Michele Levine, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Michele Levine, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. She received a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, and is an active teacher and researcher. Her main research area is the health and well-being of women, especially women who are pregnant or have just given birth.

Education & Training
PhD, University of Pittsburgh, School of Arts and Sciences, Clinical Psychology
Internal Medicine Residency, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, Clinical Psychology
General Medicine Fellowship, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, Psychology
Graduate Student Researcher Award, Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Obesity and Eating Disorders Special Interest Group
NIDA Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award Junior Scholar Award in Biobehavioral Health Research, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
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.