Personal Statement

I am an Associate Professor at the UNM Department of Family and Community Medicine (FCM) and a licensed clinical psychologist in New Mexico. My research is focused on the intersection between alcohol/drug use and stress/trauma with a particular interest in mothers. I will contribute to this R61/R33 project by sharing my experiences with 1) recruiting women who drink alcohol, 2) conducting ethical and respectful research with mothers with alcohol and other substance use disorders (SUD), 3) recruiting from UNM FCM clinics, and 4) monitoring treatment fidelity.

Areas of Specialty

· The role of emotion regulation in alcohol and other substance use disorders
· Improving treatment approaches for comorbid substance use disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder (SUD/PTSD) in special underserved populations
· Neuroimaging of stress and emotion regulation in the context of alcohol and other substance use problems
· Neural mechanisms of behavioral change
· Interventions to reduce perinatal substance use problems
· The role of posttraumatic stress disorder and emotion regulation in perinatal substance use problems
· Perinatal mental health and infant outcomes
· Using neuroimaging techniques to better understand PTSD symptoms

Key Publications

Journal Article
Sanjuan, Pilar, 2021 Prenatal maternal PTSD as a risk factor for adverse for adverse birth weight and gestational age outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 295
Sanjuan, Pilar, Anxiety Sensitivity and Emotion Regulation Moderate the Association Between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Severity and Alcohol Use Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, , Abstracts Sanjuan, Pilar, Interaction Effects Between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder On Cognitive-Affective Reactions to A Trauma Cue Task Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, ,