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Steven Yale Sussman, PhD
Professor of Preventive Medicine
Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
SSB 302A 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 8220

Overview

Dr. Sussman's primary research interest is in drug abuse prevention and cessation. He has twelve years' experience in school-based adolescent alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse prevention and cessation research, and has investigated the psychosocial predictors of drug use development, cessation, and relapse prevention. He is also interested in empirically based program development, and in differentiating the effects of condition credibility versus information content for eliciting successful program effects.

Publications

Sussman S, Baezconde-Garbanati L, Garcia R, Barker DC, Samet JM, Leventhal A, Unger JB. Commentary: Forces That Drive the Vape Shop Industry and Implications for the Health Professions. Eval Health Prof. 2015 May 11. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Ames SL, Avol E. Could environmental exposures facilitate the incidence of addictive behaviors? Eval Health Prof. 2015 Mar; 38(1):53-8. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Arriaza B, Grigsby TJ. Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug misuse prevention and cessation programming for alternative high school youth: a review. J Sch Health. 2014 Nov; 84(11):748-58. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Valente TW, Rohrbach LA, Dent CW, Sun P. Commentary-project towards no drug abuse: an evidence-based drug abuse prevention program. J Prim Prev. 2014 Aug; 35(4):233-7. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Arnett JJ. Emerging Adulthood: Developmental Period Facilitative of the Addictions. Eval Health Prof. 2014 Jun; 37(2):147-55. View in: PubMed

Lisha NE, Sussman S, Fapa F, Leventhal AM. Physical activity and alcohol use disorders. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2013 Mar; 39(2):115-20. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Levy D, Lich KH, Cené CW, Kim MM, Rohrbach LA, Chaloupka FJ. Comparing effects of tobacco use prevention modalities: need for complex system models. Tob Induc Dis. 2013; 11(1):2. View in: PubMed

Barnett E, Sussman S, Smith C, Rohrbach LA, Spruijt-Metz D. Motivational Interviewing for adolescent substance use: A review of the literature. Addict Behav. 2012 Dec; 37(12):1325-34. View in: PubMed

Sussman S. Steve Sussman on Matilda Hellman's "Mind the gap! Failure in understanding key dimensions of an addicted drug user's life" addictive effects. Subst Use Misuse. 2012 Nov-Dec; 47(13-14):1661-5. View in: PubMed

Sussman S. Perspectives of "functional failure". Subst Use Misuse. 2012 Nov-Dec; 47(13-14):1457-9. View in: PubMed

Sussman S. Steve Sussman on Rudolf H. Moos's "Iatrogenic effects of psychosocial interventions: treatment, life context, and personal risk factors"--a clarification. Subst Use Misuse. 2012 Nov-Dec; 47(13-14):1601-2. View in: PubMed

Sussman S. Alcohol use policies that restrict alcohol use. Subst Use Misuse. 2012 Oct; 47(12):1250-1. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Sun P, Rohrbach LA, Spruijt-Metz D. One-year outcomes of a drug abuse prevention program for older teens and emerging adults: Evaluating a motivational interviewing booster component. Health Psychol. 2012 Jul; 31(4):476-85. View in: PubMed

Leventhal AM, Munafò M, Tidey JW, Sussman S, Monterosso JR, Sun P, Kahler CW. Anhedonia predicts altered processing of happy faces in abstinent cigarette smokers. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2012 Jul; 222(2):343-51. View in: PubMed

Barnett E, Spruijt-Metz D, Unger JB, Sun P, Rohrbach LA, Sussman S. Boosting a teen substance use prevention program with motivational interviewing. Subst Use Misuse. 2012 Mar; 47(4):418-28. View in: PubMed

Sun P, Johnson CA, Palmer P, Arpawong TE, Unger JB, Xie B, Rohrbach LA, Spruijt-Metz D, Sussman S. Concurrent and predictive relationships between compulsive internet use and substance use: findings from vocational high school students in china and the USA. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2012 Mar; 9(3):660-73. View in: PubMed

Black DS, Sussman S, Johnson CA, Milam J. Psychometric Assessment of the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) Among Chinese Adolescents. Assessment. 2012 Mar; 19(1):42-52. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Rohrbach LA, Spruijt-Metz D, Barnett E, Lisha N, Sun P. One-year prediction of pain killer use among at-risk older teens and emerging adults. J Drug Educ. 2012; 42(2):195-210. View in: PubMed

