Harvard Health Books

Debi A. LaPlante

Debi A. LaPlante, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Academic Affairs at the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Currently Dr. LaPlante is senior editor of the online research review, the BASIS, which publishes weekly science reviews on the latest research studies of gambling, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Dr. LaPlante serves on the editorial board of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors and is an ad hoc reviewer for numerous other journals. Dr. LaPlante also has consulted for the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling in the development of a problem gambling self-change toolkit, Your First Step to Change, and Family Health Productions, Inc. in the development of a youth alcohol prevention video toolkit, Alcohol: True Stories. Dr. LaPlante played a lead role in the development of the EMERGE (Executive, Management and Employee Responsible Gaming Education) program.

One of Dr. LaPlante’s primary research interests is on addiction in special populations. Her research has shown that women in treatment for addictive behavior (i.e., repeat DUI offenders) have more complicated and extensive psychiatric histories than men. This indicates that it might take more problems for women to reach the point of treatment and that in many cases their addictive behavior might be secondary to other psychiatric disorders. From this research stemmed the idea for her newest book Responsible Drinking for Women.

  • Responsible drinking for women
  • Addiction syndrome
  • Internet gambling
  • Behavorial addiction