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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Leon I. Puttler, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone: (517) 353-5926
Fax: (517) 432-3764

Primary Programs/Services:
Substance Abuse


  • Michigan State University – Ph.D., Clinical Psychology -1996
  • California State University Los Angeles – M.S., Clinical Psychology - 1983
  • University of California, Los Angeles – B.S., Psychology - 1980

Clinical Interest:

  • Child Externalizing Problems
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Marital Issues
  • Depression

Research Interest:

  • Development of Substance Abuse Problems
  • Effects of Parental Substance Abuse Recovery on Children
  • PTSD
  • Developmental Psychopathology

Academic Appointment:

  • Assistant Research Scientist

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • Puttler, L. I., Zucker, R. A., Fitzgerald, H. E. & Bingham, C. R. (1998). Behavioral outcomes among COAs during the early and middle childhood years: Familial subtype variations. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 22, 1962-1972.
  • Nigg, J. T., Glass, J. M., Poon, E., Wong, M. M., Fitzgerald, H. E., Puttler, L. I., Jester, J. M., Adams, K. M., & Zucker, R. A. (2004). Neuropsychological executive functioning in children at elevated risk for alcoholism: Findings in early adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 13, 302-314.
  • Jester, J. M., Nigg, J. T., Adams, K. M., Fitzgerald, H. E., Puttler, L. I., Wong, M. M., & Zucker, R. A. (2004, In press). Inattention/hyperactivity and aggression from early childhood to adolescence: Heterogeneity of trajectories and differential influence of family environment characteristics. Development and Psychopathology.
  • Zucker, R. A., Wong, M. M., Puttler, L .I., & Fitzgerald, H. E. (2003). Resilience and vulnerability among sons of alcoholics: Relationship to developmental outcomes between early childhood and adolescence. In S. Luthar (Ed.), Resilience and Vulnerability: Adaptation in the Context of Childhood Adversities (pp.76-103). New York: Cambridge University Press.

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