Joan Tucker is a lecturer and teaches a course on evaluation in mental health settings. She currently serves as a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. In this role, she conducts research in the areas of substance use and HIV/AIDS.
Since 1998, she has been funded as a principal investigator by the National Institutes of Health and has published more than 170 peer-reviewed papers. Her work on substance use includes identifying developmental trajectories of substance use, risk factors for initiation and escalation, and short- and long-term consequences of use during adolescence and young adulthood. Her HIV-related research includes investigating the impact of mental health and substance use problems on adherence to antiretroviral medications; prevalence and correlates of risky sexual practices among HIV-positive adults with serious mental illness; and the interrelationships of substance use, violence, and HIV-related risk behavior among homeless adults and youth. Much of her recent research has focused on developing and evaluating brief interventions for substance use and sexual risk behaviors.
Tucker is an elected fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, Society of Behavioral Medicine and Western Psychological Association.
University of California, Riverside: PhD 1993
University of California, Irvine: BA 1985
Areas of Expertise (3)
Industry Expertise (5)
- Western Psychological Association: President
- Association for Psychological Science: Fellow
Articles & Publications (1)
Non-medical prescription drug use (NMPDU) is a growing public health problem among adolescents. This is the first study to examine the correlates of early NMPDU initiation during middle school, and how early initiation is associated with four domains of functioning in high school (mental health, social, academic, and delinquency).