Sun P, Unger JB, Palmer P, Ma H, Xie B, Sussman S, Johnson CA. Relative income inequality and selected health outcomes in urban Chinese youth. Soc Sci Med. 2012 Jan; 74(1):84-91. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Sussman AN. Considering the definition of addiction. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2011 Oct; 8(10):4025-38. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Reynaud M, Aubin HJ, Leventhal AM. Drug addiction, love, and the higher power. Eval Health Prof. 2011 Sep; 34(3):362-70. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Leventhal A, Bluthenthal RN, Freimuth M, Forster M, Ames SL. A framework for the specificity of addictions. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2011 Aug; 8(8):3399-415. View in: PubMed

Black DS, Sun P, Rohrbach LA, Sussman S. Decision-making style and gender moderation of the self-efficacy-condom use link among adolescents and young adults: informing targeted STI/HIV prevention programs. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011 Apr; 165(4):320-5. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Lisha N, Griffiths M. Prevalence of the addictions: a problem of the majority or the minority? Eval Health Prof. 2011 Mar; 34(1):3-56. View in: PubMed

Leventhal AM, Brightman M, Ameringer KJ, Greenberg J, Mickens L, Ray LA, Sun P, Sussman S. Anhedonia associated with stimulant use and dependence in a population-based sample of American adults. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2010 Dec; 18(6):562-9. View in: PubMed

Sussman S. Introduction to issue on special populations: persons, places, and situations. Eval Health Prof. 2010 Dec; 33(4):412-3. View in: PubMed

Rohrbach LA, Gunning M, Grana R, Gunning G, Sussman S. Dissemination of Project Towards No Drug Abuse (TND): findings from a survey of program adopters. Subst Use Misuse. 2010 Dec; 45(14):2551-66. View in: PubMed

Black DS, Grenard JL, Sussman S, Rohrbach LA. The influence of school-based natural mentoring relationships on school attachment and subsequent adolescent risk behaviors. Health Educ Res. 2010 Oct; 25(5):892-902. View in: PubMed

Leventhal AM, Mickens L, Dunton GF, Sussman S, Riggs NR, Pentz MA. Tobacco use moderates the association between major depression and obesity. Health Psychol. 2010 Sep; 29(5):521-8. View in: PubMed

Rohrbach LA, Sun P, Sussman S. One-year follow-up evaluation of the Project Towards No Drug Abuse (TND) dissemination trial. Prev Med. 2010 Sep-Oct; 51(3-4):313-9. View in: PubMed

Grana RA, Black D, Sun P, Rohrbach LA, Gunning M, Sussman S. School disrepair and substance use among regular and alternative high school students. J Sch Health. 2010 Aug; 80(8):387-93. View in: PubMed

Black DS, Sussman S, Unger J, Pokhrel P, Sun P. Gender differences in body consciousness and substance use among high-risk adolescents. Subst Use Misuse. 2010 Aug; 45(10):1623-35. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Grana R, Pokhrel P, Rohrbach LA, Sun P. Forbidden fruit and the prediction of cigarette smoking. Subst Use Misuse. 2010 Aug; 45(10):1683-93. View in: PubMed

Black DS, Sussman S, Unger JB. A further look at the intergenerational transmission of violence: witnessing interparental violence in emerging adulthood. J Interpers Violence. 2010 Jun; 25(6):1022-42. View in: PubMed

Pokhrel P, Sussman S, Sun P, Kniazer V, Masagutov R. Social self-control, sensation seeking and substance use in samples of US and Russian adolescents. Am J Health Behav. 2010 May-Jun; 34(3):374-84. View in: PubMed

Rohrbach LA, Gunning M, Sun P, Sussman S. The Project Towards No Drug Abuse (TND) dissemination trial: implementation fidelity and immediate outcomes. Prev Sci. 2010 Mar; 11(1):77-88. View in: PubMed

Sussman S. A review of Alcoholics Anonymous/ Narcotics Anonymous programs for teens. Eval Health Prof. 2010 Mar; 33(1):26-55. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Black DS, Rohrbach LA. A concise history of school-based smoking prevention research: a pendulum effect case study. J Drug Educ. 2010; 40(3):217-26. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Moran MB, Sun P, Pokhrel P, Gunning M, Rohrbach LA, Kniazev V, Masagutov R. Peer group self-identification in samples of Russian and U. S. adolescents. J Drug Educ. 2010; 40(2):203-15. View in: PubMed

Black DS, Milam J, Sussman S. Sitting-meditation interventions among youth: a review of treatment efficacy. Pediatrics. 2009 Sep; 124(3):e532-41. View in: PubMed

