Michele Levine, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine

Graduate Student Advisees

  • Rebecca Emery

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests

Health behavior change, particularly weight and smoking-related behaviors during and after pregnancy.

Accepting Graduate Students:


Representative Publications

Bush T, Levine MD, Deprey M, Cerruti B, Zbikowski SM, McAfee T, Mahoney L, Beebe L. (In press). (2009). Prevalence of weight concerns and obesity among smokers calling a quit line. Journal of Smoking Cessation.

Levine MD. (2008). Womens interest in treatment to stay abstinent from cigarettes postpartum. Womens Health Issues, 18, 381-386.

Palmatier M.I., Levin M.E., Mays K.L., Donny E.C., Caggiula A.R., Sved A.F. (2009). Bupropion and nicotine enhance responding for nondrug reinforcers via dissociable pharmacological mechanisms in rats. Psychopharmacology, 207(3): 381-390

Levin M.E., Palmatier M.I., Weaver M.T., Caggiula A.R., Sved A.F., Donny E.C. (in preparation). (2012). Varenicline dose-dependently enhances responding for non-pharmacological reinforcers and attenuates the reinforcement-enhancing effects of nicotine. Nicotine & Tobacco Research : Official Journal of the Society For Research On Nicotine and Tobacco. 14: 299-305.

Levine MD, Perkins KA, Kalarchian MA, Cheng Y, Houck PR, Slane JD, Marcus MD. Bupropion and cognitive behavior therapy for weight concerned women smokers. Arch Intern Med 2010;170:543-550.

Wildes JE, Marcus MD, Kalarchian MA, Levine MD, Houck, P, Cheng Y. Self-reported binge eating in severe pediatric obesity: impact on weight change in a randomized controlled trial of family-based treatment. Int J Obes, 2010; 34:1143-1148.

Levine MD, Cheng Y, Marcus MD, Kalarchian MA. Relapse to smoking and postpartum weight retention among women who quit smoking during pregnancy. Obesity 2012;20:457-459.

Levine MD, Marcus MD, Kalarchian MA, Houck PR, Cheng Y. (2010). The relationship of weight concerns and mood to postpartum smoking relapse. Amer J Prev Med, in press.

Kalarchian MA, Levine MD, Klem ML, Burke LE, Soulakova JN, Marcus MD. Impact of addressing reasons for weight loss on behavioral weight control outcome. Amer J Prev Med 2011;40:18-24

Levine MD, Kalarchian MA, Courcoulas AP, Wisinski MSC, Marcus MD. (2007). History of smoking and postcessation weight gain among weight loss surgery candidates. Addict Behav, 32, 2365-2371.

Levine MD, Marcus MD, Leon-Verdin M. (2008). Similarities in affect, perceived stress and weight concerns between black and white women who quit smoking during pregnancy. Nicotine Tob. Res, 10, 1543-1548.

Donny, E.C., Taylor, T.G., LeSage, M.G., Levin, M., Buffalari, D.M., Joel, D., Sved, A.F. (in press). The impact of tobacco regulation on animal research: new perspectives and opportunities. Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

Accepting Graduate Students