Marc Kruse


Dr. Marc Kruse is the staff psychologist for the Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. He is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and completed his clinical internship at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown Medical School and the Providence, Rhode Island Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

He is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center. Prior to joining the City of Austin, Marc was an investigator on multiple federally-funded research projects and directed the data management division of the Central Texas VA and VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans. In addition to his work with military veterans, Dr. Kruse has been involved in clinical research with firefighters and first-responders from Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Fairfax, New York, Providence, and Toronto.

The majority of Dr. Kruse’s clinical and research efforts are focused on working with trauma-exposed populations (firefighters, first-responders, military veterans) with particular emphasis on the assessment and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders. Marc currently has two ongoing studies with Paramedics (“Job Satisfaction and Occupational Stress in Paramedics” and “Patterns of Sleep in Emergency Medical Service Providers”) and is working with collaborators to establish a multi-city, longitudinal study of behavioral health issues affecting EMS providers. His clinical practice emphasizes the use of empirically-supported treatments.

Dr. Kruse joined the SAHARA Lab in the Fall of 2000, earned his M.A. in May of 2003, and his Ph.D. in August of 2008. As a graduate student under the supervision of Dr. Fromme, Marc took a lead role on multiple research projects including several alcohol administration and laboratory assessment studies as well as recruitment for “The UT Experience!” study. Marc’s dissertation was focused on the identification of factors (physiological, psychological, and social) that reliably differentiate underage drinkers who are at a greater risk for experiencing alcohol-related problems and persisting in heavy drinking patterns into adulthood from those who will naturally “mature out” of heavy drinking in response to life changes. In conjunction with Dr. Fromme, Marc developed and conducted a series of studies designed to examine the potential influence of individual differences in subjective response to alcohol on the drinking patterns of emerging adults. In particular, his research efforts centered on the development of a valid and reliable self-report measure of subjective response to alcohol that can be utilized with underage drinkers; and exploration of whether individual differences in subjective response to alcohol are unique to the pharmacological effects of ethanol or represent a general pattern of responsiveness to physiological sensations. Marc was awarded a 3 year Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to support his research.

On a personal note, Marc lives in Georgetown, Texas (a suburb approximately 35 miles north of downtown Austin) with his wife Crystal, son Jake, daughter Katie, and two cats. Marc considers himself very fortunate to have been trained by Dr. Fromme and the other faculty in the Department of Psychology at UT and is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the clinical psychology program at UT, working with Dr. Fromme in the SAHARA Lab, or living in Texas (both Marc and his wife are native Californians). You may feel free to contact him by e-mail at: