Many people suffering from a substance use disorder also have other medical disorders, including psychiatric and other illnesses, and that intersection is our expertise. In the Division of Addiction Psychiatry, our faculty and trainees collaborate with multidisciplinary teams across the hospital system to provide comprehensive care for patients with a broad range of addiction and other medical issues.

We view addiction through psychological, physiological and social lenses and take a holistic approach to consultations and treatments for each patient.

“The opioid epidemic is the leading cause of accidental death in Virginia, a major public health problem for the state. Partly related to the opioid epidemic, people are beginning to realize that addiction cuts across all demographics and socioeconomic classes. The stigma is still there, but I think we’re making headway.”

F. Gerard Moeller, M.D.

Division Chair

Research

Many of our faculty are heavily involved in research at the VCU Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies, and we’re proud to be at the forefront of innovative, groundbreaking clinical research in the following areas:

  • Medication development
  • Community engagement
  • Neurobiology of addictions
  • Adolescent brain cognitive development
  • International research on addictions
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Residency

Residency

Trainees in our four-year residency program rotate through outpatient addiction clinics and the addiction consultation service over the course of their time at VCU. For residents interested in specializing in addictions, elective rotations and mentorship opportunities in preparation for a fellowship are available within the division.

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Tiffanee Brown - Resident

Fellowship

Funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, VCU's competitive addiction medicine fellowship accepts two applicants each year. Fellows gain hands-on clinical experience in ambulatory addiction and addiction consultation, plus additional opportunities for leadership, teaching and administrative training. The program also includes a three-month research rotation at the VCU Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies.

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Faculty

F. Gerard Moeller, M.D.

F. Gerard Moeller, M.D.

Division Chair
Addiction Medicine

F. Gerard Moeller, M.D.

F. Gerard Moeller, M.D.

Division Chair
Addiction Medicine

Department of Psychiatry

Addiction Medicine Division Chair

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Joel L. Steinberg, M.D.

Joel L. Steinberg, M.D.

Professor

Joel L. Steinberg, M.D.

Joel L. Steinberg, M.D.

Professor

Department of Psychiatry

Health Practitioners Monitoring Program (HPMP)
Professor
Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies
Director, Collaborative Advanced Research Imaging program

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Albert J. Arias, M.D.

Albert J. Arias, M.D.

Associate Professor

Albert J. Arias, M.D.

Albert J. Arias, M.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Psychiatry

Addiction Fellowship Program Director
Associate Professor
Associate Division Director, Addiction Psychiatry
Interim Medical Director, MOTIVATE clinic

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Lori Keyser-Marcus, Ph.D.

Lori Keyser-Marcus, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Lori Keyser-Marcus, Ph.D.

Lori Keyser-Marcus, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry

Addiction Medicine

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James M Bjork, Ph.D.

James M Bjork, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

James M Bjork, Ph.D.

James M Bjork, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Psychiatry

Addiction Medicine

Email: james.bjork@vcuhealth.org

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Jasmin L. Vassileva, Ph.D.

Jasmin L. Vassileva, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Jasmin L. Vassileva, Ph.D.

Jasmin L. Vassileva, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Psychiatry

Addiction Medicine

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David Ryan, M.D.

David Ryan, M.D.

Addiction Medicine

David Ryan, M.D.

David Ryan, M.D.

Addiction Medicine

Department of Psychiatry

Assistant Clinical Professor

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Liangsuo Ma, Ph.D.

Liangsuo Ma, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Liangsuo Ma, Ph.D.

Liangsuo Ma, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry

Addiction Medicine

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Advanced Practice Professionals

Tracy Davis, N.P.
Addiction Psychiatry

Tara Horne, N.P.
Addiction Psychiatry

Grace Screeney, N.P.
Addiction Psychiatry

Licensed Therapists

  • Sara Farber, LCSW
    Addiction Psychiatry
  • Kevin Hanger, LCSW
    Addiction Psychiatry