Keck School Faculty

Adam Matthew Leventhal, PhD
Adam Matthew Leventhal, PhD
Professor of Preventive Medicine
Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
SSB 302C 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
Dr. Leventhal is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine - Division of Health Behavior Research within the USC Keck School of Medicine. He holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychology in the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He also is a faculty member of the USC Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the USC Institute for Genetic Medicine.

Dr. Leventhal is the principal investigator of grants funded by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse and American Cancer Society that total approximately $7.8M. These grants support studies aligned with his primary research interests in: (1) the affective underpinnings of addiction; (2) Psycholopharmacology of drug dependence: (3) comorbidity between mood and substance use disorders; (4) smoking cessation; and (5) the affective correlates of physical activity, diet, and other health behaviors. Dr. Leventhal has been recognized for his contributions to the field as the recipient of the APA Division of Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuses’ Young Psychopharmacologist Award for excellence in research at the interface between the disciplines of pharmacology and psychology, the APA Society for Clinical Psychology’s David Shakow Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology, the American Academy of Health Behavior’s Judy K. Black Early Career Research Award for innovative and rigorous research that makes an important contribution of health behavior science or practice, and the Jarvik-Russell Early Career Award for extraordinary contributions to the field of nicotine and tobacco research by the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.

In addition to directing USC-HEAL, Dr. Leventhal serves as a research mentor for undergraduate Health Promotion students, graduate students in the Health Behavior Research doctoral program, and postdoctoral fellows in the Department of Preventive Medicine. See Training Opportunities. He has been recognized for his mentoring as the recipient of the USC Mellon Mentoring Award for Outstanding Mentoring of Undergraduate Students. Furthermore, he is on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals, including serving as an associate editor for Nicotine & Tobacco Research, academic editor for PLOS ONE, and associate editor for Behavioral Medicine.Finally, he regularly serves as a reviewer on a U.S. National Institutes of Health study section on risk, prevention, and intervention on addictions.

Dr. Leventhal received his B.A. in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A. in Psychology at the University of Houston; and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston. He completed a NCI predoctoral fellowship in tobacco addiction research at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; a clinical psychology internship at Brown Medical School; and a NIDA postdoctoral fellowship in addiction research at the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. His personal interests include running, playing guitar, watching football, spending time with friends and family.

Association of Electronic Cigarette Use With Subsequent Initiation of Tobacco Cigarettes in US Youths JAMA Netw Open. 2019 Feb 01; 2(2):e187794. . View in PubMed

Dual Versus Single Parental Households and Differences in Maternal Mental Health and Child's Overweight/Obesity Matern Child Health J. 2019 Jan 02. . View in PubMed

E-cigarette Use and Subsequent Smoking Frequency Among Adolescents Pediatrics. 2018 Dec; 142(6). . View in PubMed

Anhedonia as a phenotypic marker of familial transmission of polysubstance use trajectories across midadolescence Psychol Addict Behav. 2018 Nov 19. . View in PubMed

Alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana expectancies as predictors of substance use initiation in adolescence: A longitudinal examination Psychol Addict Behav. 2018 Nov 08. . View in PubMed

E-cigarette Use and Subsequent Smoking Frequency Among Adolescents Pediatrics. 2018 Nov 05. . View in PubMed

Affective response during physical activity: Within-subject differences across phases of behavior change Health Psychol. 2018 Oct; 37(10):915-923. . View in PubMed

Association of Reported Concern About Increasing Societal Discrimination With Adverse Behavioral Health Outcomes in Late Adolescence JAMA Pediatr. 2018 Oct 01; 172(10):924-933. . View in PubMed

Adolescents' Use of "Pod Mod" E-Cigarettes - Urgent Concerns N Engl J Med. 2018 Sep 20; 379(12):1099-1102. . View in PubMed

Adolescent E-Cigarette, Hookah, and Conventional Cigarette Use and Subsequent Marijuana Use Pediatrics. 2018 Sep; 142(3). . View in PubMed

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Association of Reported Concern About Increasing Societal Discrimination With Adverse Behavioral Health Outcomes in Late Adolescence JAMA Pediatr. 2018 Aug 20. . View in PubMed

