Steven Yale Sussman

Steven Yale Sussman

Professor of Preventive Medicine
Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
SSB 302A 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles

Society for Prevention Research: Fellow, 2019-pr

American Psychological Association, Division 50: Fellow, 2007-pr

CSAP/SAMHSA: Project EX selected as a model program, 2005

TRDRP: Cornelius Hopper Diversity Award Supplement (CHDAS) Mentor, 2005

AAHB: Research Laureate, 2005

Blueprints for Violence Prevention: Project Towards No Drug Abuse selected as a "Model Program", 2003

American Academy of Health Behavior (FAAHB): Fellow, 2001-pr

U.S. Department of Education: Project Towards No Tobacco Use selected as an "Exemplary Program", 2001

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Project Towards No Tobacco Use selected as a "Program That Works" , 1997

3rd Annual Conference on Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, Substance Abuse and Culture: Best Substance Abuse Poster, 1995

International Communications Association Meeting: Top Three Paper, 1988

University of Illinois-Chicago: University of Illinois at Chicago, Psychology Department Outstanding Student Achievement Award, 1982-1984


Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US); 2012 Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General. . . View in PubMed

"I'm using cigarettes to quit JUUL": An analysis of Twitter posts about JUUL cessation Addict Behav Rep. 2020 Dec; 12:100286. . View in PubMed

Association between federal and California state policy violation among vape shops and neighbourhood composition in Southern California Tob Control. 2020 Jul 01. . View in PubMed

Assessing the relationship between youth religiosity and their alcohol use: A meta-analysis from 2008 to 2018 Addict Behav. 2020 07; 106:106361. . View in PubMed

Commentary: The Problems of Grouping All Adversity Into a Special Populations Label Eval Health Prof. 2020 03; 43(1):66-70. . View in PubMed

Association of energy drink consumption with substance-use initiation among adolescents: A 12-month longitudinal study J Psychopharmacol. 2020 02; 34(2):221-228. . View in PubMed

Does Smartphone Addiction Fall on a Continuum of Addictive Behaviors? Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 01 08; 17(2).. View in PubMed

Corrigendum to "Three-month effects of Project EX: A smoking intervention pilot program with Korean adolescents" [AddictBehav. Rep. 9 (2019) 100152]. Addict Behav Rep. 2019 Dec; 10:100206. . View in PubMed

Disparities in retail marketing for little cigars and cigarillos in Los Angeles, California Addict Behav Rep. 2019 Jun; 9:100149. . View in PubMed

Commentary: The Emergence of Pod Mods at Vape Shops Eval Health Prof. 2019 03; 42(1):118-124. . View in PubMed

Energy drink consumption among German adolescents: Prevalence, correlates, and predictors of initiation Appetite. 2019 08 01; 139:172-179. . View in PubMed

Tob Regul Sci. 2018 Jul; 4(4):41-49. . View in PubMed

A meta-analysis of the association between substance use and emerging adult development using the IDEA scale Am J Addict. 2018 Apr; 27(3):166-176. . View in PubMed

Characterizing Polytobacco Use Trajectories and Their Associations With Substance Use and Mental Health Across Mid-Adolescence Nicotine Tob Res. 2018 08 14; 20(suppl_1):S31-S38. . View in PubMed

A Descriptive Longitudinal Study of Changes in Vape Shop Characteristics and Store Policies in Anticipation of the 2016 FDA Regulations of Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigarettes Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 02 11; 15(2). . View in PubMed

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

Electronic Cigarette Use Among Adolescents in the Russian Federation Subst Use Misuse. 2017 02 23; 52(3):332-339. . View in PubMed

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

Emotional self-control and dysregulation: A dual-process analysis of pathways to externalizing/internalizing symptomatology and positive well-being in younger adolescents Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Jun 01; 163 Suppl 1:S37-45. . 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

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

Employee and customer handling of nicotine-containing e-liquids in vape shops Tob Prev Cessat. 2016; 2(Suppl). . 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

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

Coping mediates the effects of depressive symptoms on sleep problems Am J Health Behav. 2015 Mar; 39(2):183-90. . View in PubMed

Cultural and social influences on adolescent smoking dissipate by emerging adulthood among Hispanics in Southern California J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Feb; 17(1):192-7. . View in PubMed

