Magdalena Kulesza

Magdalena Kulesza
Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D., M.A. in clinical psychology, Louisiana State University; B.A. in psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook

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Magdalena Kulesza is an associate behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation. She is interested in factors related to the utilization of and access to substance abuse treatment, such as brief and cost-effective interventions, substance-use related stigma among both general public and individuals coping with substance use problems, and drug policy. Prior to joining RAND, Kulesza completed her post-doctoral fellowship at University of Washington. Kulesza received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University and trained at Brown University Medical School.

Recent Projects

  • Psychology Training in Alcohol Research
  • RCT of web vs. in-person SUD and comorbidity treatment
  • RCT of Web vs. In-person SUD and Comorbidity Treatment
  • Shame among individuals with substance use disorders: Does it predict substance use and
  • Relationship between coping strategies, treatment outcome and relapse among cocaine

Selected Publications

Kaysen, D., Kulesza, M., Balsam, K., Rhew, I., Blaynley, J., Lehavot, K., and Hughes, T., "Coping as a mediator of internalized homophobia and psychological distress among young adult sexual minority women.," Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. (forthcoming)

Copeland, A.L., Proctor, S.L., Terlecki, M.A., Kulesza, M., "Do Positive Alcohol Expectancies Have a Critical Development Period in Pre-Adolescents?" Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (forthcoming)

Kulesza, M., Raguram, R., & Rao, D., "Perceived Mental Health Related Stigma, Gender and Depressive Symptom Severity in a Psychiatric Facility in South India," Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 9:73-77, 2014

Kulesza, M., Ramsey, S.E., Brown, R.A., & Larimer, M.E., "Stigma Among Individuals With Substance Use Disorders: Does It Predict Substance Use, and Does It Diminish With Treatment?" Journal of Addictive Behaviors Therapy and Rehabilitation, 3(1), 2014

Luoma, J.B., Kulesza, M., Hayes, S.C., Kohlenberg, & Larimer, M.E., "Stigma Predicts Treatment Length in Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment," The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 40(3):206-212, 2014

Kulesza, M., Grossbard, J.R., Kilmer, J., Copeland, A.L., & Larimer, M.E., "Take One for the Team? Influence of Team and Individual Sport Participation on High School Athlete Substance Use Patterns.," Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 23(4):217-223, 2014

Kulesza, M., Apperson, M., Larimer, M.E., & Copeland, A.L., "Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing the Efficacy of Two Active Conditions of a Brief Intervention for Heavy College Drinkers," Addictive Behaviors, 38(4):2094-2101, 2013

Kulesza, M., Larimer, M.E & Rao, D, "Substance Use Related Stigma: What We Know And The Way Forward," Journal of Addictive Behaviors, Therapy and Rehabilitation, 2(2), 2013