Dr. Zucker is Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, Director of the University of Michigan Addiction Research Center (UMARC), and Director of the Substance Abuse Section in the Department of Psychiatry. He is also a Faculty Associate at the Institute for Social Research (Research Center for Group Dynamics) at Michigan. He is a past-president of the Division on Addictions of the American Psychological Association, a review editor for Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, as well as a consulting editor for the Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, and Development and Psychopathology.
His major research focus has been the lifespan etiology of substance abuse, with a special interest in the development and clinical course of alcoholism. For 25 years, he has been director of the Michigan Longitudinal Study and is a participating investigator on a number of other UMARC projects concerning the genetics of alcoholism, brain mechanisms regulating addictive behavior, and studies of clinical course and outcome. Zucker is also director of an NIH/NIDA supportedInternational Collaborative Substance Abuse Research Training program to develop research infrastructure on addictions in Central and Eastern Europe. He is the author of over 200 publications, the editor of 10 books, is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in clinical psychology, a member of the Polish Society of Psychiatrists’ Hall of Fame, and is a recipient of the Research Society on Alcoholism’s Distinguished Researcher Award.