Meet Our Members

Faculty members join IAS from disciplines including medicine, social work, psychiatry, psychology, engineering, communications, public policy, and more.

Sarah Axeen, PhD

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine

Policy; Opioids; Behavioral Health Outcomes; Healthcare Economics

Lourdes Baez-Conde, PhD, MPH

PROFESSOR

Professor of Preventive Medicine; Associate Dean for Community Initiatives, Keck School of Medicine

Tobacco; Cultural Diversity; Adolescents and Young Adults; Cancer; Policy

Laura Baker, PhD

Professor

Professor of Psychology, USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Arts, Letters and Sciences 

Behavioral Genetics, Adolescents and Young Adults 

 

Jessica Barrington-Trimis, PhD

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine,Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS).

Policy, Tobacco, Adolescents and Young Adults 

Mel Baron, PharmD, MPA

Professor

Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

Opioids, Health Literacy, Fotonovelas, Community and Ambulatory Pharmacy Practice, Implementation in Community Clinics 

Ricky Bluthenthal, PhD

Professor

Professor (Clinical Scholar) in the Department of Preventive Medicine 

Syringe Exchange programs, HIV, Injection Drug Use, Health Disparities, Health Policy Implementation 

Antoine Bechara, PhD

Professor

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Arts, Letters and Sciences

Neuroscience of decision-making; Addiction; Substance Misuse; Gambling

Rael Cahn, MD, PhD

Assitant professor

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry & the Behavioral Sciences
 

Mindfulness, Meditation, Substance Use Disorders, Anxiety, Depression

Julie Cederbaum, PhD, MSW, MPH

Associate Professor

Associate Professor of Social Work; Department of Children, Youth and Families

HIV/ AIDS; Health Disparities; Children and Youth; Behavioral Health 

Alice Cepeda, PhD

Associate Professor

Associate Professor of Social Work Dept. of Adult Mental Health and Wellness

HIV/ AIDS; Mental Health; Substance Misuse; Diversity/ Cross Cultural; Social Development; Policy

Junhan Cho, PhD

Research Professor

Research Professor, Director of Methodology and Statistics, USC HEAL, Keck School of Medicine 

Health Disparities, Tobacco, Statistics, Research Methodologies 

 

Terry Church, DrSc

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor in the Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences, USC School of Pharmacy

Regulatory Sciences; AYA; Addiction; Ethics; Policy

John Clapp, PhD

Professor

Professor, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine

Alcohol, College-Based Interventions, System Dynamics 

Michael Cousineau, PhD

Professor

Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine at USC Keck School of Medicine

Policy, Health Services, Evaluation, Vulnerable Populations, Tobacco

Tess Cruz, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor

Clinical assistant professor, Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine 

Tobacco, Health Disparities, Communication

Daryl Davies, PhD

Professor

Daryl L. Davies, PhD, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy

Drugs of Abuse Pharmacology and Toxicology; Early Stage Drug Discovery and Development; Drug Safety Pharmacology and Toxicology; Neuro-degenerative Disorders; Neuro-psychiatric Disorders

 

Jordan Davis, PhD

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Department of Children, Youth and Families. 

Substance Use, Marginalized Youth, Mindfulness

Jason Doctor, PhD

Associate Professor

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management, Price School of Public Policy
 

Physician behavior and psychology; behavioral economics and health; patient choice and decision making; health policy and implementation

Shannon Dunn, PhD

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Department of Children, Youth and Families. 

Substance Use, Marginalized Youth, Mindfulness

Jimi Huh, PhD

Associate Professor

Associate Professor of Research Preventive Medicine
 

Psychology, Epidemiology, Health Disparities, Tobacco, Immigrant Health, Acculturation 

Michele Kipke, PhD

Professor

Professor of Pediatrics (Clinical Scholar), Keck School of Medicine; Vice-Chair of Research at CHLA

Pediatric Health Outcomes; Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Health Disparities; Social Determinants of Health, HIV, Violence

Jose Luis Gonzales, PhD

Associate Professor

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Keck School of Medicine

Dr. Gonzalez earned his medical degree from Rush University Medical Center. He then went on to complete his internship and residency at LAC+USC Medical Center.

Cameron Kaplan, PhD

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Medicine at the USC Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science

Health Economics; Medicare; Insurance; Health Disparities; Healthcare Utilization; Health Outcomes; Policy 

Charles Kaplan, PhD

Associate Dean

Associate Dean of Research Hamovitch Center For Science In Human Services Dept. of Adult Mental Health and Wellness, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Harm Reduction Policy; Interventions on Cannabis and Heroin; Health Disparities; HIV/ AIDS; Substance Misuse

Lorraine Kelley-Quon, MD, MSHS

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Surgery and Preventive Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and the University of Southern California

Neonatal Opioid Exposure; Health Policy; Pediatric Surgery

Matthew Kirkpatrick, PhD

assistant professor

Assistant Professor of Research in the Department of Preventive Medicine in the Keck School of Medicine 