A Perspective on Cigarette Smoking During Alcohol and Substance Use Treatment Subst Use Misuse. 2015; 50(8-9):1199-204. . View in PubMed

"First Things First": What is the First Thing? Subst Use Misuse. 2015; 50(8-9):1015-9.. View in PubMed

Changing attitudes toward smoking and smoking susceptibility through peer crowd targeting: more evidence from a controlled study Health Commun. 2015; 30(5):521-4. . View in PubMed

Bidirectional relationships between client and counselor speech: the importance of reframing Psychol Addict Behav. 2014 Dec; 28(4):1212-9. . View in PubMed

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

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

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

Evaluation of the Psychometric Properties of the Revised Inventory of the Dimensions of Emerging Adulthood (IDEA-R) in a Sample of Continuation High School Students Eval Health Prof. 2014 Jun; 37(2):156-77. . View in PubMed

Emerging Adulthood: Developmental Period Facilitative of the Addictions Eval Health Prof. 2014 Jun; 37(2):147-55. . 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

Consumers' perceptions of vape shops in Southern California: an analysis of online Yelp reviews Tob Induc Dis. 2014; 12(1):22. . View in PubMed

Acculturation, social self-control, and substance use among Hispanic adolescents Psychol Addict Behav. 2013 Sep; 27(3):674-86. . View in PubMed

Bidirectional associations between future time perspective and substance use among continuation high-school students Subst Use Misuse. 2013 Jun; 48(8):574-80. . View in PubMed

Adolescent neurocognitive development, self-regulation, and school-based drug use prevention Prev Sci. 2013 Jun; 14(3):218-28. . 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

Comparing effects of tobacco use prevention modalities: need for complex system models Tob Induc Dis. 2013 Jan 22; 11(1):2. . View in PubMed

A Lifespan Developmental-Stage Approach to Tobacco and Other Drug Abuse Prevention ISRN Addict. 2013; 2013:745783. . View in PubMed

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

Boosting a teen substance use prevention program with motivational interviewing Subst Use Misuse. 2012 Mar; 47(4):418-28. . View in PubMed

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 03; 9(3):660-73. . View in PubMed

An evaluation of immediate outcomes and fidelity of a drug abuse prevention program in continuation high schools: project towards no drug abuse (TND) J Drug Educ. 2012; 42(1):33-57. . View in PubMed

Campaigns and cliques: variations in effectiveness of an antismoking campaign as a function of adolescent peer group identity J Health Commun. 2012; 17(10):1215-31. . View in PubMed

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

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

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

An investigation of smoking cessation video content on YouTube Subst Use Misuse. 2011; 46(7):893-7. . View in PubMed

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

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 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

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

Acculturation and substance use: social influence as a mediator among Hispanic alternative high school youth J Health Soc Behav. 2009 Jun; 50(2):164-79. . View in PubMed

Concurrent predictors of cigarette and alcohol use among US. and Russian adolescents. J Drug Educ. 2009; 39(4):385-400. . View in PubMed


Country prototypes and translation of health programs Eval Health Prof. 2008 Jun; 31(2):110-23. . View in PubMed

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

Psychol Addict Behav. 2007 Dec; 21(4):587-91. . View in PubMed

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

Adolescent peer group identification and characteristics: a review of the literature Addict Behav. 2007 Aug; 32(8):1602-27. . View in PubMed

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

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

Brief intervention for substance use among at-risk adolescents: a pilot study J Adolesc Health. 2007 Feb; 40(2):188-91. . View in PubMed

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

A meta-analysis of teen cigarette smoking cessation Health Psychol. 2006 Sep; 25(5):549-57. . View in PubMed

Explaining the link between violence perpetration, victimization and drug use Addict Behav. 2005 Jul; 30(6):1261-6. . View in PubMed

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

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

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

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

A transdisciplinary focus on drug abuse prevention: an introduction Subst Use Misuse. 2004; 39(10-12):1441-56. . View in PubMed

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

Don't ask, don't tell Subst Use Misuse. 2004; 39(10-12):2081-2. . View in PubMed

Drug abuse prevention program developmentResults among Latino and non-Latino white adolescents. Eval Health Prof. 2003 Dec; 26(4):355-79. . View in PubMed

