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    Neal Doran

    TitleAssociate Adjunct Professor
    SchoolUniversity of California, San Diego
    Address9500 Gilman Drive #9151-B
    CA La Jolla 92093
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      Dr. Doran received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago with support from an American Heart Association Affiliate Fellowship. He completed his predoctoral internship at UCSD, and a postdoctoral National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism fellowship at UCSD with Dr. Mark Myers. Dr. Doran has received funding from the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, NIAAA, and NIDA to study the early stages of cigarette smoking. He joined our faculty in 2008, and is currently Associate Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and a staff psychologist and Director of Clinical Improvement at the VA San Diego medical center.

      Research Interests

      Dr. Doran’s research focuses on biological and behavioral risk mechanisms that heighten the risk for initiation and progression of substance use, particularly cigarette smoking. Dr. Doran is currently funded by the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program to study the role of impulsivity, drug expectancies, and genetic polymorphisms in cigarette smoking among college students.

      Clinical Focus

      Dr. Doran is a licensed clinical psychologist in California. His clinical interests include smoking cessation, other substance abuse treatment, and psychological aspects of recovery from medical illness and injury.

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      Social Cognitive Theory and Nondaily Smoking, Escalation and Desistance
      NIH R01DA037217Sep 1, 2014 - May 31, 2019
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Motives for Simultaneous Alcohol and Tobacco Use in Young Adults
      NIH/NIAAA R21AA021822Sep 10, 2013 - Aug 31, 2015
      Role: Principal Investigator

