Dr. Matthew Lee is lifespan-developmental addictions researcher. Much of his graduate and postdoctoral research investigated “maturing out” of problem drinking during young adulthood. As a postdoctoral trainee, he was awarded a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence grant, which facilitated extension of his research to investigate problem-drinking recovery across the entire adult lifespan. The grant’s K99 phase investigated age differences across the lifespan in various potential recovery mechanisms stemming from multiple theoretical perspectives on recovery (e.g., family-role transitions [marriage and parenthood], personality maturation, alcohol-related "problem recognition" and drinking restraint, health issues). The grant’s upcoming R00 phase will investigate health and problem drinking in midlife and older adulthood through reassessments of past participants from a longitudinal, multigenerational study of familial alcohol use disorder.
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