Characterizing Polytobacco Use Trajectories and Their Associations With Substance Use and Mental Health Across Mid-Adolescence Nicotine Tob Res. 2018 Aug 14; 20(suppl_1):S31-S38. . View in PubMed

Adolescent E-Cigarette, Hookah, and Conventional Cigarette Use and Subsequent Marijuana Use Pediatrics. 2018 Aug 06. . View in PubMed

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Associations of ADHD Symptoms With Smoking and Alternative Tobacco Product Use Initiation During Adolescence J Pediatr Psychol. 2018 Jul 01; 43(6):613-624. . View in PubMed

Diminished alternative reinforcement as a mechanism linking conduct problems and substance use in adolescence: a longitudinal examination Addiction. 2018 Jun; 113(6):1139-1148. . View in PubMed

Associations of ADHD Symptoms With Smoking and Alternative Tobacco Product Use Initiation During Adolescence J Pediatr Psychol. 2018 Jan 02. . View in PubMed

Developmental Pathways from Parental Socioeconomic Status to Adolescent Substance Use: Alternative and Complementary Reinforcement J Youth Adolesc. 2018 02; 47(2):334-348. . View in PubMed

A prospective investigation of the synergistic effect of change in anxiety sensitivity and dysphoria on tobacco withdrawal J Consult Clin Psychol. 2018 01; 86(1):69-80. . View in PubMed

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A Brief Smoking Cessation Intervention for Heavy Drinking Smokers: Treatment Feasibility and Acceptability Front Psychiatry. 2018; 9:362. . View in PubMed

Association of Digital Media Use With Subsequent Symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Among Adolescents JAMA. 2018 07 17; 320(3):255-263. . View in PubMed

A prospective investigation of the synergistic effect of change in anxiety sensitivity and dysphoria on tobacco withdrawal J Consult Clin Psychol. 2018 Jan; 86(1):69-80. . View in PubMed

Associations between anhedonia and marijuana use escalation across mid-adolescence Addiction. 2017 Dec; 112(12):2182-2190. . View in PubMed

Associations of Electronic Cigarette Nicotine Concentration With Subsequent Cigarette Smoking and Vaping Levels in Adolescents JAMA Pediatr. 2017 Dec 01; 171(12):1192-1199. . View in PubMed

Direct and indirect effects of parent stress on child obesity risk and added sugar intake in a sample of Southern California adolescents Public Health Nutr. 2017 Dec; 20(18):3285-3294. . View in PubMed

Assessing electronic cigarette effects and regulatory impact: Challenges with user self-reported device power Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 Oct 01; 179:337-340. . View in PubMed

Associations of anxiety sensitivity and emotional symptoms with the subjective effects of alcohol, cigarettes, and cannabis in adolescents Addict Behav. 2017 Oct; 73:192-198. . View in PubMed

Association Between Initial Use of e-Cigarettes and Subsequent Cigarette Smoking Among Adolescents and Young Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis JAMA Pediatr. 2017 Aug 01; 171(8):788-797. . View in PubMed

Differences in Mothers' and Children's Dietary Intake during Physical and Sedentary Activities: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study J Acad Nutr Diet. 2017 Aug; 117(8):1265-1271. . View in PubMed

Associations Between Maternal Mental Health and Well-being and Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Children J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2017 Jul/Aug; 38(6):385-394. . View in PubMed

Association of Anhedonia With Adolescent Smoking Susceptibility and Initiation Nicotine Tob Res. 2017 Jun 01; 19(6):738-742. . View in PubMed

Anhedonia and Abstinence as Predictors of the Subjective Pleasantness of Positive, Negative, and Smoking-Related Pictures Nicotine Tob Res. 2017 Jun 01; 19(6):743-749. . View in PubMed

Electronic Cigarette Use and Respiratory Symptoms in Adolescents Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 Apr 15; 195(8):1043-1049. . View in PubMed

Distress Tolerance as a Correlate of Tobacco Dependence and Motivation: Incremental Relations over and above Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms Behav Med. 2017 Apr-Jun; 43(2):120-128. . View in PubMed