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      1. Doran N, Brikmanis K, Petersen A, Delucchi K, Al-Delaimy WK, Luczak S, Myers M, Strong D. Does e-cigarette use predict cigarette escalation? A longitudinal study of young adult non-daily smokers. Prev Med. 2017 Jul; 100:279-284. PMID: 28583658.
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      2. Brikmanis, K; Doran, N. Hookah tobacco use and stressful life events in a sample of young non-daily cigarette smokers. Addict Beh. 2017; (64):1-5.
      3. Anthenelli, RM; Heffner, JL; Wong, E; Tibbs, J; Russell, K; Isgro, M; Dinh, E; Wehrle, C; Worley, MJ; Doran, N. A randomized trial evaluating whether topiramate aids smoking cessation and prevents alcohol relapse in recovering alcohol dependent men. Alcoholism: Clin Exp Res. 2017; (41):197-206.
      4. Martinez S, Tal I, Norcross W, Newton IG, Downs N, Seay K, McGuire T, Kirby B, Chidley B, Tiamson-Kassab M, Lee D, Hadley A, Doran N, Jong P, Lee K, Moutier C, Norman M, Zisook S. Alcohol use in an academic medical school environment: A UC San Diego Healer Education Assessment and Referral (HEAR) Report. Ann Clin Psychiatry. 2016 May; 28(2):85-94. PMID: 27285389.
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      5. Doran N, Brikmanis K. Expectancies for and use of e-cigarettes and hookah among young adult non-daily smokers. Addict Behav. 2016 Sep; 60:154-9. PMID: 27155241; PMCID: PMC4884616 [Available on 09/01/17].
      6. Doran N, De Peralta S, Depp C, Dishman B, Gold L, Marshall R, Miller D, Vitale S, Tiamson-Kassab M. The Validity of a Brief Risk Assessment Tool for Predicting Suicidal Behavior in Veterans Utilizing VHA Mental Health Care. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2016 Aug; 46(4):471-85. PMID: 26822821.
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      7. Sax, JK; Doran, N. Food labeling and consumer associations with health, safety and environment. J Law Med Ethics. 2016; (44):630-638.
      8. Zisook, S; Young, I; Doran, N; Downs, N; Hadley, A; Kirby, B; McGuire, T; Moutier, C; Norcross, W; Tiamson-Kassab, M. Suicidal ideation among students and physicians at a US medical school: A Healer Education, Assessment and Referral (HEAR) program report. Omega: J Death Dying. 2016; (74):35-61.
      9. Doran N, Trim RS. Correlates of other tobacco use in a community sample of young adults. Addict Behav. 2015 Dec; 51:131-5. PMID: 26255638; PMCID: PMC4558378 [Available on 12/01/16].
      10. Doran N, Godfrey KM, Myers MG. Hookah Use Predicts Cigarette Smoking Progression Among College Smokers. Nicotine Tob Res. 2015 Nov; 17(11):1347-53. PMID: 25586774.
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      11. Doran, N; Trim, RS. Correlates of other tobacco use in a community sample of young adults. Addict Beh. 2015; (51):131-135.
      12. Khoddam R, Worley M, Browne KC, Doran N, Brown SA. Family history density predicts long term substance use outcomes in an adolescent treatment sample. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Feb 01; 147:235-42. PMID: 25533896; PMCID: PMC4297729.
      13. Doran N. Sex differences in smoking cue reactivity: craving, negative affect, and preference for immediate smoking. Am J Addict. 2014 May-Jun; 23(3):211-7. PMID: 24724877.
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      14. Schweizer CA, Doran N, Myers MG. Social facilitation expectancies for smoking: psychometric properties of a new measure. J Am Coll Health. 2014; 62(2):136-44. PMID: 24456515; PMCID: PMC3922225.
      15. Schweizer, CA; Roesch, SC; Khoddam, R; Doran, N; Myers, MG. Examining the stability of young adult alcohol and tobacco co-use: A latent transition analysis. Addict Res Theory. 2014; (22):325-335.
      16. Pang RD, Hom MS, Geary BA, Doran N, Spillane NS, Guillot CR, Leventhal AM. Relationships between trait urgency, smoking reinforcement expectancies, and nicotine dependence. J Addict Dis. 2014; 33(2):83-93. PMID: 24784229; PMCID: PMC4095861.
      17. Myers MG, Doran N, Edland SD, Schweizer CA, Wall TL. Cigarette smoking initiation during college predicts future alcohol involvement: a matched-samples study. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2013 Nov; 74(6):909-16. PMID: 24172118.
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      18. Doran N, Trim RS. The prospective effects of impulsivity on alcohol and tobacco use in a college sample. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2013 Nov-Dec; 45(5):379-85. PMID: 24592663.
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      19. Khoddam R, Doran N. Family smoking history moderates the effect of expectancies on smoking initiation in college students. Addict Behav. 2013 Aug; 38(8):2384-7. PMID: 23632096.
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      20. Doran, N; Hohman, M; Koutsenok, I. Motivational interviewing training in juvenile corrections: A comparison between outside experts and internal trainers. Legal and Crim Psychol. 2013; (18):262-273.
      21. Doran N, Schweizer CA, Myers MG, Greenwood TA. A prospective study of the effects of the DRD2/ANKK1 TaqIA polymorphism and impulsivity on smoking initiation. Subst Use Misuse. 2013 Jan; 48(1-2):106-16. PMID: 23153044.
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      22. Aversa LH, Stoddard JA, Doran N, Au S, Chow B, McFall M, Saxon AJ, Baker DG. Longitudinal analysis of the relationship between PTSD symptom clusters, cigarette use, and physical health-related quality of life. Qual Life Res. 2013 Aug; 22(6):1381-9. PMID: 23054494.
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      23. Shapiro JR, Koro T, Doran N, Thompson S, Sallis JF, Calfas K, Patrick K. Text4Diet: a randomized controlled study using text messaging for weight loss behaviors. Prev Med. 2012 Nov; 55(5):412-7. PMID: 22944150.
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      24. Aversa LH, Stoddard JA, Doran N, Au S, Chow B, McFall M, Saxon A, Baker DG. PTSD and depression as predictors of physical health-related quality of life in tobacco-dependent veterans. J Psychosom Res. 2012 Sep; 73(3):185-90. PMID: 22850258.
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      25. Doran N, Khoddam R, Sanders PE, Schweizer CA, Trim RS, Myers MG. A prospective study of the Acquired Preparedness Model: the effects of impulsivity and expectancies on smoking initiation in college students. Psychol Addict Behav. 2013 Sep; 27(3):714-22. PMID: 22686965; PMCID: PMC4779050.
