Virginia Commonwealth University

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Featured Researcher

Research Expertise and Focus

Identification and treatment of perinatal addiction

Professional Highlights

Memberships and Leadership

  • Member, Board of Directors, The College on Problems of Drug Dependence
  • Chairman, Credentials Committee, The College on Problems of Drug Dependence


  • Distinguished Scholar Award from the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, 2009
  • Dan Anderson Research Award for Advancement of Scientific Knowledge of Addiction Recovery, Hazelden Foundation, 1998


  • Deputy Director, VCU Institute for Women’s Health
  • Director, AWHARE (Addiction & Women’s Health: Advancing Research and Evaluation)
  • Coordinator, VCU Academy of Mentors (AoM)

Education and Training

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Selected Publications

Jallo N, Elswick RK Jr, Kinser P, Masho S, Price SK, Svikis DS. Prevalence and Predictors of Depressive Symptoms in Pregnant African American Women. Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2015 Nov;36(11):860-9. doi: 10.3109/01612840.2015.1048014. PubMed PMID: 26631857.

Keyser-Marcus L, Alvanzo A, Rieckmann T, Thacker L, Sepulveda A, Forcehimes A, Islam LZ, Leisey M, Stitzer M, Svikis DS. Trauma, gender, and mental health symptoms in individuals with substance use disorders. J Interpers Violence. 2015  Jan;30(1):3-24. doi: 10.1177/0886260514532523. Epub 2014 May 8. PubMed PMID: 24811286.

Polak K, Haug NA, Drachenberg HE, Svikis DS. Gender Considerations in Addiction: Implications for Treatment. Curr Treat Options Psychiatry. 2015 Sep;2(3):326-338. PubMed PMID: 26413454; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4578628.

Ondersma SJ, Beatty JR, Svikis DS, Strickler RC, Tzilos GK, Chang G, Divine GW, Taylor AR, Sokol RJ. Computer-Delivered Screening and Brief Intervention for  Alcohol Use in Pregnancy: A Pilot Randomized Trial. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2015 Jul;39(7):1219-26. doi: 10.1111/acer.12747. Epub 2015 May 22. PubMed PMID: 26010235; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4490994

Koffarnus MN, Wong CJ, Diemer K, Needham M, Hampton J, Fingerhood M, Svikis DS, Bigelow GE, Silverman K. A randomized clinical trial of a Therapeutic Workplace for chronically unemployed, homeless, alcohol-dependent adults. Alcohol Alcohol. 2011 Sep-Oct;46(5):561-9.  PMCID: PMC3156886

Choi YJ, Landghorst DM, Meshberg-Cohen S, Svikis DS.  Adapting an HIV/STDs prevention curriculum to fit the needs of women with alcohol problems. J Soc Work Pract Addict. 2011 Fall;11(4):352-74. PMCID: PMC3310367

Ondersma SJ, Grekin ER, Svikis D. The potential for technology in brief interventions for substance use, and during-session prediction of computer-delivered brief intervention response. Subst Use Misuse. 2011;46(1):77-86. PMCID: PMC3170922

Copersino ML, Jones H, Tuten M, Svikis D. Suicidal ideation among drug-dependent treatment-seeking inner-city pregnant women. J Maint Addict. 2008 Jan 1;3(2-4):53-64. PMCID: PMC3142928

Ondersma JS, Svikis DS, Schuster CR. Computer-based brief intervention a randomized trial with postpartum women. Am J Prev Med. 2007 Mar;32(3):231-8. PMCID: PMC1858656