We are a multidisciplinary team that examines the intersection between health behavior, mental health, and addiction.
We address essential questions, like:
  • 1. Why are some people more likely to use and abuse drugs?
  • 2. How do drugs alter the way we think, feel, and behave?
  • 3. What makes something addictive?
By answering these questions we can:
  • 1. Understand and reduce health disparities in cancer and other addiction-related diseases.
  • 2. Prevent and treat addiction and associated mental health problems.
  • 3. Identify the basic mechanisms of emotion and motivation.

Genes May Make It Harder for Some to Quit Smoking

A story by the American Cancer Society featured Adam Leventhal, PhD, associate professor and director of USC HEAL, on the role genetics play in tobacco addiction. "We need to have a better understanding of the biology of tobacco addiction, particularly in this high-priority population," Leventhal said.

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Healthy Debate

New Beginnings: Better Vagal Maneuvers for Arrhythmias and eCigarettes in Adolescents

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Teens who use e-cigarettes may be transitioning to tobacco products, research shows

A multi-university team led by Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) researchers has found, for the first time, that using or “vaping” of electronic cigarettes is associated with a propensity to start smoking cigarettes or other, harmful tobacco products.

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HEAL Seminar Series: Mark Kaplan
Acute use of alcohol and suicide: Lessons Learned from national postmortem data

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