Steve Shoptaw, Ph.D.


Center Co-Director
Co-Director, Combination Prevention Core
Co-Director, Administrative Core



Dr. Shoptaw is a licensed psychologist and Professor in both the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. He is Director of the Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine, which focuses on the prevention and treatment of chronic health problems, particularly addiction and HIV/AIDS. Since the early 1990’s, Dr. Shoptaw has conducted a series of clinical studies in community clinic settings, primarily on topics that involve the development of medical and behavioral interventions to treat substance abusers. As the Director for the Intervention Core for the UCLA Center for HIV Identification Prevention and Treatment Services, Dr. Shoptaw works with a team of colleagues to develop funded research on application of the next generation of technological advances (e.g., using cell phones, Internet) and biomedical approaches (microbicides, stem cells) to preventing HIV transmission. He is the Principal Investigator of two NIDA R01 grants to conduct Phase I safety and Phase II efficacy trials of medications for the treatment of methamphetamine dependence. He is also the Site Director of an HIV Prevention Trials Network study looking at the feasibility of a community-level, multi-component intervention for Black MSM. Dr. Shoptaw eagerly seeks out opportunities to mentor new investigators interested in academic careers along these topics and has mentored more than twenty pre- and post-doctoral students. He is also Director of a T32 Training Program on Addiction Medicine in Primary Care funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. All of these experiences in conducting clinical trials in addiction medicine have shaped Dr. Shoptaw’s agenda in the Department of Family Medicine, integrating addiction medicine into primary care settings, particularly those clinics that serve low-income patients.


Ph.D., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, California, US
M.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, California, US
B.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, California, US

Research and Interests:

Addiction medicine research, medication development for methamphetamine abuse, HIV behavioral and biomedical interventions