Core Faculty

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Leadership

  • Suzanne Colby

    Suzanne Colby

    Interim Director, Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Laboratory and clinical studies, treatment development, and instrumentation research related to adolescent and young adult substance use disorders. Innovative interventions targeting heavy drinking, HIV risk behavior, and smoking in various populations including adolescents, young adults, adults receiving emergency medical care, and adults with schizophrenia

Core Faculty

  • Jasjit Ahluwalia

    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor of Medicine

    Minority health and health disparities; nicotine addiction and smoking cessation (pharmacotherapy and behavioral interventions) in African Americans; mentoring and career development

  • Elizabeth_Aston

    Elizabeth Aston

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Behavioral and pharmacological effects of marijuana; co-use of marijuana and alcohol; behavioral economics of substance use; use of marijuana for medical purposes

  • Nancy_Barnett

    Nancy Barnett

    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

    Brief alcohol interventions; naturalistic change in problematic alcohol use; alcohol biosensor technology research; computer-based assessment and intervention; adolescent and young adult populations

  • Christy_Capone

    Christy Capone

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

    Treatment of co-occurring substance use disorders (SUD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military Veterans

  • Kate_Carey

    Kate Carey

    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Screening and brief interventions for at-risk drinkers; understanding mediators and moderators of intervention effects; social influences (e.g., perceived norms) on drinking behavior; assessing and enhancing motivation to change; alcohol’s effects on HIV risk behaviors

  • Rachel_Cassidy

    Rachel Cassidy

    Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Tobacco regulatory research; Adolescent smoking; e-cigarette use behaviors; smoking cessation; behavioral economics

  • Mark_Celio

    Mark A. Celio

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Uses qualitative and experimental methodology to better understand alcohol influences on sexual decision making

  • Patricia Cioe

    Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    HIV; smoking cessation; electronic cigarette use behaviors, health effects of cigarette smoking, health promotion; cardiovascular risk reduction change

  • Kimberly Goodyear Chavanne

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Improving interventions and treatments for individuals with alcohol and other substance use disorders.

  • Rachel Gunn

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    The impact of simultaneous alcohol and marijuana use on alcohol consumption and consequences in the natural environment using ambulatory assessment and alcohol biosensors.

  • Arryn Guy

    Investigator, Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Dr. Guy's research focuses on the translation of evidence-based behavioral health interventions from testing to implementation using community-engaged research methods, with the ultimate goal of increasing rates of HIV viral suppression and reducing HIV-related comorbidities among racial/ethnic and sexual/gender minorities.

  • Carolina_Haass-Koffler

    Carolina Haass-Koffler

    Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

    Transitional research (neuroscience-human laboratory studies) examining biobehavioral mechanisms of addiction, focus on: stress (HPA/extrahypothalamic), neuroendocrine pathways (brain-gut axis, ghrelin, leptin, insulin) and ethanol pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics modeling

  • Michelle Haikalis

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Studying the intersection of alcohol use and sexual violence through the use of laboratory, naturalistic, self-report and qualitative methodologies.

  • Kristina_Jackson

    Kristina Jackson

    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)

    Developmental course, alcohol, initiation, progression, trajectories, adolescents, alcohol-tobacco comorbidity; longitudinal methodology and analysis, fine-grained data collection 

  • Tim Janssen

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Determinants of substance use initiation and substance use trajectories in adolescence using both longitudinal and event-level determinants. Interest in variety of quantitative statistical implementations (e.g. factor analysis, mixture, multilevel) using SEM framework.

  • Christopher_Kahler

    Christopher Kahler

    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Chair of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Smoking cessation; brief alcohol interventions; co-use of alcohol and tobacco; personality, affect, and addictions; alcohol and HIV/AIDS; positive psychology and positive psychotherapy

  • Aditya Khanna

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Research primarily uses network analysis, agent-based modeling and predictive analytics to inform initiatives to achieve health equity. Focus on incorporating psychosocial (e.g., substance use) and structural (e.g., incarceration) barriers to care.  

  • Gabriela López

    Investigator, Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Dr. López's work focuses on the intersection of alcohol use and sexual victimization among sexual and racial/ethnic minority women.

