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Dr. Howard B. Moss

Health Science Clinical Professor - Psychiatry

Dr. Howard B. Moss

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Counseling Clinics of La Jolla
La Jolla, Calif. 92037
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University of California, Riverside
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Education and Training

  • Fellowship, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Residency, Psychiatry, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Residency, Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles Sepulveda VA Hospital, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Internship, Internal Medicine-Neurology, Wadsworth VA Medical Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • M.D., Chicago Medical School/University of Health Sciences.
  • B.A., Biology, State University of New York at Buffalo.


Dr. Howard B. Moss, M.D. is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine and a nationally-known expert in addiction psychiatry with a specialization in office-based substance abuse treatment.

Moss is the former associate director for clinical and translational research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in Bethesda, Maryland and a clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

He has held a variety of clinical faculty positions over his 30-plus year career, including professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, professor and vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Temple University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

A graduate of State University of New York at Buffalo, he earned his M.D. at the Chicago Medical School/University of Health Sciences, then came to California to conduct his residencies, first at the UCLA Sepulveda VA Hospital, then at the University of Southern California School of Medicine.

Research Interests

In addition to being a prominent addictions therapist,he has published over 175 peer-reviewed articles and three books on alcohol and drug abuse topics, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences on addiction research.


  • U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grant Award, Asuncion, Paraguay, U.S. Information Agency, 1998.
  • Senior Scientist Award (K05), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 1997.


Selected Recent Publications

  • Moss HB, Chen CM, Yi H-Y. (2013). Early adolescent patterns of alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana polysubstance use and young adult substance use outcomes in a nationally representative sample. Drug and Alcohol Dependence .DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2013.12.011
  • Moss HB ( 2013). The impact of alcohol on society: A brief overview. Social Work in Public Health 28:175-177.
  • Moss HB, Chen CM, Yi H-Y. (2012). Measures of Substance Consumption among Substance Users, DSM-IV Abusers, and those with DSM-IV Dependence Disorders in a Nationally Representative Sample. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 73: 820-828.
  • Litten RZ, Egli M, Heilig M, Cui C, Fertig JB, Ryan ML, Falk DE, Moss H, Huebner R & Noronha A. (2012). Medications development to treat alcohol dependence: a vision for the next decade. Addiction Biology doi:10.1111/j.1369-1600.2012.00454.
  • Sarsour K., Johnston, JA, Milton, DR, Duhig A, Melfi C. and Moss HB (2012).
    Factors Predicting Change in Frequency of Heavy Drinking Days among Alcohol-Dependent
    Participants in the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). Alcohol and Alcoholism 47: 443-450.
  • Y-H, Chen, CM, Yi, H-Y, Moss, HB (2011). Effect of Comorbid Alcohol and Drug Use Disorders on Premature Death Among Unipolar and Bipolar Disorder Decedents in the United States, 1999–2006. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 52 (5):453-464.
  • Grant BF, Dawson DA, Moss HB (2011). Disaggregating the Burden of Substance Dependence in the United States. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 35 (3): 387-388.

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