Tamara L. Wall, Ph.D. 



Contact Information

3350 La Jolla Villa Drive
San Diego, CA 92161-116A
T: (858) 552-8585 x2485
F: (858) 552-7414


Dr. Wall received her B.A. in Psychology from UCSD and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Joint Doctoral Program between SDSU and UCSD. She completed an internship and a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the UCSF where she specialized in substance abuse services. Dr. Wall is Associate Chief of the Psychology Service and Director of Mental Health Education and Training at VASDHS. She is Training Director of the VASDHS-UCSD Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Residency Program, Co-Director of the Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment at VASDHS, and Associate Director of the SDSU-UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.

Research Interests

Research Focus

Dr. Wall’s research is focused on factors and processes that predispose and/or protect individuals, particularly ethnic minorities, from alcohol and other substance involvement. She has studied Asian Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Jewish and non-Jewish Caucasians. Each of these projects was designed to examine variations in the genes that regulate alcohol metabolism, their protective associations with alcohol- and other substance-related behavior, potential mechanisms of action, as well as additional biological and/or psychosocial factors associated with alcohol and other substance involvement.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Wall is licensed as a psychologist in the state of California. She supervises doctoral students, psychology interns, and postdoctoral fellows who perform clinical rotations at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program.


  • Wall, T. L., Carr, L. G., & Ehlers, C. L. (2003). Protective association of genetic variation in alcohol dehydrogenase: with alcohol dependence in Native American Mission Indians. American Journal of Psychiatry, 160 (1), 41-46.
  • Luczak, S. E., Wall, T. L., Cook, T. A. R., Shea, S. H., & Carr, L. G. (2004). ALDH2 status and conduct disorder mediate the relationship between ethnicity and alcohol dependence in Chinese, Korean, and White American college students. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 113 (2), 271-278.
  • Wall, T. L., Shea, S. H., Luczak, S. E., Cook, T. A. R., & Carr, L. G. (2005). Genetic associations of alcohol dehydrogenase with alcohol use disorders and endophenotypes in White college students. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 114 (3), 456-465.
  • Wall, T. L. (2005). Genetic associations of alcohol and aldehyde dehydrogenase with alcohol dependence and their mechanisms of action. Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, 27 (6), 700-703.
  • Luczak, S. E., Glatt, S. J., & Wall, T. L. (2006). Meta-analyses of ALDH2 and ADH1B and alcohol dependence in Asians: Examining models of influence. Psychological Bulletin, 132 (4), 607-621.