Faculty Profile

About Steven Sussman

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).


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

Assessing the relationship between youth religiosity and their alcohol use: A meta-analysis from 2008 to 2018
Addict Behav. 2020 Feb 20; 106:106361.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

\"Who\'s Really Regulating? Who\'s Benefiting?\" Exploring Black Stakeholders\' Awareness and Trust in the Food and Drug Administration\'s Role as a Tobacco Regulator.
Tob Regul Sci. 2018 Jul; 4(4):41-49.

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.

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).

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Commentary--Project Towards No Drug Abuse: an evidence-based drug abuse prevention program
J Prim Prev. 2014 Aug; 35(4):233-7.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Dissemination of Project Towards No Drug Abuse (TND): findings from a survey of program adopters
Subst Use Misuse. 2010 Dec; 45(14):2551-66.

Anhedonia associated with stimulant use and dependence in a population-based sample of American adults
Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2010 Dec; 18(6):562-9.

A further look at the intergenerational transmission of violence: witnessing interparental violence in emerging adulthood
J Interpers Violence. 2010 Jun; 25(6):1022-42.

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

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.

Salud Drogas. 2009; 9(2):129-148.

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

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

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.

Apples and oranges? Comparing indirect measures of alcohol-related cognition predicting alcohol use in at-risk adolescents.
Psychol Addict Behav. 2007 Dec; 21(4):587-91.

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.

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

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.

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.

Comparison of indirect assessments of association as predictors of marijuana use among at-risk adolescents
Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2007 Apr; 15(2):204-18.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

A family member's job loss as a risk factor for smoking among adolescents
Health Psychol. 2004 May; 23(3):308-13.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Factors in marijuana cessation among high-risk youth
J Drug Educ. 1999; 29(4):337-57.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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