Bi-directional associations of electronic and combustible cigarette use onset patterns with depressive symptoms in adolescents Prev Med. 2017 Mar; 96:73-78. . View in PubMed

Cigarette smoking and depression comorbidity: systematic review and proposed theoretical model Addiction. 2017 Mar; 112(3):401-412. . View in PubMed

Associations of anxiety sensitivity and emotional symptoms with the subjective effects of alcohol, cigarettes, and cannabis in adolescents Addict Behav. 2017 10; 73:192-198. . View in PubMed

Associations of Affective Responses During Free-Living Physical Activity and Future Physical Activity Levels: an Ecological Momentary Assessment Study Int J Behav Med. 2017 08; 24(4):513-519. . View in PubMed

Cigarette smoking and depression comorbidity: systematic review and proposed theoretical model Addiction. 2017 03; 112(3):401-412. . View in PubMed

Electronic Cigarette Use and Respiratory Symptoms in Adolescents Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 04 15; 195(8):1043-1049. . View in PubMed

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Association of e-Cigarette Vaping and Progression to Heavier Patterns of Cigarette Smoking JAMA. 2016 Nov 08; 316(18):1918-1920. . View in PubMed

E-cigarettes, Cigarettes, and the Prevalence of Adolescent Tobacco Use Pediatrics. 2016 Aug; 138(2). . View in PubMed

E-Cigarettes and Future Cigarette Use Pediatrics. 2016 Jul; 138(1). . View in PubMed

Asians compared to Whites show increased response to d-amphetamine on select subjective and cardiovascular measures Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2016 May; 144:73-7. . View in PubMed

Anxiety sensitivity facets in relation to tobacco use, abstinence-related problems, and cognitions in treatment-seeking smokers Addict Behav. 2016 May; 56:30-5. . View in PubMed

Anxiety sensitivity class membership moderates the effects of pre-quit reduction in anxiety sensitivity on quit-day tobacco craving J Anxiety Disord. 2016 Apr; 39:79-87. . View in PubMed

Depression, posttraumatic stress, and alcohol misuse in young adult veterans: The transdiagnostic role of distress tolerance Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Apr 01; 161:348-55. . View in PubMed

Associations between ADHD symptoms and smoking outcome expectancies in a non-clinical sample of daily cigarette smokers Am J Addict. 2016 Mar; 25(2):152-9. . View in PubMed

Alternative and complementary reinforcers as mechanisms linking adolescent conduct problems and substance use Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2016 10; 24(5):376-389. . View in PubMed

Commentary: Forces That Drive the Vape Shop Industry and Implications for the Health Professions Eval Health Prof. 2016 09; 39(3):379-88. . View in PubMed

E-cigarettes, Cigarettes, and the Prevalence of Adolescent Tobacco Use Pediatrics. 2016 08; 138(2). . View in PubMed

E-Cigarettes and Future Cigarette Use Pediatrics. 2016 07; 138(1). . View in PubMed

E-cigarette use and subsequent cigarette and marijuana use among Hispanic young adults Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 06 01; 163:261-4. . View in PubMed

Effects of alcohol-induced working memory decline on alcohol consumption and adverse consequences of use Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2016 Jan; 233(1):83-8. . View in PubMed

Adolescent Emotional Pathology and Lifetime History of Alcohol or Drug Use With and Without Comorbid Tobacco Use J Dual Diagn. 2016; 12(1):27-35. . View in PubMed

Effects of sweet flavorings and nicotine on the appeal and sensory properties of e-cigarettes among young adult vapers: Application of a novel methodology Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 11 01; 168:176-180. . View in PubMed

Affect and Health Behavior Co-Occurrence: The Emerging Roles of Transdiagnostic Factors and Sociocultural Factors Behav Modif. 2016 Jan; 40(1-2):3-6. . View in PubMed

Emotional traits predict individual differences in amphetamine-induced positive mood in healthy volunteers Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2016 Jan; 233(1):89-97. . View in PubMed

Diminished Alternative Reinforcement as a Mechanism Underlying Socioeconomic Disparities in Adolescent Substance Use Prev Med. 2015 Nov; 80:75-81. . View in PubMed

