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Lesia Ruglass

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Lesia Ruglass


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Dr. Lesia Ruglass is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the City College of New York, where she also directs the OASAS certified Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) program. She is currently Principal Investigator on two pilot studies examining racial/ethnic differences in attentional bias and cue reactivity among cannabis and nicotine users and co-investigator on several clinical trials that examined the efficacy/effectiveness of combined and integrated treatments for co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders (SUD). Dr. Ruglass has a specific interest in understanding and reducing racial/ethnic disparities in mental health and PTSD/SUD outcomes. She has received awards and grants from the National Institutes on Health and the City College City SEEDS program.  She has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and presented her work nationally and internationally. She is co-author of the book, Psychology of Trauma 101 (with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Springer Publishing) and co-editor of the book, Women’s Mental Health Across the Lifespan: Challenges, Vulnerabilities, and Strengths (with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, forthcoming from Routledge Publishing).

Dr. Ruglass received her B.A. in Psychology from New York University, her M.A. in Psychology from Boston University, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York City.  She completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the Mount Sinai-St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital. She is a member of the American Psychological Association [APA, Divisions 50 (Addictions) and 56 (Trauma Psychology)] and the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.  She is currently Member-at-Large and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Multicultural Committee for Division 56 of APA. Dr. Ruglass also maintains a private practice based in New York City. 

A full list of Dr. Ruglass’s published work can be found on My Bibliography at:



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