A major aim of HEAL is to train the next generation of addiction scientists. Accordingly, HEAL is a training ground for: (a) undergraduate students at USC or other universities; (b) individuals who are post-bachelors and aiming to gain more research experience in between undergraduate and graduate training; (c) masters students at USC; (d) doctoral students working on their Ph.D. at USC; and (e) postdoctoral fellows who have their Ph.D. and require additional specialized training to transition into independent research careers.

Training is supervised by Dr. Adam Leventhal, the laboratory’s director. Interested Postdocs, Graduate Students, and Postbacs should send an inquiry email directly to Dr. Leventhal at Undergraduates interested in volunteering should visit our undergraduate assistantships for more information.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral research fellowships are available. Fellows will be involved in studies examining the role of psychosocial and biobehavioral determinants of addiction. Candidates should have strong research training in clinical psychology, experimental psychology, human behavioral pharmacology, psychiatric epidemiology, or health behavior studies. Applicants should also have an interest in pursuing a career in addiction research. Fellowships provide ample opportunities to participate in publishing, grant writing, and career development activities as well as mentored training in research.

Graduate Student Research Assistantships

Graduate student research assistantships are available to applicants to USC’s Health Behavior Research Ph.D. program. Applicants who are interested in addiction research are encouraged to apply to the Ph.D. program and contact Dr. Leventhal directly. Graduate student assistants are involved in studies examining the role of psychosocial and biobehavioral factors in addiction. As part of the Ph.D. program, they are also expected to conduct independent research (including a dissertation) under the mentorship of Dr. Leventhal.

Undergraduate Fellowships in Addiction Science

Advanced undergraduate research assistants who have been successfully working in the lab for an extended period are eligible to be selected for a USC-HEAL Undergraduate Fellowship in Addiction Science (UFAS). UFAS fellows are awarded a $3000 stipend and funding to cover travel to attend a national conference in addiction science. Fellows also have the opportunity to work as a senior member of HEAL’s team and develop an independent research project under the guidance of Dr. Leventhal.


The University of Southern California Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory posts job opportunities as they become available.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Addiction Research


The University of Southern California Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory (USC-HEAL; is recruiting 2-3 candidates for postdoctoral fellowship positions. Fellows will join a team of 4 PIs (Adam Leventhal, Matt Kirkpatrick, Raina Pang, Jessica Barrington-Trimis) carrying out laboratory, clinical, and population behavioral research on the causes, treatment, and prevention of addiction.  Recently completed and ongoing studies address vaping and cannabis use among youth and young adults, smoking cessation pharmacotherapy and counseling, sex differences in tobacco addiction, psychiatric-smoking comorbidity, ecological momentary assessment (EMA) of smoking and smoking cessation, pharmacological effects and appeal of e-cigarettes, genetic association studies of the effects of nicotine deprivation and stimulant administration on mood and behavior, and smoking in African American populations.  The fellowship will provide candidates with opportunities to lead and collaborate on data analyses and papers under the mentorship of the PIs.  Fellowships also provide training in building an independent research program, grant writing, and other career development activities.  Ideal candidates will have outstanding writing skills, excellent data analytic experience (preferably in longitudinal modeling, intensive repeated measures analysis for EMA data, or mixed models for complex factorial experiments), and an interest in pursuing a career in addiction research.


USC-HEAL is a dynamic, multi-disciplinary group of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate scholars interested in the intersection of mental health, health behavior, and addiction. USC-HEAL is housed within USC Keck School of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine and the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research (IPR;, which administers pre- and post-doctoral raining programs and an NIH/FDA-funded Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science.  USC-HEAL is also the hub of a new cross-campus initiative to develop the USC Institute for Addiction Science, which aims to promote interdisciplinary addiction science collaboration and education across public health, social work, psychology, policy, pharmacy, medicine, psychiatry, and other units.


The first round of applications will be reviewed on January 15, 2019, with another round on February 15, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.  Start date is flexible but should be no later than fall 2019.  To apply, please send a cover letter, statement of research interests, three paper reprints, and CV to: Adam Leventhal  Applicants should also arrange to have 3 letters of references sent directly to Dr. Leventhal. All materials should be sent via email.  Candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Leventhal or other HEAL faculty PIs with questions.

The University of Southern California strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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