Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research (IPR), University of Southern California University of Southern California
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About Dr. Sussman

Dr. Steve Sussman is a professor of preventive medicine, psychology, and social work at the University of Southern California. Dr. Sussman is interested in the topic of addictions broadly defined and translation of prevention and cessation programming. That is, he is interested in multiple substance and behavioral addictions research, and translation of programming (both Type 1 and Type 2) and global translation of programming, in particular. For example, he co-wrote a paper indicating that approximately 46% of the U.S. population suffers from a serious addiction problem (cigarettes, alcohol, other drugs, binge eating, love, sex, work, shopping, exercise, gambling, or internet) in a 12-month period, with a 23% co-occurrence of two or more addictions (Sussman, Lisha, & Griffiths, 2011). He has provided a confirmatory empirical study on the prevalence and co-occurrence on multiple substance and behavioral addictions among former alternative high school youth, and he is writing a text for Cambridge University Press on the topic of multiple addictions, following up on a text that had focused on drug abuse.

He has been primary developer of three evidence-based programs among youth, Project Towards No Tobacco Use (tobacco use prevention for young teens/cessation for older teens), Project EX (tobacco use cessation for older teens), and project Towards No Drug Abuse (drug abuse prevention for older teens). He looks forward to continuing work with these programs, and also in the development of new programming. Project TNT was endorsed nationally by the Centers for Disease Control as a Program That Works (1997-2002), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Centers for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMHSA/CSAP), National Cancer Institute, and National Institute on Drug Abuse, and is recognized as one of 8 exemplary programs by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE). Project EX has been replicated five times in controlled trials, and has been considered an evidence-based program by SAMHSA/CSAP, NCI, and at several state DOE, and is being used as a means of international translation research (Austria, China, India, Israel and partners, Russia, Spain, and Thailand). Project Towards No Drug Abuse (Project TND) has been replicated seven times in controlled trials and has been considered a model program by SAMHSA/CSAP, Health Canada, the USDOE, Colorado Blueprints for Violence Prevention, OJJDP/DSG, Maryland Blueprints, U.S. Department of Defense, and the National Institute on
Drug Abuse.

He has published over 460 articles, chapters, abstracts, or books in the arena of the addictions and elsewhere. Dr. Sussman is Editor of Evaluation & the Health Professions (http://ehp.sagepub.com/), since 2010, and is an Associate Editor or on the Editorial Board of five other journals (e.g., Senior Associate Editor, American Journal of Health Behavior). He was selected as the Research Laureate of the American Academy of Health Behavior for 2005, and he is a Past-President there. In addition, he was elected as a Fellow of Division 50 (Addictions) of the American Psychological Association in 2007. Most recently, he was one of six contributing editors to the 2012 Surgeon General Report on Preventing Tobacco Use among Youth and Young Adults.

He also has a strong interest in mentoring students and young faculty who are interested in publishing, and in the courses he teaches (PM500-Foundations of Health Behavior; HP410-Issues in Drug Abuse Prevention and Cessation).

Finally, he is firmly committed to the journal on which he is Editor, Evaluation & the Health Professions. Dr. Sussman received his B.S. in psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign in 1976 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical-social psychology from the University Of Illinois at Chicago, in 1981 and 1984. He served on a clinical psychology residency at the University of Mississippi VA and Medical Centers Consortium from 1983-1984.

Dr. Sussman’s Research Interests

Dr. Sussman has a strong interest in the addictions, broadly defined, including etiology, prevention and cessation.  He has been primary developer of three programs, Project Towards No Tobacco Use (tobacco use prevention for young teens), Project EX (tobacco use cessation for older teens), and project Towards No Drug Abuse (drug abuse prevention for older teens). He looks forward to continuing work with these programs and in the development of new programming. He is interested in translation of programming (both Type 1 and Type 2) and global translation of programming in particular.

