The Department of Psychiatry recognizes the exemplary expertise of our distinguished faculty
Tamika C. Zapolski, MS, PhD, joined IU School of Medicine in September as an associate professor of clinical psychology. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2013 and completed her internship at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. She holds clinical expertise in the delivery of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) for both adolescent and adult populations.
Dr. Zapolski’s research focuses on the risk of substance use and other health behaviors among African Americans. She recently developed a theoretical model for African American alcohol use, published in Psychological Bulletin. Using this theoretical model, she has expanded her research, focusing on the risk of marijuana use among African Americans. Specifically, she examines the interactive effect of cultural variables factors of drug choice, course of use, and consequences among African American youth and young adult populations.
She wears many hats, including director of the Prevention Research In Substance Use & Minority Health (PRISM) Lab and co-director of the newly formed Adolescent Behavioral Health Research Program (BHP). She is also a Learning for Early Careers in Addiction & Diversity (LEAD) program scholar and a mentored scientist with the Center for Translational and Prevention Science (CTAPS).
Her future plans include expanding the delivery of substance use interventions and DBT to school systems and youth-serving organizations across the state and within the medical settings. She also plans on developing and expanding the use of culturally adapted substance use interventions for racial/ethnic minority youth and adults.
We welcome Dr. Zapolski to the team and look forward to her significant contributions.