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Steve Shoptaw, Ph.D.

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Work Address:
10880 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

10880 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Work Phone Number:
310 794 -0619 ext. 225

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Department / Division Affiliations
Professor, Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Member, Addiction Medicine and Smoking Cessation Program, Brain Research Institute, CTSI, Center for Addictive Behaviors

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.


Steve 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.


Ling Murtaugh Kimberly, Krishnamurti Tamar, Davis Alexander L, Reback Cathy J, Shoptaw Steven Spend today, clean tomorrow: Predicting methamphetamine abstinence in a randomized controlled trial. Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association. 2013; 32(9): 958-66.
Koblin Beryl A, Mayer Kenneth H, Eshleman Susan H, Wang Lei, Mannheimer Sharon, Del Rio Carlos, Shoptaw Steven, Magnus Manya, Buchbinder Susan, Wilton Leo, Liu Ting-Yuan, Cummings Vanessa, Piwowar-Manning Estelle, Fields Sheldon D, Griffith Sam, Elharrar Vanessa, Wheeler Darrell, Wheeler Darrell Correlates of HIV Acquisition in a Cohort of Black Men Who Have Sex with Men in the United States: HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 061. PloS one. 2013; 8(7): e70413.
Landovitz Raphael J, Tseng Chi-Hong, Weissman Matthew, Haymer Michael, Mendenhall Brett, Rogers Kathryn, Veniegas Rosemary, Gorbach Pamina M, Reback Cathy J, Shoptaw Steven Epidemiology, Sexual Risk Behavior, and HIV Prevention Practices of Men who Have Sex with Men Using GRINDR in Los Angeles, California. Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. 2013; 90(4): 729-39.
Reback Cathy J, Fletcher Jesse B, Shoptaw Steven, Grella Christine E Methamphetamine and other substance use trends among street-recruited men who have sex with men, from 2008 to 2011. Drug and alcohol dependence. 2013; 8(7): .
Swanson Aimee-Noelle, Shoptaw Steven, Heinzerling Keith Gregory, Wade Adam C, Worley Matthew, McCracken James, Wilson Sarah A, Asarnow Joan, London Edythe D Up in Smoke? A Preliminary Open-Label Trial of Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Motivational Enhancement for Smoking Cessation Among Youth in Los Angeles. Substance use & misuse. 2013; 8(7): .
Murphy Ryan D, Gorbach Pamina M, Weiss Robert E, Hucks-Ortiz Christopher, Shoptaw Steven J Seroadaptation in a sample of very poor Los Angeles area men who have sex with men. AIDS and behavior. 2013; 17(5): 1862-72.
Herrick Amy L, Stall Ron, Chmiel Joan S, Guadamuz Thomas E, Penniman Typhanye, Shoptaw Steven, Ostrow David, Plankey Michael W It gets better: resolution of internalized homophobia over time and associations with positive health outcomes among MSM. AIDS and behavior. 2013; 17(4): 1423-30.
Ding Yingying, He Na, Shoptaw Steven, Gao Meiyang, Detels Roger Severity of club drug dependence and perceived need for treatment among a sample of adult club drug users in Shanghai, China. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology. 2013; 17(5): .
Brensilver Matthew, Heinzerling Keith G, Shoptaw Steven Pharmacotherapy of amphetamine-type stimulant dependence: An update. Drug and alcohol review. 2013; 17(4): .
Heinzerling Keith G, Gadzhyan Janette, van Oudheusden Henry, Rodriguez Felipe, McCracken James, Shoptaw Steven Pilot randomized trial of bupropion for adolescent methamphetamine abuse/dependence. The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. 2013; 52(4): 502-5.
Herrick Amy L, Lim Sin How, Plankey Michael W, Chmiel Joan S, Guadamuz Thomas E, Guadamuz Thomas T, Kao Uyen, Shoptaw Steven, Carrico Adam, Ostrow David, Stall Ron Adversity and syndemic production among men participating in the multicenter AIDS cohort study: a life-course approach. American journal of public health. 2013; 103(1): 79-85.