Tobacco; Health Behavior; E-Cigarettes

 

Olivia Lee, PhD

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Social Work, Department of Children Youth and Families, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Mental Health, Substance Misuse, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Vulnerable Populations

 

Caryn Lerman, MD

professor

Professor in Cancer Research and Director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center 

Cancer; Genetics; Tobacco; Behavior Change

Yan Liu, PhD

Associate Professor

Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department, of the Viterbi School of Engineering 

Machine Learning 

Adam Leventhal, PhD

Professor

Professor of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine

Tobacco; Behavior Change; Policy; Digital Media; Addiction; Psychology

Shan Luo, PhD

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Keck School of Medicine

Psychology; Health Behavior; Decision Making; Neuroscience; Endocrinology 

Danielle Madden, PhD

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Research, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Event-Level Alcohol Interventions, EMA

Michael Menchine, MD, MPH

associate professor

Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine

Chronic Disease; HIV; Diabetes; Policy; Social Determinants of Health

Lynn Miller, PhD

Professor

Professor, Annenberg School of Communication, Department of Psychology

Virtual interactive and gaming technologies; risky decision-making; diverse communities

John Monterosso, PhD

associate professor

Associate Professor, Dana and David Dornsife College of Arts, Letters and Sciences 

Addiction; Recovery; Brain Imaging; Decision-Making; Self Control; Neuropsychology of Addiction; Behavioral Economics

Hans Oh, PhD

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Department of Adult Mental Health and Wellness

Social Determinants of Health; Psychosis; Mental Health 

Eunjoo Pacifici, PharmD, PhD

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, USC School of Pharmacy, Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences

Toxicology; Policy; Regulatory Language; Labeling

Rosalee Pacula, PhD

Research scientist

Professor, Schaeffer Center

Crime; Drug Policy and Trends; Health Behaviors; Health Care Financing; Health Economics; Substance Abuse Prevention; Substance Abuse Treatment; Substance Use

Raina Pang, PhD

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Research, Keck School of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine
 

Tobacco; Gender; Addiction

Lani Park, PhD

assistant professor

Assistant Research Professor, Preventive Medicine, Keck of USC.  

Genetics; Tobacco

Maryann Pentz, PhD

Professor

Professor of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine

Mass Media, Community-Based Prevention, AYA, Psychology, Tobacco, Alcohol, Substance Misuse

Stephen Read, PhD

Professor

Professor of Social Psychology and Professor of Psychology, Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

 Social Perception and Causal Reasoning; Neural Network Models; Personality; Motivation; Social Cognition; Risky Sexual Behavior; Virtual Reality

Anamara Ritt-Olson, PhD

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor,  Clinical Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine 

Substance misuse; Bullying; Childhood cancer survivors; Health Behavior; Predictive Analytics

Seth Seabury, PhD

Associate Professor

Associate Professor in the USC School of Pharmacy in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Health Economics. 

At-Risk Youth; Vulnerable Populations; Healthcare Delivery; Policy

Todd Schneberk, MD, MA

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at Keck University Hospital Los Angeles

Opioids; Immigrant Health; Social Determinants of Health; Social Justice

 

Jane Steinberg, PhD, MPH

assistant professor

Assistant Professor, Clinical in Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine. 

Adolescent Health; Tobacco Control; Cannabis Regulation; Health Disparities

Steven Siegel, MD, PhD

Professor

Professor and Chair, Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine

Neurobiology of Schizophrenia, Autism, Drug Misuse, Nicotine Dependence

Caradina Soto, PhD

Assistant Professor

Assistant Clinical Professor at the University Of Southern California Keck School Of Medicine in the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research. 

Tobacco; Policy; Media; Health Disparities; American Indian and Alaska Native Populations

Sze-Chuan Suen, PhD

Assistant Professor

 Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering

Policy; Simulation; Dynamic Systems Modeling; Cost-Effectiveness Analysis; Decision Analysis

Steve Sussman, PhD

Professor

Professor of Preventive Medicine and Psychology, Keck School of Medicine

Drug Misuse Prevention; Tobacco Cessation; Adolescent Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use Prevention; Relapse Prevention

Joey Trampush, PhD

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine at USC.

Genetics; Neuropsychology; Psychiatry

Rebecca Trotzky-Sirr, MD

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine; Medical Director – LAC+USC Jail

Treatment; Training; MAT; Policy

Barbara Turner, PhD

Professor

Professor of Medicine in the Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science, Keck School of Medicine

Health Disparities; Diverse Populations; Chronic Disease; Preventive Care; Community Engagement

Jennifer Unger, PhD

Professor

Professor, Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine. 

Health Behavior; Acculturation; Substance Misuse; Tobacco; Youth

Alvaredo Valdez, PhD

Professor

Professor of Practice, Policy, Research and Advocacy for the Latino Population at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Relationship between substance use and violence; health issues among high-risk groups

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