Deborah Hasin

Deborah Hasin

Deborah Hasin

Epidemiology (in Psychiatry) at the Columbia University Medical Center


722 W. 168th Street, Room 228F
New York New York 10032

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Dr. Hasin is Professor of Epidemiology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Mailman School of Public Health. She directs the Substance Dependence Research Group at New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the pre- and post-doctoral Substance Abuse Epidemiology Training Program in the Department of Epidemiology in Mailman. Dr. Hasin's research focuses on studies of alcohol and drug use disorders. She has published over 350 papers. Her studies are funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and other organizations. Her awards include a Senior Scientist and Mentoring award from NIAAA, and the Jellinek Memorial award for epidemiologic research on alcoholism. Dr. Hasin's research areas include the epidemiology of alcohol, drug and psychiatric disorders in the U.S.; time trends in these disorders; conceptualization and definitions of addiction and substance disorders; environmental and genetic influences; and technological enhancements of brief interventions to reduce drinking and drug use in HIV patients. Dr. Hasin is an internationally recognized expert who has participated in World Health Organization studies, and served on the National Advisory Council to NIAAA and the DSM-5 Substance Use Disorders Workgroup. Dr. Hasin's studies include the relationship of state marijuana laws to marijuana and other substances; time trends in alcohol and drug disorders in the U.S.; DSM-IV and DSM-5 definitions of substance and psychiatric disorders in national and clinical populations; and randomized trials of interactive voice response (IVR) and smartphone technologies to enhance the efficacy of brief interventions.



PhD, 1986, Columbia University
MS, 1980, Columbia University
BA, 1972, University of California

Editorial Boards

Associate Editor, Drug and Alcohol Dependence

Additional Affiliations

Member, Research Society on Alcoholism

Member, College on Problems of Drug Dependence

Member, American Psychopathological Association

Honors & Awards

NARSAD Young Investigator Award
NIAAA Senior Scientist and Mentoring Award
Jellinek Memorial Award for Epidemiologic Research on Alcohol

Areas of Expertise

Research Design and Methods, Addiction/Drug Abuse, Addiction/Drug Abuse Treatment, Alcoholism

Select Urban Health Activities

Reducing unsafe drinking in HIV primary care: Binge drinking and drug use in HIV-infected individuals can cause or worsen liver problems, interfere with antiretroviral medication compliance and reduce survival. In large New York City HIV primary care clinics, Dr. Hasin's research group is conducting NIH-funded randomized clinical trials of brief behavioral interventions that employ interactive voice response and smartphone technology to engage patients in brief daily self-monitoring and periodic receipt of personalized feedback.

Select Global Activities

Alcohol in Israel: Genetic and Environmental Effects, Israel: Alcohol dependence and heavy drinking are complex traits caused by genetic and environmental factors. In a population-based sample of adult Israeli participants, Dr. Hasin and her colleagues are examining the conjunction of environmental and genetic factors in the risk for alcohol and tobacco problems.

Select Publications

Hasin DS, Kerridge BT, Saha TD, Huang B, Pickering R, Smith SM, Jung J, Zhang H, Grant BF. Prevalence and Correlates of DSM-5 Cannabis Use Disorder, 2012-2013: Findings from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions - III. In press, Am J Psychiatry.

Hasin DS, Saha TD, Kerridge BT, Goldstein RB, Chou SP, Zhang H, Jung J, Pickering RP, Ruan WJ, Smith SM, Huang B, Grant BF. Marijuana Use Disorders: Increased Prevalence in the United States between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013. JAMA Psychiatry, Published online October 21, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.1858

Hasin DS, Wall M, Keyes KM, Cerda M, Schulenberg J, O'Malley PM, Galea S, Pacula RL, Feng T. State Medical Marijuana Laws and Adolescent Marijuana Use in The United States: 1991-2014. Lancet Psychiatry, 2(7): 601-608, 2015 PMID 26303557

Hasin DS, Greenstein E, Aivadyan C, Stohl M, Aharonovich E, Saha T, Goldstein R, Nunes EV, Jung J, Zhang H, Grant BF. The Alcohol Use Disorder and Associated Disabilities Interview Schedule-5 (AUDADIS-5): procedural validity of substance use disorders modules through clinical re-appraisal in a general population sample. Drug Alch Dependence, Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Mar 1;148:40-6.

Meyers JL, Shmulewitz D, Wall MM, Keyes KM, Aharonovich E, Spivak B, Weizman A, Frisch A, Edenberg HJ, Gelernter J, Grant BF, Hasin D. Childhood adversity moderates the effect of ADH1B on risk for alcohol-related phenotypes in Jewish Israeli drinkers. Addiction Biology. Addict Biol. 2015 Jan;20(1):205-14. PMID: 24164917

Elliott JC, Aharonovich E, O'Leary A, Wainberg M, Hasin DS. Drinking motives among HIV primary care patients. AIDS and Behavior. 2014 Jul; 18(7):1315-23. PMID: 24165984.

Aharonovich E, Stohl M, Ellis J, Amerheim P, Hasin DS. Commitment Strength, Alcohol Dependence and HealthCall Participation: Effects on Drinking Reduction in HIV Patients. Drug Alch Dependence. 2014 Feb 1; 135:112-8. PMID: 24332577.

Hasin DS, O'Brien CP, Auriacombe M, Borges G, Bucholz K, Budney A, Compton WM, Crowley T, Ling W, Petry NM, Schuckit M, Grant BF. DSM- 5 Criteria for Substance Use Disorders: Recommendations and Rationale. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2013 Aug; 170(8):834-51. PMID: 23903334. PMC3767415

Hasin DS, Aharonovich E, O'Leary A, Greenstein E, Pavlicova M, Arunagjadai S, Waxman R, Wainberg M, Helzer J, Johnston B. Reducing Heavy Drinking in HIV Primary Care: A Randomized Trial of Brief Intervention, with and without Technological Enhancement. Addiction. 2013 Jul; 108(7): 1230-1240. PMID: 23432593. PMC3755729

Keyes KM, Eaton NR, Krueger RF, McLaughlin KA, Wall MM, Grant BF, Hasin DS. Child Maltreatment and the Structure of Common Psychiatric Disorders. Brit J Psychiat. 2012 Feb; 200(2):107-15. PMID: 22157798. PMC3269653

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