Gunning M, Sussman S, Rohrbach LA, Kniazev V, Masagutov R. Concurrent predictors of cigarette and alcohol use among U. S. and Russian adolescents. J Drug Educ. 2009; 39(4):385-400. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Sun P. Youth tobacco use cessation: 2008 update. Tob Induc Dis. 2009; 5:3. View in: PubMed

Rohrbach LA, Grana R, Vernberg E, Sussman S, Sun P. Impact of hurricane Rita on adolescent substance use. Psychiatry. 2009; 72(3):222-37. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Skara S, Pumpuang P. Project Towards No Drug Abuse (TND): needs assessment of a social service referral telephone program for high risk youth. Subst Use Misuse. 2008 Dec; 43(14):2066-73. View in: PubMed

Sun P, Sussman S, Dent CW, Rohrbach LA. One-year follow-up evaluation of Project Towards No Drug Abuse (TND-4). Prev Med. 2008 Oct; 47(4):438-42. View in: PubMed

Grenard JL, Ames SL, Wiers RW, Thush C, Sussman S, Stacy AW. Working memory capacity moderates the predictive effects of drug-related associations on substance use. Psychol Addict Behav. 2008 Sep; 22(3):426-32. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Bausell RB. International translation of health behavior research innovations: part 1. Introduction. Eval Health Prof. 2008 Jun; 31(2):107-9. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Unger JB, Palinkas LA. Country prototypes and translation of health programs. Eval Health Prof. 2008 Jun; 31(2):110-23. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Skara S, Ames SL. Substance abuse among adolescents. Subst Use Misuse. 2008; 43(12-13):1802-28. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Black DS. Substitute addiction: a concern for researchers and practitioners. J Drug Educ. 2008; 38(2):167-80. View in: PubMed

Pokhrel P, Unger JB, Wagner KD, Ritt-Olson A, Sussman S. Effects of parental monitoring, parent-child communication, and parents' expectation of the child's acculturation on the substance use behaviors of urban, Hispanic adolescents. J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2008; 7(2):200-13. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Miyano J, Rohrbach LA, Dent CW, Sun P. Six-month and one-year effects of project EX-4: a classroom-based smoking prevention and cessation intervention program. Addict Behav. 2007 Dec; 32(12):3005-14. View in: PubMed

Fosados R, McClain A, Ritt-Olson A, Sussman S, Soto D, Baezconde-Garbanati L, Unger JB. The influence of acculturation on drug and alcohol use in a sample of adolescents. Addict Behav. 2007 Dec; 32(12):2990-3004. View in: PubMed

Valente TW, Ritt-Olson A, Stacy A, Unger JB, Okamoto J, Sussman S. Peer acceleration: effects of a social network tailored substance abuse prevention program among high-risk adolescents. Addiction. 2007 Nov; 102(11):1804-15. View in: PubMed

Sun P, Unger JB, Guo Q, Gong J, Ma H, Palmer PH, Chou CP, Li Y, Sussman S, Ritt-Olson A, Xiao L, Johnson CA. Comorbidity between depression and smoking moderates the effect of a smoking prevention program among boys in China. Nicotine Tob Res. 2007 Nov; 9 Suppl 4:S599-609. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Pokhrel P, Black D, Kohrman M, Hamann S, Vateesatokit P, Nsimba SE. Tobacco control in developing countries: Tanzania, Nepal, China, and Thailand as examples. Nicotine Tob Res. 2007 Sep; 9 Suppl 3:S447-57. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Pokhrel P, Ashmore RD, Brown BB. Adolescent peer group identification and characteristics: a review of the literature. Addict Behav. 2007 Aug; 32(8):1602-27. View in: PubMed

Rohrbach LA, Dent CW, Skara S, Sun P, Sussman S. Fidelity of implementation in Project Towards No Drug Abuse (TND): a comparison of classroom teachers and program specialists. Prev Sci. 2007 Jun; 8(2):125-32. View in: PubMed

Valente TW, Okamoto J, Pumpuang P, Okamoto P, Sussman S. Differences in perceived implementation of a standard versus peer-led interactive substance abuse prevention program. Am J Health Behav. 2007 May-Jun; 31(3):297-311. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Dent CW. Five-year prospective prediction of self-initiated quitting of cigarette smoking of high-risk youth. Addict Behav. 2007 May; 32(5):1094-8. View in: PubMed

