Tamara L. Wall, Ph.D.
Professor
SDVAMC 
3350 La Jolla Villa Drive
San Diego, CA 92161-116A
Phone #: 858-552-8585 x2485
FAX #: 858-642-6201
E-mail: twall@ucsd.edu

Biography 
Dr. Wall received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Joint Doctoral Program between San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. She completed an internship and a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the University of California, San Francisco where she specialized in substance abuse services. Dr. Wall is Associate Chief of the Psychology Service and Director of Psychological Services for the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. She is Associate Director of the Joint Doctoral Program between San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego.

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.

Selected Publications: 

  • 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.

 

University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0603 La Jolla, CA 92037-0603
Telephone: (858) 534-3684, Fax: (858) 534-7653, Electronic Mail: psychiatry@ucsd.edu