Assistant Professor of Psychology, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Behavioral Pharmacology)
Research and/or Creative Works
My research interests are two-fold. I have conducted research focused on the development and evaluation of novel treatments for opioid misuse and use disorder. Most recently, this has included work on two randomized clinical trials evaluating a novel interim buprenorphine treatment for reducing illicit opioid use and other high-risk behaviors among adults with untreated opioid use disorder. I also have a research interest focused on the delivery and evaluation of cognitive-behavioral treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder in individuals with concurrent substance use disorders. I am currently preparing to integrate these two areas of research as I direct a study investigating the contribution of prolonged exposure therapy, an efficacious manualized cognitive-behavioral treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder, above and beyond opioid agonist treatment alone for reducing posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms among patients with concurrent posttraumatic stress disorder and opioid use disorder.
• Peck, K. R., Parker, M. A., & Sigmon, S. C. (2019). Reasons for non-medical use of opioids among young adults in the United States: The role of educational status. Preventive Medicine. doi:10.106/j.ypmed.2019.03.047 (Epub ahead of print).
• Peck, K.R., Schumacher, J.A., Stasiewicz, P.R. & Coffey S.F. (2018). Treatment-seeking adults with comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder, alcohol use disorder, and opioid use disorder: The effectiveness of modified prolonged exposure. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 31(3), 373-382.
• Peck, K.R., Coffey, S.C., McGuire, A.P., Voluse, A.C., & Connolly, K.M. (2018). Cognitive processing therapy for veterans diagnosed with co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder: The relationship between trauma-related cognitions and outcomes of a 6-week treatment program. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 59, 34-41.
• Hollingsworth, D.W., Gauthier, J., McGuire, A.P., Peck, K.R., Hahn, K., & Conolly, K. (2018). Intolerance of uncertainty mediates symptoms of PTSD and depression in African American Veterans. Journal of Black Psychology, 44(7), 667-688.
• Peck, K. R., Ehrentraut, J. H., & Anghelescu, D. L. (2016). Risk factors for opioid misuse in adolescents and young adults with focus on oncology setting. Journal of Opioid Management, 12, 205-216. doi: 10.5055/jom.2016.0333.
Associations and Affiliations
Faculty, Vermont Center on Behavior and Health