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Stephen A. Maisto

Stephen A. Maisto

Stephen A. Maisto

Associate Dean for Research, Research Professor and Professor Emeritus


A&S Dean's Cabinet
464 Marley Educational Building


Postdoctoral respecialization in Clinical Psychology, George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Experimental Psychology

Research and Teaching Interests

My research involves the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders; mechanisms of risk perception and risk taking, especially as it relates to substance use; HIV prevention and intervention in psychiatric and other populations; intergration of behavioral healthcare in the primary care setting.

Certification and Licensure

Licensed clinical psychologist, State of Rhode Island

Licensed clinical psychologist, State of New York

Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology

Representative Publications

Skalski, L. M., Gunn, R. L., Caswell, A., Maisto, S. A., & Metrik, J. (in press). Sex-related marijuana expectancies as predictors of sexual risk behavior following smoked marijuana challenge. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Maisto, S.A., Galizio, M., & Connors, G.J. (in press). Drug use and abuse (Eigth Edition). Belmont, CA: Thompson Wadsworth Publishing Co.

Acosta, M. C., Possemato, K., Maisto, S. A., Marsch, L. A., Barrie, K., Lantinga, L., Fong, C., et al. (2017). Web-delivered CBT reduces heavy drinking in OEF-OIF veterans in primary care with symptomatic substance use and PTSD. Behavior Therapy, 48, 262-276.

Maisto, S. A., & Simons, J. (2016). Research on the effects of alcohol and sexual arousal on sexual risk in men who have sex with men: Implications for HIV prevention intervention. AIDS and Behavior, 20, 158-172.

Maisto, S. A., Witkiewitz, K., Moskal, D., & Wilson, A. D. (2016). Is the construct of relapse heuristic and does it advance alcohol use disorder clinical practice? Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 77(6), 849-858.

Connors, G. J., Maisto, S. A., Schlauch, R. C., Dearing, R. L., Prince, M. A., & Duerr, M. R. (2016). Therapeutic alliances predict session-by-session drinking behavior in the treatment of alcohol use disorders. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84(11), 972-982.

Maisto, S. A., Ewart, C. K., Witkiewitz, K., Connors, G. J., Elder, G., Krenek, G., & Ditmar, M. (2016). Predicting drinking lapses in alcohol use disorder: The toxic combination of agonistic striving and poor anger regulation. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 35, 235-254.

Maisto, S. A., Roos, C., Hallgren, K. A., Moskal, D., Wilson, A. D., & Witkiewitz, K. (2016). Do alcohol relapse episodes during treatment predict long-term outcomes? Investigating the validity of existing definitions of alcohol use disorder relapse. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 40, 2180-2189.

Woolf-King, S. E., & Maisto, S. A. (2015). The effects of alcohol, relationship power, and partner type on perceived difficulty implementing condom use among African American adults: An experimental study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, 571-581.

Zale, E. L., Maisto, S. A., & Ditre, J. W. (2015). The interrelations between pain and alcohol: A review. Clinical Psychology Review, 37, 57-71.

Maisto, S. A., Kirouac, M., & Witkiewitz, K. (2014). Alcohol use disorder (AUD) clinical course research: Informing clinicians’ treatment planning now and in the future. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75, 799-807.

Prince, M. A., & Maisto, S. A. (2013). The clinical course of alcohol use disorder: Using joinpoint analysis in interpretation of growth mixture models. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 133, 433-439.

Oslin, D. W., Lynch, K. G., Maisto, S. A., Lantinga, L. J., McKay, J. R., Possemato, K., Ingram, E., & Wierzbicki, M. (2013). A randomized clinical trial of alcohol care management delivered in Department of veterans Affairs primary care clinics versus specialty addiction treatment. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 29, 162-168.

Maisto, S. A., Palfai, T., Vanable, P. A., Heath, J., & Woolf-King, S. E. (2012). The effects of alcohol and sexual arousal on determinants of sexual risk in men who have sex with men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41,971-986.

Woolf, S. E., & Maisto, S. A. (2009). Alcohol use and risk of HIV infection among men who have sex with men. AIDS and Behavior, 13, 757-782.

Psychology Professor Stephen Maisto Named A&S’ New Associate Dean of Research

(Oct. 16, 2023)

Maisto, a professor of psychology at Syracuse University since 1994, will collaborate with faculty to expand the research footprint of the College.

Psychology Professor Part of Two NIH Grants to Advance Alcohol and Drug Use Disorder Research

(Dec. 20, 2022)

Stephen Maisto, professor emeritus of psychology, is an investigator on two projects funded by the National Institutes of Health totaling over $5 million.

Syracuse Conducts First Systematic Review of Experimental Pain Research on Cannabis-Based Drugs

(Sept. 18, 2018)

Study reveals cannabinoid drugs make pain feel "less unpleasant, more tolerable"

Psychologists Earn Rare Perfect Score on NIH Grant Application

(April 5, 2018)

Sarah Woolf-King, Stephen Maisto awarded "10" on grant proposal, funding treatment of HIV-infected hazardous drinkers

Michelle Zaso Awarded Prestigious NIH Fellowship

(Nov. 27, 2017)

Award will support her dissertation work relating to alcohol use in adolescence

Psychology Professors to Reduce Stimulant Misuse on College Campuses

(Oct. 20, 2016)

New grant supports development of preventative measures

Psychologist Awarded $2.1 Million NIH Grant

(July 30, 2015)

Maisto to study impact of factors on decision making among HIV-negative men prone to risky behavior