Robert F. Leeman, Ph.D.

Contact Information

College of Health and Human Performance
Department of Health Education and Behavior
FLG 14, P.O. Box 118210
Gainesville, FL 32611-8210
Phone: (352) 294-1808
Laboratory: Yon Hall, East End, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium


Associate Professor, Department of Health Education and Behavior, College of Health and Human Performance.

Research Summary

Dr. Leeman’s primary research interests are in the relationships between various difficulties with self-control and addictive behaviors, particularly alcohol, tobacco and cocaine/opioid co-use.


BA: Clark University
MA & Ph.D.: University of Pennsylvania
Postdoc: Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Substance Abuse, Primary Mentor–Dr. Stephanie O’Malley

Current Research

Dr. Leeman’s current research interests concern young adult alcohol use and cocaine/opioid co-use. Regarding young adult alcohol use, he is particularly interested in associations between alcohol use and difficulties with self-control. An example of this is impaired control over alcohol use, which is the difficulty that some drinkers have with adhering to limits they have placed on their alcohol consumption. Dr. Leeman and his colleagues have developed a novel human laboratory paradigm to model impaired control (Leeman et al., 2013). One current use of this paradigm is to test a procedure to correct cognitive bias underlying frequent alcohol use. In another recent line of research, he and his colleagues are testing a different cognitive bias retraining procedure for opioid-maintained cocaine users. They have also adapted, for use in the United States, a very brief (10 minutes or less), web-based alcohol reduction intervention for undergraduates that has been utilized successfully in Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Leeman is also involved in several collaborative projects aimed at predicting risk of problem substance use, primarily among adolescents and young adults.

Recent Publications

Leeman, R. F., O’Malley, S. S., White, M. A., & McKee, S. A. (2010). Nicotine and food deprivation decrease the ability to resist smoking. Psychopharmacology, 212, 25-32

Leeman, R. F., Corbin, W. R., Nogueira, C., Krishnan-Sarin, S., Potenza, M. N., & O’Malley, S. S. (2013). A human alcohol self-administration paradigm to model individual differences in impaired control over alcohol use. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 21, 303-314.

Leeman, R. F., Beseler, C. L., Helms, C. M., Patock-Peckham, J. A., Wakeling, V. A., & Kahler, C. W. (2014). A brief, critical review of research on impaired control over alcohol use and suggestions for future studies. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38, 301-308.

Leeman, R. F., Hoff, R. A., Krishnan-Sarin, S., Patock-Peckham, J. A., & Potenza, M. N. (2014). Impulsivity, sensation seeking and part-time job status in relation to substance use and gambling in adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54, 460-466.

Leeman, R. F., Raleveski, E., Limoncelli, D., Pittman, B. P., O’Malley, S. S., & Petrakis, I. L. (2014). Relationships between impulsivity and subjective response in an IV ethanol paradigm. Psychopharmacology, 231, 2867-2876.

O’Malley, S. S., Corbin, W. R., Leeman, R. F., DeMartini, K. S., Fucito, L. M., Ikomi, J., Romano, D. M., Wu, R., Toll, B. A., Sher, K. J., Gueorguieva, R., & Kranzler, H. R. (2015). Reduction of alcohol drinking in young adults by naltrexone: A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial of efficacy and safety. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 76, e207-e213.