Neal Doran, Ph.D.
Assistant Adjunct Professor
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Telephone #: 858-997-4949
FAX #: 858-642-6201


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 a New Investigator Award from the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program. He joined our faculty in 2008, and is currently Assistant Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Research Scientist at the Veterans Medical Research Foundation.

Research Focus

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.

Selected Publications

Doran N., Cook J., McChargue D., Myers M., & Spring B. (2008). Cue-elicited negative affect in impulsive smokers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 22, 249-256.

Doran N., Myers M. G., Luczak S. E., Carr L. G., & Wall T. L. (2007). Stability of heavy episodic drinking in Chinese and Korean American college students: Effects of ALDH2 gene status and behavioral undercontrol. J. Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 68, 789-797.

Doran N., Spring B., & McChargue, D. (2007). Effect of impulsivity on craving and behavioral reactivity to smoking cues. Psychopharmacology, 194, 279-288.

Doran N., McChargue D., Spring B., VanderVeen J., Cook J. W., & Richmond, M. (2006). Effect of nicotine on negative affect among more impulsive smokers. Experimental & Clinical Psychopharmacology, 14, 287-295.

Doran N., Spring B., Borrelli B., McChargue D., Hitsman B., Niaura R., & Hedeker D. (2006). Elevated positive mood: A mixed blessing for abstinence. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 20, 36-43.


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