Nyamathi Adeline, Salem Benissa, Reback Cathy J, Shoptaw Steven, Branson Catherine M, Idemundia Faith E, Kennedy Barbara, Khalilifard Farinaz, Marfisee Mary, Liu Yihang Correlates of hepatitis B virus and HIV knowledge among gay and bisexual homeless young adults in Hollywood. American journal of men's health. 2013; 7(1): 18-26.
Reback Cathy J, Grant Deborah Ling, Fletcher Jesse B, Branson Catherine M, Shoptaw Steven, Bowers Jane Rohde, Charania Mahnaz, Mansergh Gordon Erratum to: Text Messaging Reduces HIV Risk Behaviors Among Methamphetamine-Using Men Who Have Sex with Men. AIDS and behavior. 2012; .
Strathdee Steffanie A, Shoptaw Steven, Dyer Typhanye Penniman, Quan Vu Minh, Aramrattana Apinun, Aramrattana Apinun Towards combination HIV prevention for injection drug users: addressing addictophobia, apathy and inattention. Current opinion in HIV and AIDS. 2012; 7(4): 320-325.
Landovitz Raphael J, Fletcher Jesse B, Inzhakova Galina, Lake Jordan E, Shoptaw Steven, Reback Cathy J A Novel Combination HIV Prevention Strategy: Post-Exposure Prophylaxis with Contingency Management for Substance Abuse Treatment Among Methamphetamine-Using Men Who Have Sex with Men. AIDS patient care and STDs. 2012; 26(6): 320-8.
Reback Cathy J, Grant Deborah Ling, Fletcher Jesse B, Branson Catherine M, Shoptaw Steven, Bowers Jane Rohde, Charania Mahnaz, Mansergh Gordon Text Messaging Reduces HIV Risk Behaviors Among Methamphetamine-Using Men Who Have Sex with Men. AIDS and behavior. 2012; 26(6): .
Brensilver Matthew, Heinzerling Keith G, Swanson Aimee-Noelle, Shoptaw Steven J A retrospective analysis of two randomized trials of bupropion for methamphetamine dependence: Suggested guidelines for treatment discontinuation/augmentation. Drug and alcohol dependence. 2012; 26(6): .
Heinzerling Keith G, Shoptaw Steven Gender, brain-derived neurotrophic factor Val66Met, and frequency of methamphetamine use. Gender medicine. 2012; 9(2): 112-20.
Brensilver Matthew, Heinzerling Keith G, Swanson Aimee-Noelle, Telesca Donatello, Furst Benjamin A, Shoptaw Steven J Cigarette smoking as a target for potentiating outcomes for methamphetamine abuse treatment. Drug and alcohol review. 2012; 9(2): .
Heinzerling Keith G, McCracken James T, Swanson Aimee-Noelle, Ray Lara A, Shoptaw Steven J COMT Val158Met, BDNF Val66Met, and OPRM1 Asn40Asp and methamphetamine dependence treatment response: preliminary investigation. Journal of clinical psychopharmacology. 2012; 32(1): 135-7.
Ling Walter, Shoptaw Steven, Hillhouse Maureen, Bholat Michelle A, Charuvastra Charles, Heinzerling Keith, Chim David, Annon Jeffrey, Dowling Patrick T, Doraimani Geetha Double-blind placebo-controlled evaluation of the PROMETAâ„¢ protocol for methamphetamine dependence. Addiction (Abingdon, England). 2012; 107(2): 361-9.
Reback Cathy J, Shoptaw Steven Development of an evidence-based, gay-specific cognitive behavioral therapy intervention for methamphetamine-abusing gay and bisexual men. Addictive behaviors. 2011; 32(1): .
Xu Hongquan, Shen Qing, Yang Xiaowei, Shoptaw Steven A quasi F-test for functional linear models with functional covariates and its application to longitudinal data. Statistics in medicine. 2011; 30(23): 2842-53.
Ober Allison J, Iguchi Martin Y, Weiss Robert E, Gorbach Pamina M, Heimer Robert, Ouellet Lawrence J, Shoptaw Steven, Anglin M Douglas, Zule William A The relative role of perceived partner risks in promoting condom use in a three-city sample of high-risk, low-income women. AIDS and behavior. 2011; 15(7): 1347-58.
Tross Susan, Campbell Aimee N C, Calsyn Donald A, Metsch Lisa R, Sorensen James L, Shoptaw Steven, Haynes Louise, Woody George E, Malow Robert M, Brown Lawrence S, Feaster Daniel J, Booth Robert E, Mandler Raul N, Masson Carmen, Holmes Beverly W, Colfax Grant, Brooks Audrey J, Hien Denise A, Schackman Bruce R, Korthuis P Todd, Miele Gloria M, Miele Gloria M NIDA's Clinical Trials Network: an opportunity for HIV research in community substance abuse treatment programs. The American journal of drug and alcohol abuse. 2011; 37(5): 283-93.
Young Sean D, Shoptaw Steven, Weiss Robert E, Munjas Brett, Gorbach Pamina M Predictors of unrecognized HIV infection among poor and ethnic men who have sex with men in Los Angeles. AIDS and behavior. 2011; 15(3): 643-9.