Li-Tzy Wu, ScD, RN, MA


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Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Duke University Medical Center, BOX 3903
Durham, North Carolina 27710
Tel: 919 889 9369

Education and training

  • ScD, Psychiatric Epidemiology: The Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health
  • NIMH and NIDA postdoctoral Fellow: Psychiatric Epidemiology, Drug Abuse Epidemiology
  • NIH Fellow: NIH Summer Institute for Randomized Clinical Trials

Research interests

  • Comorbidity
  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • Psychiatric and addiction epidemiology
  • Psychometrics
  • Substance abuse and mental health treatment and service use
  • New research methodologies

Select references in Geriatric Mental Health Epidemiology

Crome I, Li TK, Rao R, Wu LT. Alcohol limits in older people. Addiction. 2012 Mar 28. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.03854.x.

Blazer DG, Wu LT. Patterns of tobacco use and tobacco-related psychiatric morbidity and substance use among middle-aged and older adults in the United States. Aging Ment Health. 2012 Apr;16(3):296-304.

Blazer DG, Wu LT. The epidemiology of alcohol use disorders and subthreshold dependence in a middle-aged and elderly community sample. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2011 Aug;19(8):685-94.

Wu LT, Blazer DG. Illicit and nonmedical drug use among older adults: a review. J Aging Health. 2011 Apr;23(3):481-504.

Blazer DG, Wu LT. The epidemiology of at-risk and binge drinking among middle-aged and elderly community adults: National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Am J Psychiatry. 2009 Oct;166(10):1162-9.

Blazer DG, Wu LT. Nonprescription use of pain relievers by middle-aged and elderly community-living adults: National Survey on Drug Use and Health. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009 Jul;57(7):1252-7.

Blazer DG, Wu LT. The epidemiology of substance use and disorders among middle aged and elderly community adults: national survey on drug use and health. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2009 Mar;17(3):237-45.


Epidemiology of nonmedical prescription analgesic use
Classification of Substance Use Severity and Treatment Outcomes
Evolution of Psychopathology in the Population
Classification of substance use disorders
Substance abuse among older adults (book)

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