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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.
  • Jester, J. M., Nigg, J. T., Buu, A., Puttler, L.I., Glass, J. M., Heitzeg, M. M., Fitzgerald, H. E., & Zucker, R. A. (2008). Trajectories of childhood aggression and inattention/hyperactivity: Differential effects on substance abuse in adolescence. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 47, 1158-1165.
  • Martel, M. M., Pierce, L., Nigg, J. T., Jester, J. M., Adams K., Puttler, L. I., Buu, A., Fitzgerald, H., & Zucker, R. A. (2009). Temperamental pathways to childhood disruptive behavior and adolescent substance abuse: Testing a cascade model. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 37, 363-373.
  • Cranford, J. A., Zucker, R. A., Jester, J. A., & Puttler, L. I. (2010). Parental Alcohol involvement and adolescent alcohol expectancies predict alcohol involvement in male adolescents. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24, 386-396.
  • Buu, A., Dabrowska, A.,Mygrants, M., Puttler, L .I., Jester, J. J., & Zucker, R. A. (2014). Gender differences in the developmental risk for onset of alcohol, nicotine, and marijuana use and the effects of nicotine and marijuana use on alcohol outcomes". Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75, 850-858.