  • Molly Magill

    Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Areas of mentorship capacity include mechanisms of behavior change research; statistical analyses in the context of clinical trials; meta-analysis of addictions treatments effects; and therapist training, fidelity monitoring, and implementation science

  • Rosemarie_Martin

    Rosemarie Ann Martin

    Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Addictions treatment, behavioral or psychosocial interventions, longitudinal data-analysis; mechanisms of behavior change; mediators/moderators of treatment outcomes; process research

  • matthew_meisel

    Matthew Meisel

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Social network analysis; emerging adults; respondent-driven sampling and other sample methods; alcohol misuse and alcohol-related consequences; nonmedical use of prescription drugs; co-use of alcohol and other drugs; health disparities

  • Jennifer Merrill

    Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Alcohol misuse and consequences among young adults; subjective evaluations of alcohol-related consequences; alcohol-induced blackouts; use of ecological momentary assessment to understand young adult drinking; brief alcohol interventions; longitudinal data analysis; qualitative methods

  • Jane Metrik

    Jane Metrik

    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research), Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)

    Pharmacological and psychological bases of acute effects of marijuana on behavior and decision-making process; genetic factors and other individual differences characterizing users most vulnerable to development of cannabis use disorders; alcohol, marijuana interactions, and cross-reactivity

  • Lauren Micalizzi

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Prenatal substance exposure; development of externalizing behavior problems; familial influences on adolescent substance use; self-regulation; behavioral genetic methods

  • Robert_Miranda_Jr

    Robert Miranda

    Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

    Research program on the treatment of adolescents with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders, with a special focus on testing new pharmacological interventions and using novel strategies to monitor how adolescents behave in their natural environment

  • Mollie Monnig

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Research interests include 1) effects of alcohol and other drugs on the brain’s white matter and metabolism, using magnetic resonance spectroscopy and diffusion weighted MRI; 2) alcohol use in the context of HIV infection; 3) biomarkers linking behavior to immune response

  • Peter_Monti

    Peter Monti

    Donald G. Millar Distinguished Professor of Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Alcohol treatment; brief interventions; mechanisms of change; cue reactivity; pharmacotherapy; adolescent use and abuse; alcohol and HIV/AIDs 

  • Cara Murphy

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Research interests: addictions treatment; nicotine addiction; smoking cessation, e-cigarette use behaviors; multiple health behavior change; behavioral economics; obesity; weight gain prevention

  • Melissa Pielech

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

    Increasing access to evidence-based approaches to assessing and treating pain and substance use in pediatric integrated care settings; pediatric pain; adolescent and young adult substance use; family-based treatment; mixed-methods.

  • Samantha Portis

    Investigator, Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Dr. Portis’s research explores the impact of chronic alcohol misuse on neurogenesis and cognitive function in an aging population and the potential rescue effects of a nutraceutical.

  • Damaris Rohsenow

    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Pharmacotherapy and behavioral treatment for smoking among substance abusers; effects of pharmacotherapies for alcohol or smoking on mechanisms of effect; cue reactivity; measures development for alcohol, smoking, cocaine use/abuse/treatment; behavioral treatments for cocaine dependence

  • Robert Rosales

    ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

    The multilevels of oppression that produce health and health service disparities; Socioculturally adapted interventions to help address alcohol and substance use issues 

  • Kelli Scott

    Kelli Scott

    ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

    Implementation of evidence-based substance use and mental health interventions in community treatment settings; addiction workforce development and training; adolescent substance use; measurement-based care

  • Alexander Sokolovsky

    Alexander Sokolovsky

    Assistant Professors of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Research interests: The etiology and consequences of tobacco use and dependence; the application of experience sampling methods (e.g., ecological momentary assessment or EMA) to better model antecedent processes and evaluate their influence on behavior; and the translation of this knowledge into the development of preventative interventions and treatments for smoking cessation.

  • Robert Swift

    Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

    Clinical and laboratory research on the pharmacological treatment of alcohol and drug abuse and dependence

  • Jennifer Tidey

    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Associate Director of Research

    Tobacco regulatory science; smoking and other drug use in people with psychiatric illness; human behavioral pharmacology laboratory research; contingency management

  • Hayley Treloar Padovano

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Research is designed to bridge theory and research from the human laboratory to the natural environment through the pairing of longitudinal ecological momentary assessment (EMA) in adolescents' daily lives with psychophysiological assessments in a controlled laboratory setting

  • Tara White

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Neural basis of individual differences in emotion and drug effects using fMRI, monoamine challenge; validated laboratory assessments of temperament, affect and behavior

  • Tyler Wray

    Edens Family Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Digital health; digital behavior change; user-centered design; dissemination and commercialization; virtual reality; addictions; HIV

  • David Zelaya

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences