Research Groups & Committees

Mechanisms and Treatment Development

John Monterosso, PhD | USC Dornsife College of Letters/Arts/Sciences
Daryl Davies, PhD | Mann School of Pharmacy

The goal of the translational psychobiology research group is to bring together psychobiologists to bridge the gap between bench and bedside, and to facilitate the flow of scientific discovery to practical application.


John Monterosso                                  Daryl L. Davies

Priority Populations & Health Equity

Eric Pedersen, PhD| Keck School of Medicine
Jungeun Olivia Lee, PhD | Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Researching the social determinants of health, health disparities and other confounding factors contributing to our nation’s addiction crisis is the focus of this research group – a true collaboration amongst a large number of disciplines.


Eric Pedersen                                      Jungeun Olivia Lee

Addiction Policy & Health Economics

Sarah Axeen, PhD| Keck School of Medicine
Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, PhD | Price School of Public Policy

This group of faulty members focus on research, publications and advocacy to support evidence-based policy development.


Sarah Axeen                                       Rosalie Pacula

Community Engagement & Dissemination

Ricky N. Bluthenthal, PhD | Keck School of Medicine
Alice Cepeda, PhD | Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Addiction service delivery is a complex phenomenon that requires scientific rigor to support evidence-based activities along the entire spectrum of service from prevention to sustaining recovery. IAS is committed to counteracting racism and health equity through concerted community engagement efforts led by this group.


                  Ricky Bluthental                                          Alice Cepeda

Training Consortium

Terry David Church, DRSc, MA, MS | Mann School of Pharmacy
Jessica Barrington-Trimis, PhD | Keck School of Medicine

This group is responsible for enhancing addiction related education from the community level throughout the highest levels of higher education to enhance our community’s ability to serve and treat individuals.


               Terry David Church                           Jessica L. Barrington-Trimis