Welcome to LASAR

The Laboratory for Anxiety and Substance Abuse Research (LASAR) under the direction of Dr. Lindsay Ham is a comprehensive research program focused on the study of alcohol and drug use, with particular interests in the development of substance misuse, co-occurring anxiety and alcohol use, alcohol and aggression, as well as the psychosocial effects of alcohol and other drugs.  Housed in historic Memorial Hall on the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville campus, LASAR facilities include a data workroom, areas for clinical interviewing and psychophysiological measurement, computer testing, and a simulated bar-laboratory.

Evidence-based clinical services for alcohol and drug use problems, anxiety, trauma, and other related difficulties are available on a limited basis in the Psychological Clinic.

Feel free to browse the links on the left to learn more about the LASAR team and research. And of course, feel free to contact LASAR via the Contact Us link on the above. Thanks for visiting!

LASAR Announcements

  • Dr. Ham will be reviewing applications for graduate students in the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Third-year doctoral student Noah Wolkowicz, Dr. Ham, and Dr. Jenn Veilleux were awarded a one-year grant from the Arkansas Biosciences Institute that will fund Noah’s dissertation project.  
  • The results of Dr. Lindsay Ham and her colleagues’ recently completed R21 was presented as part of a symposium at this year’s Research Society on Alcoholism conference!
  • Congratulations to Alex Melkonian on his publication, The effects of alcohol intoxication on college women’s
    identification of risk for sexual assault: A systematic review
     in the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors! 

LASAR Student Success: Congratulations for all of your accomplishments this year!

  • Alex Melkonian is completing his APA-accredited doctoral internship at Medical University of South Carolina! Congratulations (soon-to-be) Dr. Alex Melkonian on all of your hard work!!