Association of Electronic Cigarette Use With Initiation of Combustible Tobacco Product Smoking in Early Adolescence JAMA. 2015 Aug 18; 314(7):700-7. . View in PubMed

Emotion differentiation and intensity during acute tobacco abstinence: A comparison of heavy and light smokers Addict Behav. 2015 Aug; 47:70-3. . View in PubMed

Anxiety sensitivity and pre-cessation smoking processes: testing the independent and combined mediating effects of negative affect-reduction expectancies and motives J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2015 Mar; 76(2):317-25. . View in PubMed

An a-synuclein gene (SNCA) polymorphism moderates the association of PTSD symptomatology with hazardous alcohol use, but not with aggression-related measures J Anxiety Disord. 2015 Mar; 30:41-7. . View in PubMed

Examination of anxiety sensitivity and distress tolerance as transdiagnostic mechanisms linking multiple anxiety pathologies to alcohol use problems in adolescents Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2015 Mar; 39(3):532-9. . View in PubMed

Anhedonia as a component of the tobacco withdrawal syndrome J Abnorm Psychol. 2015 Feb; 124(1):215-25. . View in PubMed

Dysphoria and smoking among treatment seeking smokers: the role of smoking-related inflexibility/avoidance Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2015 Jan; 41(1):45-51. . View in PubMed

Differential associations between components of anxiety sensitivity and smoking-related characteristics Addict Behav. 2015 Jan; 40:39-44. . View in PubMed

Emotional disorders and smoking: relations to quit attempts and cessation strategies among treatment-seeking smokers Addict Behav. 2015 Jan; 40:126-31. . View in PubMed

Anxiety, depression, and cigarette smoking: a transdiagnostic vulnerability framework to understanding emotion-smoking comorbidity Psychol Bull. 2015 Jan; 141(1):176-212. . View in PubMed

Acute effects of low and high dose alcohol on smoking lapse behavior in a laboratory analogue task Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2014 Dec; 231(24):4649-57. . View in PubMed

Clustering of modifiable biobehavioral risk factors for chronic disease in US adults: a latent class analysis Perspect Public Health. 2014 Nov; 134(6):331-8. . View in PubMed

Depressive symptoms, negative urgency and substance use initiation in adolescents Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Nov 01; 144:225-30. . View in PubMed

Anxiety sensitivity as an amplifier of subjective and behavioral tobacco abstinence effects Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Sep 01; 142:224-30. . View in PubMed

Depression and anxiety symptoms moderate the relation between negative reinforcement smoking outcome expectancies and nicotine dependence J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2014 Sep; 75(5):775-80. . View in PubMed

Anxiety sensitivity mediates relations between emotional disorders and smoking Psychol Addict Behav. 2014 Sep; 28(3):912-920. . View in PubMed

Anxiety sensitivity mediates relations between emotional disorders and smoking Psychol Addict Behav. 2014 Sep; 28(3):912-20. . View in PubMed

Anxiety sensitivity and negative urgency: a pathway to negative reinforcement-related smoking expectancies J Addict Med. 2014 May-Jun; 8(3):189-94. . View in PubMed

Anhedonia and the relative reward value of drug and nondrug reinforcers in cigarette smokers J Abnorm Psychol. 2014 May; 123(2):375-86. . View in PubMed

Cortisol levels decrease after acute tobacco abstinence in regular smokers Hum Psychopharmacol. 2014 Mar; 29(2):152-62. . View in PubMed

Associations of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder symptom dimensions with smoking deprivation effects in adult smokers Psychol Addict Behav. 2014 Mar; 28(1):182-92. . View in PubMed

Anhedonia, depressed mood, and smoking cessation outcome J Consult Clin Psychol. 2014 Feb; 82(1):122-9. . View in PubMed

Anxiety and depressive symptoms and affective patterns of tobacco withdrawal Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013 Dec 01; 133(2):324-9. . View in PubMed

Abstinence-related expectancies predict smoking withdrawal effects: implications for possible causal mechanisms Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2013 Dec; 230(3):363-73. . View in PubMed

