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David J. Drobes

David J. Drobes

David J. Drobes
Professor, Departments of Oncologic Sciences & Psychology
University of South Florida
  Associate Director, Tobacco Research and Intervention Program
Moffitt Cancer Center


Office: MDC 44(FOW-TRIP)
Phone: 813/745-1751
Fax: 813/745-1755



B.A., Psychology, 1984, State University of New York at Albany
M.S., Psychology, 1997, Purdue University
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 1993, Purdue University


Ph.D. Areas: Clinical


My research program encompasses a broad perspective towards addictive behaviors, with most work focused on nicotine/tobacco, alcohol, and interactions between tobacco and alcohol. I use primarily human laboratory paradigms to examine motivational features of addiction, incorporating psychophysiological, subjective, and behavioral/cognitive indices. Recent work has focused on cue-elicited craving among smokers and alcoholics, and attempts to manipulate cue reactivity using brief interventions. Other current topics include (1) behavioral genetic markers of tobacco addiction, (2) effects of nicotine on attentional cognitive processing, (3) comorbidity between addiction and psychopathology, and (4) the relationship between alcohol-related expectancies and cue reactivity.

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
82185PSY 4913002Directed Study
Permit Required, S-U Only

TBA 100

85082PSY 6917037Directed Research
Majors Only. S/U only.

TBA 100

93200PSY 6971040Thesis: Master's
Majors Only

TBA 100

95657PSY 7918021Directed Research
Majors Only. S/U only.

TBA 100

93211PSY 7980044Dissertation: Doctoral
Adm to Doc Candidacy Required. Majors Only.

TBA 100

Recent Publications

Braun, A.R., Heinz, A.J., Veilleux, J.C., Conrad, M., Weber, S., Wardle, M., Greenstein, J., Evatt, D., Drobes, D., & Kassel, J.D. (2012). The separate and combined effects of alcohol and nicotine on anticipatory anxiety: A multidimensional analysis. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 485-491.

Ditre, J.W., Oliver, J.A., Myrick, H., Henderson, S., Saladin, M.E., & Drobes, D.J. (2012). Effects of Divalproex on smoking cue reactivity and cessation outcomes among smokers achieving initial abstinence. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 20, 293-301.

Hillman, C.H., & Drobes, D.J. (2012). Physical activity and cognitive control: Implications for drug abuse. Child Development Perspectives, 6, 367-373.

MacQueen, D.A., Heckman, B.W., Blank, M.D., Janse Van Rensburg, K., Evans, D.E., & Drobes, D.J. (2012). Transient compensatory smoking in response to placebo cigarettes. Psychopharmacology, 223, 47-54.

Oliver, J.A., & Drobes, D.J. (2012). Visual search and attentional bias for smoking cues: The role of familiarity. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 20, 489-496.

Bloom, E.L., Potts, G.F., Evans, D.E., & Drobes, D.J. (2013). Cue reactivity in smokers: An event-related potential study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 90, 258-264.

Drobes, D.J. , MacQueen, D.A., Blank, M.D., Saladin, M.E., & Malcolm, R.J. (2013). Effects of intravenous nicotine on prepulse inhibition in smokers and nonsmokers: Relationship with familial smoking. Psychopharmacology, 229, 285-294. doi: 10.1007/s00213-013-3107-8.

Evans, D.E., Maxfield, N.D., Janse Van Rensburg, K., Oliver, J.A., Jentink, K.G., & Drobes, D.J. (2013). Nicotine deprivation influences P300 markers of cognitive control. Neuropsychopharmacology, 38, 2525-2531.

Heckman, B.W., Kovacs, M.A., Marquinez, N.S., Meltzer, L.R., Tsambarlis, M.E., Drobes, D.J. , & Brandon, T.B. (2013). Influence of affective manipulations on cigarette craving: A meta-analysis. Addiction, 108, 2068-2078.

Janse Van Rensburg, K., Elibero, A., Kilpatrick, M., & Drobes, D.J. (2013). Impact of aerobic exercise intensity on craving and reactivity to smoking cues. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 21, 196-203.

Oliver, J.A., Blank, M.D., Janse Van Rensburg, K., MacQueen, D.A., Brandon, T.B., & Drobes, D.J. (2013). Nicotine interactions with low-dose alcohol: Pharmacological influences on smoking and drinking motivation. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 1154-1165.

Correa, J.B., Heckman, B.W., Marquinez, N.S., Drobes, D.J. , Unrod, M., Roetzheim, R.C., & Brandon, T.B. (2014). Perceived medication assignment during a placebo-controlled laboratory study of Varenicline: Temporal associations of treatment expectancies with smoking-related outcomes. Psychopharmacology, 231, 2559-2566. doi: 10.1007/s00213-013-3420-2

Evans, D.E., Jentink, K.G., Sutton, S.K., Janse Van Rensburg, K., & Drobes, D.J. (2014). 7 mg nicotine patch fails to enhance P300 neural indices of cognitive control among nonsmokers. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 126, 77-82.

