Matthew T. Luciano, M.S.

Biographical Sketch

Matt Luciano is a fifth-year student in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. He graduated from Syracuse University and subsequently worked for two years at the Syracuse University Psychology Department. He spent an additional two years as a psychology technician at the National Center for PTSD in Boston, MA. His research interests are in the etiology and treatment of co-occuring PTSD and alcohol misuse. Matt is interested in testing novel theoretical approaches (e.g., behavioral economics) that may help to further understand this complex comorbidity (outside of the already widely studied "self-medication hypothesis"). He is also interested in testing concurrent treatments to address comorbidity. Matt recently received a NRSA F31 grant that will fund his dissertation. The aim of this project is to reduce hazardous drinking by supplementing a brief alcohol intervention with an avoidance-focused personalized feedback session for veterans with PTSD. Matt also serves as the Student Section Chair for ISTSS. In July of 2019, he will be attending the San Diego VA Consortium for his internship year.

Recent Publications

Luciano, M. T., McDevitt-Murphy, M. E., Acuff, S. F., Bellet, B. W., Tripp, J. C., & Murphy, J. G. (2018). Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms improve after an integrated brief alcohol intervention for OEF/OIF/OND veterans. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1037/tra0000378

Acuff, S. F., Luciano, M. T., Soltis, K. E., Joyner, K. J., McDevitt-Murphy, M. E., Murphy, J. G. (2018). Access to environmental reward mediates the association between posttraumatic stress symptoms and alcohol problems and craving. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 26, 177-185. doi:10.1037/pha0000181

Luciano, M. T., & McDevitt-Murphy, M. E. (2017). Posttraumatic stress and physical health functioning: Moderating effects of deployment and postdeployment social support in OEF/OIF/OND Veterans. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 205, 93-98. doi:10.1097/NMD.0000000000000571

McDevitt-Murphy, M. E., Luciano, M. T., Tripp, J. C., & Eddinger, J. E. (2017). Drinking motives and PTSD-related alcohol expectancies among combat veterans. Addictive Behaviors, 64, 217-222. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.08.029

Education and Training

Doctor of Philosophy, (in progress)

Clinical Psychology

The University of Memphis


Masters of Science, (2016)

Clinical Psychology

The University of Memphis


Bachelor of Arts, (2010)

Psychology, English Textual Studies

Syracuse University