Anxiety sensitivity as a predictor of acute subjective effects of smoking Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 Jun; 15(6):1084-90. . View in PubMed

Anhedonia and anxiety sensitivity: prospective relationships to nicotine withdrawal symptoms during smoking cessation J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2013 May; 74(3):469-78. . View in PubMed

Correction to "Physical activity and alcohol use disorders" Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2013 Mar; 39(2):136-7. . View in PubMed

Effects of abstinence in adolescent tobacco smokers: withdrawal symptoms, urge, affect, and cue reactivity Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 Feb; 15(2):457-64. . View in PubMed

Associations between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptom domains and DSM-IV lifetime substance dependence Am J Addict. 2013 Jan; 22(1):23-32. . View in PubMed

Associations of functional and dysfunctional impulsivity to smoking characteristics J Addict Med. 2012 Sep; 6(3):226-32. . View in PubMed

Anhedonia predicts altered processing of happy faces in abstinent cigarette smokers Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2012 Jul; 222(2):343-51. . View in PubMed

Associations between posttraumatic stress disorder symptom clusters and cigarette smoking Psychol Addict Behav. 2012 Mar; 26(1):89-98. . View in PubMed

Dopamine D4 receptor gene variation moderates the efficacy of bupropion for smoking cessation Pharmacogenomics J. 2012 Feb; 12(1):86-92. . View in PubMed

Age and gender as moderators of the relationship between physical activity and alcohol use Addict Behav. 2011 Sep; 36(9):933-6. . View in PubMed

Drug addiction, love, and the higher power Eval Health Prof. 2011 Sep; 34(3):362-70. . View in PubMed

Agitated depression in substance dependence Drug Alcohol Depend. 2011 Jul 01; 116(1-3):163-9. . View in PubMed

Associations between depressive symptom dimensions and smoking dependence motives Eval Health Prof. 2011 Mar; 34(1):81-102. . View in PubMed

A framework for the specificity of addictions Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2011 08; 8(8):3399-415. . View in PubMed

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

A quantitative analysis of subjective, cognitive, and physiological manifestations of the acute tobacco abstinence syndrome Addict Behav. 2010 Dec; 35(12):1120-30. . View in PubMed

Applying the tripartite model of anxiety and depression to cigarette smoking: an integrative review Nicotine Tob Res. 2010 Dec; 12(12):1183-94. . View in PubMed

Epidemiology, determinants, and consequences of cigarette smoking in African American women: an integrative review Addict Behav. 2010 May; 35(5):383-91. . View in PubMed

Do individual differences in reinforcement smoking moderate the relationship between affect and urge to smoke? Behav Med. 2010 Jan-Mar; 36(1):1-6.. View in PubMed

Catching the alcohol buzz: an examination of the latent factor structure of subjective intoxication Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2009 Dec; 33(12):2154-61. . View in PubMed

Diagnosing alcohol abuse in alcohol dependent individuals: diagnostic and clinical implications Addict Behav. 2009 Jun-Jul; 34(6-7):587-92. . View in PubMed

Associations between depression subtypes and substance use disorders Psychiatry Res. 2008 Oct 30; 161(1):43-50. . View in PubMed

Anhedonia and amotivation in psychiatric outpatients with fully remitted stimulant use disorder Am J Addict. 2008 May-Jun; 17(3):218-23. . View in PubMed

Dimensions of depressive symptoms and smoking cessation Nicotine Tob Res. 2008 Mar; 10(3):507-17. . View in PubMed

Characterizing major depression phenotypes by presence and type of psychomotor disturbance in adolescents and young adults Depress Anxiety. 2008; 25(7):575-92. . View in PubMed

Associations between Cloninger's temperament dimensions and acute tobacco withdrawal Addict Behav. 2007 Dec; 32(12):2976-89. . View in PubMed

Clinical insights from research on gender differences in tobacco withdrawal Brown Univ Dig Addict Theory Appl. 2007 Oct 01; 26(10):8. . View in PubMed

Attitudes and knowledge about nicotine and nicotine replacement therapy Nicotine Tob Res. 2006 Jun; 8(3):435-46. . View in PubMed

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