecky, A. K., & DiLillo, D. (November, 2011). Psychotherapy clients’ online behavior and opinions regarding internet searches conducted by therapists. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, Toronto, Canada.

 Rogers, R., Brady, L., Heet, D., Muckerheide, D., Rackers, A., Compney, P., Quint, P., Craft, J., & Klanecky, A. (August, 2011). Description of a pilot project using motivational incentives to improve outcomes of the Compensated Work Therapy Program. Poster presented at the 5th VHA Mental Health Conference: Improving Veterans’ Mental Health Care for the 21st Century, Baltimore, MD.

 Klanecky, A. K., Highland, K., & McChargue, D. (November, 2010). The influence of child/adolescent sexual abuse on women’s reductions in problematic drinking following a brief college alcohol intervention. In. D. E. McChargue (Chair), Child/adolescent sexual abuse, alcohol and revictimization: Understanding associations, mechanisms and treatment outcomes. Symposium conducted at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, San Francisco, CA.

 Klanecky, A. K., Bruggeman, L., & McChargue, D. (November, 2010). Desire to dissociate: Implications for problematic drinking in college students with childhood/adolescent sexual abuse exposure. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, San Francisco, CA.

 Klanecky, A. K., & McChargue, D. E. (November, 2008). Substance use coping patterns moderate dissociative tendencies and problematic drinking in college women with recent severe sexual victimization histories: Preliminary findings. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, Orlando, FL. 

 Meyer, S., Klanecky, A. K., & McChargue, D. E. (November, 2008). Functional outcomes of college drinking associated with familial and personality factors. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, Orlando, FL. 

 Klinkebiel, C., Klanecky, A. K., & McChargue, D. E. (November, 2008). D2 dopamine receptor gene moderates the relationship between trauma exposure and alcohol use onset. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, Orlando, FL. 

 Anderson, J., McChargue, D. E., & Klanecky, A. K. (November, 2008). Marijuana's association with college student functioning: The mediating effects of alcohol use problems. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, Orlando, FL. 

 Klanecky, A. K., Walsh, K., DiLillo, D., & McChargue, D. E. (February, 2008). Trauma exposure influences cue elicited affective responses: Among smokers with and without a history of depression. Poster accepted to the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Conference. Portland, OR. 

 Klanecky, A. & McChargue, D. E. (November, 2007). Emotional Response Differences across Individuals with Varying Trauma and Substance Dependence Histories. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Philadelphia, PA.

 Cossel, T., Klanecky, A., McChargue, D. (April, 2007). Childhood trauma enhances the association between age of cigarette smoking initiation and college drug use frequency. Poster presented at the Symposium on Motivation. Lincoln, NE.

 Salvi, S., Klanecky, A., Drevo, S., Bruhn, R. & McChargue, D.E. (February, 2007). Ambulatory resting blood pressure differentiates stress-induced reactivity among smokers: Preliminary Findings. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco. Austin, TX.

 Klanecky, A. K., Bonin, M. F., Hayes, S., & Hope, D. (November, 2005). Alcohol-related perceived norms in college student drinking. Honors thesis and poster presented at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, Washington, D.C.

 Klanecky, A. K. (November, 2005). Nervousness: Parental and Adolescent Differences within a Household. Poster presented at Nebraska Psychological Society Conference. Lincoln, NE.

 Klanecky, A. K. (April, 2005). Predicting trait anxiety: The contribution of social support. Poster presented at the Nebraska Psychological Association Conference and the 2005 Student Research Poster Competition. Lincoln, NE. Received second place.