Ames SL, Grenard JL, Thush C, Sussman S, Wiers RW, Stacy AW. Comparison of indirect assessments of association as predictors of marijuana use among at-risk adolescents. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2007 Apr; 15(2):204-18. View in: PubMed

Sun P, Miyano J, Rohrbach LA, Dent CW, Sussman S. Short-term effects of Project EX-4: a classroom-based smoking prevention and cessation intervention program. Addict Behav. 2007 Feb; 32(2):342-50. View in: PubMed

Grenard JL, Ames SL, Wiers RW, Thush C, Stacy AW, Sussman S. Brief intervention for substance use among at-risk adolescents: a pilot study. J Adolesc Health. 2007 Feb; 40(2):188-91. View in: PubMed

Pokhrel P, Sussman S, Rohrbach LA, Sun P. Prospective associations of social self-control with drug use among youth from regular and alternative high schools. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2007; 2:22. View in: PubMed

Sussman S. American Academy of Health Behavior 2006 Research Laureate, Herbert H. Severson. Am J Health Behav. 2006 Nov-Dec; 30(6):565-6. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Sun P, Dent CW. A meta-analysis of teen cigarette smoking cessation. Health Psychol. 2006 Sep; 25(5):549-57. View in: PubMed

Pentz MA, Jasuja GK, Rohrbach LA, Sussman S, Bardo MT. Translation in tobacco and drug abuse prevention research. Eval Health Prof. 2006 Jun; 29(2):246-71. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Valente TW, Rohrbach LA, Skara S, Pentz MA. Translation in the health professions: converting science into action. Eval Health Prof. 2006 Mar; 29(1):7-32. View in: PubMed

Sun W, Skara S, Sun P, Dent CW, Sussman S. Project Towards No Drug Abuse: long-term substance use outcomes evaluation. Prev Med. 2006 Mar; 42(3):188-92. View in: PubMed

Hoffman BR, Sussman S, Unger JB, Valente TW. Peer influences on adolescent cigarette smoking: a theoretical review of the literature. Subst Use Misuse. 2006; 41(1):103-55. View in: PubMed

Grenard JL, Ames SL, Pentz MA, Sussman S. Motivational interviewing with adolescents and young adults for drug-related problems. Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2006 Jan-Mar; 18(1):53-67. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Pentz MA, Spruijt-Metz D, Miller T. Misuse of "study drugs:" prevalence, consequences, and implications for policy. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2006; 1:15. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Skara S, Rodriguez Y, Pokhrel P. Non drug use- and drug use-specific spirituality as one-year predictors of drug use among high-risk youth. Subst Use Misuse. 2006; 41(13):1801-16. View in: PubMed

Sussman S. Foundations of health behavior research revisited. Am J Health Behav. 2005 Nov-Dec; 29(6):489-96. View in: PubMed

Sun P, Unger JB, Palmer PH, Gallaher P, Chou CP, Baezconde-Garbanati L, Sussman S, Johnson CA. Internet accessibility and usage among urban adolescents in Southern California: implications for web-based health research. Cyberpsychol Behav. 2005 Oct; 8(5):441-53. View in: PubMed

Sussman S. Risk factors for and prevention of tobacco use. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2005 Jun 15; 44(7):614-9. View in: PubMed

Nezami E, Unger J, Tan S, Mahaffey C, Ritt-Olson A, Sussman S, Nguyen-Michel S, Baezconde-Garbanati L, Azen S, Johnson CA. The influence of depressive symptoms on experimental smoking and intention to smoke in a diverse youth sample. Nicotine Tob Res. 2005 Apr; 7(2):243-8. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Runyon BA, Hernandez R, Magallanes M, Mendler M, Yuan JM, Tsukamoto H. A pilot study of an alcoholic liver disease recurrence prevention education program in hospitalized patients with advanced liver disease. Addict Behav. 2005 Mar; 30(3):465-73. View in: PubMed

Ames SL, Sussman S, Dent CW, Stacy AW, Ames SL, Stacy AW. Implicit cognition and dissocative experiences as predictors of adolescent substance use. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2005; 31(1):129-62. View in: PubMed

Sun P, Unger JB, Sussman S. A new measure of smoking initiation and progression among adolescents. Am J Health Behav. 2005 Jan-Feb; 29(1):3-11. View in: PubMed

Skara S, Rohrbach LA, Sun P, Sussman S. An evaluation of the fidelity of implementation of a school-based drug abuse prevention program: project toward no drug abuse (TND). J Drug Educ. 2005; 35(4):305-29. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Dent CW. Five-year prospective prediction of marijuana use cessation of youth at continuation high schools. Addict Behav. 2004 Aug; 29(6):1237-43. View in: PubMed

