Virginia Commonwealth University

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Featured Researcher

Research Expertise and Focus

Perinatal addiction

Professional Highlights

Co-investigator and coordinator on REACH US infant mortality project, awarded by the Centers for Disease Control

Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies (IDAS) Faculty Award, BE FIT project, 2010

Community-Based Participatory Research Award, “Motivational Strategies to Help Bridge the Gap from Referral to Treatment for Substance Use and Depression,”  2007-2008


Education and Training

Ph.D., Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Selected Publications

Ramesh D, Keyser-Marcus LA, Ma L, Schmitz JM, Lane SD, Marwitz JH, Kreutzer JS, Moeller FG. Prevalence of traumatic brain injury in cocaine-dependent research volunteers. Am J Addict. 2015 Jun;24(4):341-7. doi: 10.1111/ajad.12192.  Epub 2015 Feb 6. PubMed PMID: 25662909.

Mason MJ, Campbell L, Way T, Keyser-Marcus L, Benotsch E, Mennis J, Zhang J, King L, May J, Stembridge DR. Development and Outcomes of a Text Messaging Tobacco Cessation Intervention With Urban Adolescents. Subst Abus. 2015 Oct-Dec;36(4):500-6. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2014.987946. Epub 2014 Dec 31. PubMed  PMID: 25551337.

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.

Hassamal S, Keyser-Marcus L, Crouse Breden E, Hobron K, Bhattachan A, Pandurangi A. A brief analysis of suicide methods and trends in virginia from 2003 to 2012. Biomed Res Int. 2015; 2015104036. PMCID: PMC4331312

Masho SW, Bishop DL, Keyser-Marcus L, Varner SB, White S, Svikis D. Least explored factors associated with prenatal smoking. Matern Child Health J. 2013 Sep; 17(7): 1167-1174. PMCID: PMC3528844

Langhorst DM, Choi YJ, Keyser-Marcus L, Svikis DS. Reducing sexual risk behaviors for HIV/STDs in women with alcohol use disorders. Res Soc Work Pract. 2012 Jun 11; 22(4): 367-379. PMCID: PMC3783343

Svikis DS, Keyser-Marcus L, Stitzer M, Rieckmann T, Safford L, Loeb P, Allen T, Luna-Anderson C, Back SE, Cohen J, DeBernardi MA, Dillard B, Forcehimes A, Jaffee W, Killeen T, et al. Randomized multi-site trial of the job seekers’ workshop in patients with substance use disorders. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2012 Jan 1; 120(1-3): 55-64. PMCID: PMC3579551

Masho SW, Keyser-Marcus L, Varner SB, Chapman D, Singleton R, Svikis D. Addressing perinatal disparities in urban setting: Using community based participatory research. J Community Psychol. 2011 Apr 1; 39(3): 292-302. PMCID: PMC3584582