Rubin Khoddam PhD

Rubin Khoddam, Ph.D. is a clinical and research psychologist, current post-doctoral fellow at the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare System, and former scholar at the Elyn Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics Scholar at the University of Southern California. He received his PhD from the University of Southern California and has trained at the USC Psychology Department, Keck Medical School Department of Neurology, Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System, and Homeless Healthcare of Los Angeles. His broad clinical and research interests focuses on substance use prevention and intervention across the lifespan. He has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and have published approximately 20 articles within the substance use field, including in the following peer-reviewed journals: AddictionExperimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, and Alcohol and Drug Dependence. Dr. Khoddam works clinically with families, individuals, and homeless populations dealing with substance use issues. Between his research and clinical work, he also founded and writes for Psych Connection ( on a variety of topics that aim to connect scientific knowledge with popular beliefs of psychology in hopes of reducing mental health stigma while simultaneously increasing acceptance and motivation.

Rubin is a member of the Research Society on Alcoholism’s National Advocacy and Public Education Committee as well as the associated Government Affairs Committee. As a member of these groups, Rubin has had experience speaking in front of a variety of groups, including psychologists, medical professionals, and high school and college students on topics related to addiction.

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The Addiction Connection

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