Unger JB, Hamilton JE, Sussman S. A family member's job loss as a risk factor for smoking among adolescents. Health Psychol. 2004 May; 23(3):308-13. View in: PubMed

Ritt-Olson A, Milam J, Unger JB, Trinidad D, Teran L, Dent CW, Sussman S. The protective influence of spirituality and "Health-as-a-Value" against monthly substance use among adolescents varying in risk. J Adolesc Health. 2004 Mar; 34(3):192-9. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Skara S, Weiner MD, Dent CW. Prediction of violence perpetration among high-risk youth. Am J Health Behav. 2004 Mar-Apr; 28(2):134-44. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, McCuller WJ, Zheng H, Pfingston YM, Miyano J, Dent CW. Project EX: A Program of Empirical Research on Adolescent Tobacco Use Cessation. Tob Induc Dis. 2004; 2(3):119-32. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Unger JB. A "drug abuse" theoretical integration: a transdisciplinary speculation. Subst Use Misuse. 2004; 39(10-12):2055-69. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Earleywine M, Wills T, Cody C, Biglan T, Dent CW, Newcomb MD. The motivation, skills, and decision-making model of "drug abuse" prevention. Subst Use Misuse. 2004; 39(10-12):1971-2016. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Stacy AW, Johnson CA, Pentz MA, Robertson E. A transdisciplinary focus on drug abuse prevention: an introduction. Subst Use Misuse. 2004; 39(10-12):1441-56. View in: PubMed

Skara S, Sussman S. A review of 25 long-term adolescent tobacco and other drug use prevention program evaluations. Prev Med. 2003 Nov; 37(5):451-74. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, McCuller WJ, Dent CW. The associations of social self-control, personality disorders, and demographics with drug use among high-risk youth. Addict Behav. 2003 Aug; 28(6):1159-66. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Sun P, McCuller WJ, Dent CW. Project Towards No Drug Abuse: two-year outcomes of a trial that compares health educator delivery to self-instruction. Prev Med. 2003 Aug; 37(2):155-62. View in: PubMed

Unger JB, Sussman S, Dent CW. Interpersonal conflict tactics and substance use among high-risk adolescents. Addict Behav. 2003 Jul; 28(5):979-87. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Rohrbach LA, Patel R, Holiday K. A look at an interactive classroom-based drug abuse prevention program: interactive contents and suggestions for research. J Drug Educ. 2003; 33(4):355-68. View in: PubMed

Sussman S. Smoking cessation among persons in recovery. Subst Use Misuse. 2002 Jun-Aug; 37(8-10):1275-98. View in: PubMed

Sussman S. Tobacco industry youth tobacco prevention programming: a review. Prev Sci. 2002 Mar; 3(1):57-67. View in: PubMed

Sussman S. Effects of sixty six adolescent tobacco use cessation trials and seventeen prospective studies of self-initiated quitting. Tob Induc Dis. 2002; 1(1):35-81. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Dent CW, Skara S, de Calice P, Tsukamoto H. Alcoholic liver disease (ALD): a new domain for prevention efforts. Subst Use Misuse. 2002; 37(14):1887-904. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Ames SL, Dent CW, Stacy AW. Self-reported high-risk locations of drug use among drug offenders. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2001 May; 27(2):281-99. View in: PubMed

Sussman S. School-based tobacco use prevention and cessation: where are we going? Am J Health Behav. 2001 May-Jun; 25(3):191-9. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Dent CW, Lichtman KL. Project EX: outcomes of a teen smoking cessation program. Addict Behav. 2001 May-Jun; 26(3):425-38. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Dent CW, McCullar WJ. Group self-identification as a prospective predictor of drug use and violence in high-risk youth. Psychol Addict Behav. 2000 Jun; 14(2):192-6. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Dent CW. One-year prospective prediction of drug use from stress-related variables. Subst Use Misuse. 2000 Apr; 35(5):717-35. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Dent CW, Leu L. The one-year prospective prediction of substance abuse and dependence among high-risk adolescents. J Subst Abuse. 2000; 12(4):373-86. View in: PubMed

Milam JE, Sussman S, Ritt-Olson A, Dent CW. Perceived invulnerability and cigarette smoking among adolescents. Addict Behav. 2000 Jan-Feb; 25(1):71-80. View in: PubMed

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