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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 effects of low nicotine cigarettes on smoking behavior, and use of low nicotine cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid. Other recent/current topics include (1) effects of nicotine on attentional cognitive processing, (2) behavioral genetic markers of tobacco addiction, and (3)cue-elicited craving and attentional biases among smokers.

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.

Brandon, T. H., Unrod, M., Drobes, D. J., Sutton, S. K., Hawk, L. W., Simmons, V. N., … Cahill, S. P. (2017). Facilitated Extinction Training to Improve Pharmacotherapy for Smoking Cessation: A Pilot Feasibility Trial. Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.

MacQueen, D. A., & Drobes, D. J. (2017). Validation of the human odor span task: effects of nicotine. Psychopharmacology.

Meltzer, L. R., Simmons, V. N., Sutton, S. K., Drobes, D. J., Quinn, G. P., Meade, C. D., … Brandon, T. H. (2017). A randomized controlled trial of a smoking cessation self-help intervention for dual users of tobacco cigarettes and E-cigarettes: Intervention development and research design. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 60, 56–62.

Oliver, J. A., Evans, D. E., Addicott, M. A., Potts, G. F., Brandon, T. H., & Drobes, D. J. (2017). Nicotine Withdrawal Induces Neural Deficits in Reward Processing. Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 19 (6), 686–693.