Evans, D.E., MacQueen, D.A., Jentink, K.G., Park, J.Y., Lin, H., & Drobes, D.J. (2014). CHRNA5 variants moderate the effect of nicotine deprivation on a neural index of cognitive control. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 13, 626-632.

MacQueen, D.A., Heckman, B.W., Blank, M.D., Janse Van Rensburg, K., Park, J.Y., Drobes, D.J. , & Evans, D.E. (2014). Variation in the alpha 5 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunit gene predicts cigarette smoking intensity as a function of nicotine content. The Pharmacogenomics Journal, 14, 70-76.

Potts, G.F., Bloom, E.L., Evans, D.E., & Drobes, D.J. (2014). Neural reward and punishment sensitivity in cigarette smokers. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 144, 245-253.

Unrod, M., Drobes, D.J. , Stasiewicz, P.R., Ditre, J.W., Heckman, B., Miller, R.R., Sutton, S.K., & Brandon, T.H. (2014). Decline in cue-provoked craving during cue-exposure therapy for smoking cessation. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16, 306-315.

Evans, D.E., Sutton, S.K., Oliver, J.A., & Drobes, D.J. (2015). Cortical activity differs during nicotine deprivation versus satiation in heavy smokers. Psychopharmacology, 232, 1879-1885.

Heckman, B.W., Carpenter, M.J., Correa, J.B., Wray, J.M., Saladin, M.E., Froeliger, B.F., Drobes, D.J. , & Brandon, T.H. (2015). Effects of experimental negative affect manipulations on Ad Lib smoking: A meta-analysis. Addiction, 110, 751-760. PMID: 25641624

Oliver, J.A., & Drobes, D.J. (2015). Cognitive manifestations of drinking-smoking associations: A cross-primed Stroop task. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 147, 81-88.

Donny, E.C., Denlinger, R.L., Tidey, J., Koopmeiners, J.S., Benowitz, N.L., Vandrey, R.G., al’Absi, M., Cinciripini, P.M., Dermody, S.S., Drobes, D.J. , Hecht, S.S., Jensen, J., Lane, T., Le, C., McClernon, F.J., Montoya, I., Murphy, S.E., Robinson, J.D., Stitzer, M.L., Strasser, A.A., Tindle, H., & Hatsukami, D.K. (2015). Reduced nicotine standards for cigarettes: A randomized trial. New England Journal of Medicine, 373, 1340-1349.

Dermody, S.S., Tidey, J.W., Denlinger, R.L., Pacek, L.R., al’Absi, M., Drobes, D.J. , Hatsukami, D.K., Vandrey, R.G., & Donny, E.C. (2016). The impact of smoking very low nicotine content cigarettes on alcohol use. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 40, 606-615.

Evans, D.E., Sutton, S.K., Jentink, K.G., Lin, H., Park, J.Y., & Drobes, D.J. (2016). Cannabinoid receptor 1 (CNR1) gene variant moderates neural index of cognitive disruption during nicotine withdrawal. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 15, 621-626.

Harrell, P.T., Lin, H-Y., Park, J.Y., Blank, M.D., Drobes, D.J. , & Evans, D.E. (2016). Dopaminergic genetic variation moderates the effect of nicotine on cigarette reward. Psychopharmacology, 233, 351-360.

MacQueen, D.A., Dalrymple, S.R., Drobes, D.J. , & Diamond, D.M. (2016). Influence of pharmacological manipulations of NMDA and cholinergic receptors on working versus reference memory in a dual component odor span task. Learning and Memory, 23, 270-277.

Oliver, J.A., Jentink, K.G., Drobes, D.J. , & Evans, D.E. (2016). Smokers exhibit biased neural processing of smoking and affective images. Health Psychology, 35, 866-869.

Pacek, L.R., Vandrey, R.G., Dermody, S.S., Denlinger-Apte, R.L., Lemieux, A., Tidey, J.W., McClernon, F.J., Bangdiwala, A.S., Drobes, D.J. , al’Absi, M., Strasser, A.A., Koopmeiners, J.S., Hatsukami, D.K., & Donny, E.C. (2016). Evaluation of a reduced nicotine product standard: Moderating effects of and impact on cannabis use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 167, 228-232.

Robinson, J.D., Drobes, D.J. , Brandon, T.H., Wetter, D.W., & Cinciripini, P.M. (2016). Evaluating point of sale tobacco marketing using behavioral laboratory methods. Tobacco Regulatory Science, 2, 414-425.

Sutton, S.K., Janse Van Rensburg, K., Jentink, K.G., Drobes, D.J. , & Evans, D.E. (2016). Nicotine-induced cortical activation among nonsmokers with moderation by trait cognitive control. Psychopharmacology, 233, 2301-2308.

Tidey, J.W., Pacek, L.R., Koopmeiners, J.S., Vandrey, R.G., Nardone, N., Drobes, D.J., Benowitz, N.L., Dermody, S.S., Lemieux, A., Denlinger, R.L., Cassidy, R., al’Absi, M., Hatsukami, D.K., & Donny, E.C. (2017). Effects of 6-week use of reduced-nicotine cigarettes in smokers with and without elevated depressive symptoms. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 19, 59-67.