Student and Trainee Spotlight

IAS Pilot Grant Program

IAS launched an inaugural Pilot Grant Program in 2021, providing support for postdoctoral and predoctoral scholars as well as assistant and early associate faculty members. IAS also houses the Student Association for Addiction Science (SAAS), which provides professional development and research and practice opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at USC.


IAS Early Career Addiction Science Showcase (ECASS)

Annually, IAS hosts the Early Career Addiction Science Showcase.  This event showcases early career researchers’ (Undergraduate, Post Baccalaureate, Master’s, PhD or other graduate students, Postdoctoral scholars, or Junior Faculty) cutting-edge research in addiction science.  Empirical findings that have not been previously published are showcased at an annual event with podium presentations by each researcher.  Topics include, but are not limited to:  Clinical research, epidemiology, health policy/regulatory science, pharmacology, pre-clinical research, social and behavioral sciences, prevention/treatment research, and concepts in etiology.

Below are presenters and winners of our 2022 showcases. 

* Denotes “Best Abstract Award Winner

Interactive Effects of Financial Strain and Distress Tolerance on Pre-Quit Tobacco Withdrawal Symptoms in Smokers Preparing to Initiate a Quit Attempt
Mariel S. Belo, MA, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Pain Trajectories and Alcohol Use Disorder Outcomes Among Veterans During COVID-19 *
Shaddy K. Saba, MA, PhD (c), Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
A Systematic Review of Endpoints Used in Clinical Trials of Drugs to Treat Opioid Use Disorder
Christine Van, Pharm. D (c), Kaylene Okada, Pharm. D (c), School of Pharmacy
Youth Nicotine Addiction:  Strategic Defiance of Regulatory Oversight by the Disposable Electronic Nicotine Delivery System Industry
Griffin Riggs, BS (c), MS (c), Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, School of Pharmacy
Medicaid expansions and smoking cessation among low-income smokers
Sam Melville, BS, Keck School of Medicine
Revisiting trait resilience in the context of harm reduction:  An exploration of cannabis-related protective behavioral strategies and consequences
Reagan E. Fitzke, BS, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine
Cigarette Smoking and Depression:  Examining a Parallel Process Growth Model in Veterans
Denise Tran, PhD, Keck School of Medicine
Addictive Interaction of E-cigarette Use and Mental Health Symptoms with Risk of Cigarette Smoking Initiation Among Young Adults in the United States
Alyssa F. Harlow, PhD, MPH, Keck School of Medicine
Cannabis Legalization and Taxation:  Effects of the Black-Market Growth and Sale of Cannabis in California *
Harlan Tsui, BS (c), School of Pharmacy
Social Connection Subtance Use, and Society *
Nina C. Christie, MPH, PhD (c), Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, Keck School of Medicine
Youth Susceptibility to “Tobacco-Free” Oral Nicotine Products in Comparison to Cigarettes and E-Cigarettes *
Erin A. Vogel, PhD, Keck School of Medicine