Hector I. Lopez-VergaraAssistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)
Hector received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University at Buffalo (SUNY) in 2014. His program of research has sought to “unpack” specific dysregulatory risk factors for substance use and psychopathology, with an emphasis on executive functioning, motivational, and memory processes. Hector was awarded a K08 Career Development Award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) that seeks to test a framework to quantify etiological heterogeneity of alcohol involvement. “Unpacking” etiological heterogeneity has the potential to increase experimental precision and advance our current mental health classification system, and hence is a necessary step in developing personalized medicine approaches that seek to build upon existing levels of treatment outcome efficacy.