Future Research Interests

Dr. Sussman has a strong interest in the addictions, broadly defined, including etiology, prevention and cessation.  He has been primary developer of three programs, Project Towards No Tobacco Use (tobacco use prevention for young teens), Project EX (tobacco use cessation for older teens), and project Towards No Drug Abuse (drug abuse prevention for older teens). He looks forward to continuing work with these programs and in the development of new programming, which may broaden out in addiction focus. He is interested in translation of programming (both Type 1 and Type 2) and global translation of programming in particular. These interests extend into the future in many directions. 



Recent Publications

Sussman, S., Sun, P., Rohrbach, L., & Spruijt-Metz, D.One-year outcomes of adrug abuse prevention program for older teens and emerging adults: Evaluating amotivational interviewing booster component.HealthPsychology, 31(4), 476-485, 2012.

Pokhrel,P., Herzog, T.A., Black, D.S., Zaman, A., Riggs, N.R., & Sussman, S. Adolescentneurocognitive development, self-regulationand school-based drug useprevention. Prevention Sci., 14(3), 218-228,2013.

Idrisov,B., Sun, P., Akmadeeva, L., Arpawong, T.E., Kukhareva, P., & Sussman, S. Immediate and six-month effects of Project EXRussia: A smoking cessation intervention pilot program. AddictiveBehaviors, 38(8), 2402-2408, 2013.

Sussman, S., Milam, J., Arpawong, T.E., Tsai, J., Black, D.S., & Wills, T.A. (2013). Spirituality in Addictions Treatment: Wisdom to Know…What It Is. Substance Use & Misuse, 48: 1203-1217. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2013.800343

Lisha,N.E., Grana, R., Sun, P., Rohrbach, L.A., Spruijt-Metz, D., Reifman, A., &Sussman, S. Evaluation of the psychometric properties of theInventory of the Dimensions of Emerging Adulthood in a sample of continuationhigh school students. Eval. Health Prof. (in press;published on-line 7-11-2012).



Selected Publications

Sussman, S.,Lisha, N., & Griffiths, M.Prevalence of the addictions: A problemof the majority or the minority?Evaluation & the Health Professions. 34(1), 3-56, 2011.

Sussman, S.,Sun, P., & Dent, C.W.A meta-analysis of teen tobacco usecessation.Health Psychology, 25(5), 549-557,2006.

Sussman, S., Dent, C.W., McAdams, L.A., Stacy, A.W., Burton,D., & Flay, B.R.Groupself-identification and adolescent cigarette smoking: A 1-year prospectivestudy. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 103(3), 576-580, 1994.

Professional History
Psychology Resident
University of Mississippi VA and Medical Center Consortium
1983 — 1984
Instructor
Hind Junior College, Jackson, Mississippi
1983 — 1984
Research Associate and Faculty
University of Southern California
1984 — pres
Education History
Doctorate of Philosphy (Ph.D.)
Psychology, clinical-social
University of Illinois at Chicago
1978 — 1984
Courses Taught

Foundations of Health Behavior (PM 500) (1988-present)

Practicum in Health Behavior

Issues in Drug Abuse (HP410) (1999-present)

Preventive Medical Strategies Course Workshop (1990-2001)

Family Medicine Rotation Workshop (1990-2001)

Guest Lecturer in Theories of Health Behavior (PM601)

Guest Lecturer in Introduction to Health Behavior (HP200)

Awards

Dictionary of International Biography Twenty-fourth edition, 1995

Citation Poster Presentations, Society for Behavioral Medicine, 1994, 1995

2,000 Notable American Men, third edition, 1995

Tobacco Control: One of the 100 most cited researchers in tobacco related research, 2005

Projects TNT, TND, and EX were selected as model programs by CSAP/SAMHSA, 2003-2005, and by other agencies.

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

National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals, 2004

Who's Who in Medical Sciences Education (WWMSE), 2004

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

American Academy of Health Behavior Research Laureate Award, 2005

Fellow of American Psychological Association, Division 50, 2007-present

Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals, Honors Edition, 2008-2009

Who's Who in America, 2010 Edition

2011 American Psychological Association Scientific Leadership Conference Invited Attendee, Call to Advocacy: Psychological Science and Substance Abuse, October,2011.

Who's Who in America, 2011 Edition

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