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Steven Shoptaw, PhD


Steven Shoptaw, PhD

UCLA Physician Steven Shoptaw, PhD specializes in Psychologist-Behavioral.
Language Spoken
Hospital Affiliation
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
State License Number
(310) 319-4733 Appointment line
(310) 794-0619 ext. 225, Information
Medical Degree
PhD, UCLA Department of Psychology & Education (MC 156304), 1990
Department Affiliation
Physician, Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine
Research Interest

Medication and behavioral therapy for meth abuse.

Dr. Shoptaw’s main interest in therapy development is supported primarily as principal investigator of a NIDA P50 project, UCLA Medication Development Unit for Stimulant Abuse. This project provides support for linked Phase I (safety interaction) and Phase II (early efficacy) trials of novel, putative medications for methamphetamine dependence. Dr. Shoptaw also is principal investigator on a project funded by Dr. Edythe London’s Adolescent Smoking Cessation Center to evaluate nicotine replacement therapy in combination with cognitive behavioral/motivational enhancement for smoking cessation in adolescent smokers. A related research agenda involves testing associations between stimulant abuse and infectious disease. Dr. Shoptaw collaborates on several research projects (Principal investigator or co-principal investigator) funded by NIH, California HIV Research Program and Los Angeles County that test hypotheses related to the idea that reduction of stimulant abuse produces concomitant decreases in sexual risk behaviors that transmit HIV and other infectious diseases. Main funded research projects include being principal investigator (with Pamina Gorbach Co-PI) of the Los Angeles site for NIDA’s Sexual Acquisition and Transmission of HIV--Cooperative Agreement Program (SATH-CAP). As well, Steve is principal investigator (with Dr. Judith Currier) of the HIV Prevention Trials Network Protocol 061: a 1 year cohort study for Black men who have sex with men (MSM) and their male sexual partners.

Additional Information

Steven J. Shoptaw is a licensed psychologist and Professor in the UCLA Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Dr. Shoptaw joined the Department of Family Medicine as full professor in 2005. Prior to this, Dr. Shoptaw was a Research Psychologist with the Integrated Substance Abuse Program in the Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science since 2003. Dr. Shoptaw earned his BA (1982) in Psychology and MA (1985) and Ph.D. (1990) in Psychology at UCLA. His dissertation was nominated for the Gingerelli Award for Excellence in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Shoptaw completed his postdoctoral training in Psychophysiology at the UCLA NPI/VAMC in Sepulveda, CA in 1991. Following that, Dr. Shoptaw worked for 10 years as a Principal Investigator with Friends Research Institute, Inc., during which time, his program of clinical research with substance abusers supported opening several treatment research clinics in Rancho Cucamonga, Hollywood, South Los Angeles, and West Hollywood. Dr. Shoptaw received the FRI Daniel Mendelsohn Young Investigator Award in 1996 and a mentoring award in 2000. In 1996, Dr. Shoptaw opened Safe House, a 24 bed facility that provides emergency, transitional and permanent housing to persons living with HIV/AIDS, chemical dependency, transitional and permanent housing to persons living with HIV/AIDS, chemical dependency, and mental illness who are homeless or at risk for homelessness. He continues with this program as a volunteer Executive Director. These linkages of clinical research and community collaboration have led Dr. Shoptaw???s work to influence practice guidelines in intervening with substance abusers, especially those at high risk for HIV transmission, locally, nationally and in emerging international epidemics.


1. Shoptaw Steven, Heinzerling Keith G, Rotheram-Fuller Erin, Steward Trevor, Wang Jason, Swanson Aimee-Noelle, De La Garza Richard, Newton Tom, Ling Walter Randomized, placebo-controlled trial of bupropion for the treatment of methamphetamine dependence.. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2008; 96(3): 222-32.
2. Yang Xiaowei, Li Jinhui, Shoptaw Steven Imputation-based strategies for clinical trial longitudinal data with nonignorable missing values.. Statistics in Medicine. 2008; 27(15): 2826-49.
3. Shoptaw Steven, Reback Cathy J., Larkins Sherry, Wang Jason, Rotheram-Fuller Erin, Dang Jeff, Yang Xiaowei Outcomes using two tailored behavioral treatments for substance abuse in urban gay and bisexual men.. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2008; 27(15): .
4. Nyamathi Adeline, Dixon Elizabeth L, Shoptaw Steven, Marfisee Mary, Gelberg Lillian, Williams Stephanie, Dominick Stephanie, Leake Barbara Profile of lifetime methamphetamine use among homeless adults in Los Angeles.. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2008; 92(1-3): 277-81.
5. King William, Larkins Sherry, Hucks-Ortiz Christopher, Wang Jason, Gorbach Pamina, Veniegas Rosemary, Shoptaw Steven Factors Associated with HIV Viral Load in a Respondent Driven Sample in Los Angeles.. AIDS and behavior. 2007; 92(1-3):.
6. Xiaowei Yang, Shoptaw Steven, Kun Nie, Juanmei Liu, Belin Thomas R Markov transition models for binary repeated measures with ignorable and nonignorable missing values.. Statistical methods in medical research. 2007; 16(4): 347-64.

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