Demographic characteristics of hospitalized patients with alcoholic liver disease and pancreatitis in los angeles county Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2003 Nov; 27(11):1798-804. . View in PubMed

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

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

Effects of sixty six adolescent tobacco use cessation trials and seventeen prospective studies of self-initiated quitting Tob Induc Dis. 2002 Jan 15; 1(1):35-81. . View in PubMed

Alcoholic liver disease (ALD): a new domain for prevention efforts Subst Use Misuse. 2002; 37(14):1887-904. . View in PubMed

Development and immediate impact of a self-instruction curriculum for an adolescent indicated drug abuse prevention trial J Drug Educ. 2002; 32(2):121-37. . View in PubMed

Concurrent prediction of drug use among high-risk youth Addict Behav. 2001 Jan-Feb; 26(1):137-42. . View in PubMed

Effects of thirty-four adolescent tobacco use cessation and prevention trials on regular users of tobacco products Subst Use Misuse. 1999 Sep; 34(11):1469-503. . View in PubMed

Development of a school-based drug abuse prevention curriculum for high-risk youths J Psychoactive Drugs. 1996 Apr-Jun; 28(2):169-82. . View in PubMed

Empirical development of brief smoking prevention videotapes which target African-American adolescents Int J Addict. 1995 Jul; 30(9):1141-64. . View in PubMed

Continuation high schools: youth at risk for drug abuse J Drug Educ. 1995; 25(3):191-209. . View in PubMed

Differential influence of parental smoking and friends' smoking on adolescent initiation and escalation of smoking J Health Soc Behav. 1994 Sep; 35(3):248-65. . View in PubMed

Correlates of exclusive or combined use of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco among male adolescents Addict Behav. 1993 Nov-Dec; 18(6):623-34. . View in PubMed

Demographic, psychosocial and behavioral differences in samples of actively and passively consented adolescents Addict Behav. 1993 Jan-Feb; 18(1):51-6. . View in PubMed

Availability of tobacco products at stores located near public schools Int J Addict. 1991 Aug; 26(8):837-50. . View in PubMed

Characteristics of eighth-grade students who initiate self-care in elementary and junior high school Pediatrics. 1990 Sep; 86(3):448-54. . View in PubMed

Cue-exposure interventions for alcohol relapse prevention: need for a memory modification component Int J Addict. 1990 Aug; 25(8):921-9. . View in PubMed

Adolescents' first and most recent use situations of smokeless tobacco and cigarettes: similarities and differences Addict Behav. 1990; 15(5):439-48. . View in PubMed

Activity involvement, risk-taking, demographic variables, and other drug use: prediction of trying smokeless tobacco NCI Monogr. 1989; (8):57-62. . View in PubMed

Adolescent smokeless tobacco incidence: relations with other drugs and psychosocial variables Prev Med. 1987 May; 16(3):422-31. . View in PubMed

Steve Sussman, Ph.D., FAAHB, FAPA, FSPR, received his doctorate in social-clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984. He is a professor of preventive medicine, psychology, and social work at the University of Southern California (USC), and he has been at USC for 36 years. He studies etiology, prevention, and cessation within the addictions arena, broadly defined, as well as translation research and program development. He has over 500 publications. His programs include Project Towards No Tobacco Use (young teen tobacco use prevention), Project Towards No Drug Abuse (older teen drug abuse prevention), and Project EX (older teen tobacco use prevention/cessation), which are considered evidence-based programs at numerous agencies (i.e., CDC, NIDA, NCI, OJJDP, SAMSHA, CSAP, Colorado and Maryland Blueprints, Health Canada, U.S. DOE and various State Departments of Education). He received the honor of Research Laureate for the American Academy of Health Behavior in 2005, and he was President there (2007-2008). Also, as of 2007, he received the honor of Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 50, Addictions). Also, as of 2019, he received the honor of Fellow of the Society for Prevention Research. He is the current Editor of Evaluation & the Health Professions (SAGE Publications; since 2010). His newest texts are: Substance and Behavioral Addictions: Concepts, Causes, and Cures (Cambridge, 2017) and The Cambridge Handbook of Substance and Behavioral Addictions (Editor; Cambridge, 2020).
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