Steven Sussman

An expert on addictions, drug use, and stop-smoking programs

Professor of Preventive Medicine and Psychology, Keck School of Medicine of USC


  • addiction
  • smoking and tobacco use
  • drug use among adolescents and adults
  • predictors of drug abuse
  • substance addictions like alcoholism and food-related disorders
  • process addictions like addiction to exercise or compulsive spending
  • the prevalence of addictions in the United States
  • smoking cessation programs
  • health behavior
  • physical attractiveness and interpersonal attraction

Additional Information

  • Co-author, Drug Abuse: Concepts, Prevention, and Cessation (2008)
  • Primary developer: Project EX, a successful adolescent tobacco-use cessation program; Project Towards No Drug Abuse, a drug abuse prevention project for older teens, particularly those at risk
  • Editor, Evaluation & the Health Professions
  • Fellow, Division 50 (Addictions), American Psychological Association
  • Contributing editor, 2012 Surgeon General’s Report on Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults
  • Member, American Psychological Association (1980-present)