      26. Doran, N; Luczak, S; Bekman, N; Koutsenok, I; Brown, SA. Adolescent substance use and aggression: A review. Criminal Justice and Behavior. 2012; (39):748-769.
      27. Schweizer CA, Doran N, Roesch SC, Myers MG. Progression to problem drinking among Mexican American and White European first-year college students: a multiple group analysis. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2011 Nov; 72(6):975-80. PMID: 22051211; PMCID: PMC3211968.
      28. Doran N, Hohman M, Koutsenok I. Linking basic and advanced motivational interviewing training outcomes for juvenile correctional staff in California. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2011 Sep; Suppl 7:19-26. PMID: 22185036.
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      29. Sax JK, Doran N. Evaluation of academic scientists' responses to situations that pose a conflict of interest. Cancer Biol Ther. 2011 Jul 01; 12(1):4-8. PMID: 21525792.
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      30. Doran N, Sanders PE, Bekman NM, Worley MJ, Monreal TK, McGee E, Cummins K, Brown SA. Mediating influences of negative affect and risk perception on the relationship between sensation seeking and adolescent cigarette smoking. Nicotine Tob Res. 2011 Jun; 13(6):457-65. PMID: 21436297; PMCID: PMC3103719.
      31. Doran N, Schweizer CA, Myers MG. Do expectancies for reinforcement from smoking change after smoking initiation? Psychol Addict Behav. 2011 Mar; 25(1):101-7. PMID: 20822193; PMCID: PMC3012745.
      32. McChargue, DE; Drevo, S; Herrera, MJ; Doran, N; Salvi, S; Klanecky, AK. Trait-impulsivity moderates the relationship between rumination and number of major depressive episodes among cigarette smokers. Mental Health and Substance Use: Dual Diagnosis. 2011; (4):96-103.
      33. Doran, N; Aldridge, A; Myers, MG; Roesch, SC. Factor structure and invariance of the Behavioural Undercontrol Questionnaire: Testing for differences across gender and ethnicity. Eur J Psychol Assessment. 2011; (27):145-152.
      34. Cook J, Spring B, McChargue D, Doran N. Effects of anhedonia on days to relapse among smokers with a history of depression: a brief report. Nicotine Tob Res. 2010 Sep; 12(9):978-82. PMID: 20709727; PMCID: PMC2948830.
      35. Doran N, Cook J, McChargue D, Spring B. Impulsivity and cigarette craving: differences across subtypes. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2009 Dec; 207(3):365-73. PMID: 19756522.
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      36. Myers MG, Doran N, Trinidad DR, Wall TL, Klonoff EA. A prospective study of cigarette smoking initiation during college: Chinese and Korean American students. Health Psychol. 2009 Jul; 28(4):448-56. PMID: 19594269; PMCID: PMC2742368.
      37. McChargue DE, Doran N. Cue-evoked positive affect, depression vulnerability and smoking years. Am J Health Behav. 2009 Jan-Feb; 33(1):49-57. PMID: 18844520; PMCID: PMC4719682.
      38. Hohman, M; Doran, N; Koutsenok, I. Motivational interviewing training for juvenile correctional staff in California: One year initial outcomes. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. 2009; (48):635-648.
      39. Doran N, Cook J, McChargue D, Myers M, Spring B. Cue-elicited negative affect in impulsive smokers. Psychol Addict Behav. 2008 Jun; 22(2):249-56. PMID: 18540722; PMCID: PMC2748979.
      40. Doran N, Myers MG, Luczak SE, Carr LG, Wall TL. Stability of heavy episodic drinking in Chinese- and Korean-American college students: effects of ALDH2 gene status and behavioral undercontrol. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2007 Nov; 68(6):789-97. PMID: 17960296.
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      41. Doran N, Spring B, McChargue D. Effect of impulsivity on craving and behavioral reactivity to smoking cues. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2007 Oct; 194(2):279-88. PMID: 17594080.
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      42. Doran N, McChargue D, Spring B. Effect of impulsivity on cardiovascular and subjective reactivity to smoking cues. Addict Behav. 2008 Jan; 33(1):167-72. PMID: 17566665.
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      43. Myers MG, Doran N, Brown SA. Is cigarette smoking related to alcohol use during the 8 years following treatment for adolescent alcohol and other drug abuse? Alcohol Alcohol. 2007 May-Jun; 42(3):226-33. PMID: 17526632; PMCID: PMC1931416.
      44. Spring B, Doran N, Pagoto S, McChargue D, Cook JW, Bailey K, Crayton J, Hedeker D. Fluoxetine, smoking, and history of major depression: A randomized controlled trial. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2007 Feb; 75(1):85-94. PMID: 17295567.
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      45. Spring B, Hitsman B, Pingitore R, McChargue DE, Gunnarsdottir D, Corsica J, Pergadia M, Doran N, Crayton JW, Baruah S, Hedeker D. Effect of tryptophan depletion on smokers and nonsmokers with and without history of major depression. Biol Psychiatry. 2007 Jan 01; 61(1):70-7. PMID: 16893526.
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      46. Doran N, McChargue D, Spring B, VanderVeen J, Cook JW, Richmond M. Effect of nicotine on negative affect among more impulsive smokers. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2006 Aug; 14(3):287-95. PMID: 16893271.
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      47. Doran N, McChargue D, Cohen L. Impulsivity and the reinforcing value of cigarette smoking. Addict Behav. 2007 Jan; 32(1):90-8. PMID: 16675149.
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      48. Doran N, Spring B, Borrelli B, McChargue D, Hitsman B, Niaura R, Hedeker D. Elevated positive mood: a mixed blessing for abstinence. Psychol Addict Behav. 2006 Mar; 20(1):36-43. PMID: 16536663.
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      49. Cullen, JM; Spates, CR; Pagoto, S; Doran, N. Behavioral activation treatment for Major Depressive Disorder: A pilot investigation. Behavior Analyst Today. 2006; (7):151-166.
      50. Spring B, Pagoto S, Pingitore R, Doran N, Schneider K, Hedeker D. Randomized controlled trial for behavioral smoking and weight control treatment: effect of concurrent versus sequential intervention. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2004 Oct; 72(5):785-96. PMID: 15482037; PMCID: PMC4008866.
      51. Doran N, Spring B, McChargue D, Pergadia M, Richmond M. Impulsivity and smoking relapse. Nicotine Tob Res. 2004 Aug; 6(4):641-7. PMID: 15370160.
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