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John Monterosso

Associate Professor of Psychology

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-6982
Office: BCI 252
Office Hours: Wednesdays : 8am to 10am

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website


Ph.D. Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 12/1997
B.A. , Swarthmore College, 6/1992

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Asst Professor of Psychiatry, University of California at Los Angeles, 06/2002-06/2008  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

John Monterosso studies mechanisms underlying human self-control from the combined perspectives of behavioral economics and cognitive neuroscience (sometimes collectively referred to as “neuroeconomics”). He has co-authored 40 journal articles and book chapters. His research is currently supported through two R01 grants from the National Institute on Drug Addiction.

Research Specialties

behavioral economics, neuroimaging


Journal Article

Dean, A., Sevak, R., Monterosso, J. R., Hellemann, G., Sugar, C., London, E. (2011). Acute modafinil effects on attention and inhibitory control in methamphetamine-dependent humans. Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs. Vol. 72 (943)
London, E. D., Berman, S. M., Chakrapani, S., Delibasi, T., Monterosso, J. R., Erol, H. K., Paz-Filho, G. (2011). Short-Term Plasticity of Gray Matter Associated with Leptin Deficiency and Replacement. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Vol. 96 (E1212–E1220)
Luo, S., Ainslie, G., Pollini, D., Giragosian, L., Monterosso, J. R. (2011). Moderators of the association between brain activation and farsighted choice. NeuroImage.
Nestor, L. J., Ghahremani, D. G., Monterosso, J. R., London, E. D. (2011). Prefrontal hypoactivation during cognitive control in early abstinent methamphetamine-dependent subjects. Psychiatry Research Neuroimaging.
Xu, J., Monterosso, J. R., Kober, H., Balodis, I. M., Potenza, M. N. (2011). Perceptual Load-Dependent Neural Correlates of Distractor Interference Inhibition. PloS one. (e14552)
Luo, S., Ainslie, G., Giragosian, L., Monterosso (Senior/corresponding author), J. (2010). Striatal hyposensitivity to delayed rewards among cigarette smokers. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
Tabibnia, G., John, M., Russel, P., Edythe, L. (2010). Different forms of self-control share a neurocognitive substrate. Journal of Neuroscience.
Gharamani, D., Tabibnia, G., Monterosso, J., Poldrack, R., London, E. (2010). Effect of modafinil on learning and task-related brain activity in methamphetamine-dependent and healthy individuals. Neuropsychopharmacology.
Azizian, A., Monterosso, J., Nestor, L., Brody, A., Payer, D., London, E. (2010). Smoking reduces conflict-related anterior cingulate activity in abstinent cigarette smokers performing a stroop task. Neuropsychopharmacology. Vol. 35, pp. 775-782.
Monterosso, J., Luo, S. (2010). An argument against dual valuation system competition: cognitive capacities supporting future orientation mediate rather than compete with visceral motivations. Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics. Vol. 3 (1), pp. 1-14.
Simon, S. L., Dean, A. C., Cordova, X., Monterosso, J. R., London, E. D. (2010). Methamphetamine dependence and neuropsychological functioning: evaluating change during early abstinence. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Vol. 71 (3), pp. 335-344.
Ghahremani, D., Monterosso, J., Jentsch, D., Bilder, R., Poldrack, R. (2010). Neural components underlying behavioral flexibility in human reversal learning. Cerebral Cortex.
Brody, A. L., Mandelkern, M. A., Olmstead, R. E., Allen-Martinez, Z., Scheibal, D., Abrams, A. L., Costello, M. R., Farahi, J., Saxena, S., Monterosso, J., London, E. D. (2009). Ventral striatal dopamine release in response to smoking a regular vs a denicotinized cigarette. Neuropsychopharmacology. Vol. 34 (2), pp. 282-289.
Monterosso, J., Ainslie, G. (2009). The picoeconomic approach to addictions: analyzing the conflict of successive motivational states. Addiction Research and Theory. Vol. 17 (2), pp. 115-134.
Lee, B., London, E., Poldrack, R., Farahi, J., Nacca, A., Monterosso, J., Mumford, J., Bokarius, A., Dahlbom, M., Mukherjee, J., Bilder, R., Brody, A., Mandelkern, M. (2009). Striatal dopamine D2/D3 receptor availability is reduced in methamphetamine dependence and is linked to impulsivity. Journal of Neuroscience. Vol. 29 (47), pp. 14734-14740.
Luo, S., Giragosian, L., Ainslie, G., Monterosso, J. (2009). Behavioral and neural evidence of incentive bias for immediate rewards relative to preference-matched delayed rewards. Journal of Neuroscience. Vol. 14820-14827
Berman, S. M., Voytek, B., Mandelkern, M. A., Hassid, B. D., Isaacson, A., Monterosso, J. R., Miotto, K., Ling, W., London, E. D. (2008). Changes in cerebral glucose metabolism during early abstinence from chronic methamphetamine abuse. Mol Psychiatry. Vol. 13 (92007/10/17), pp. 897-908.
Brody, A. L., Mandelkern, M. A., Olmstead, R. E., Allen-Martinez, Z., Scheibal, D., Abrams, A. L., Costello, M. R., Farahi, J., Saxena, S., Monterosso, J. R., London, E. D. (2008). Ventral Striatal Dopamine Release in Response to Smoking a Regular vs a Denicotinized Cigarette. Neuropsychopharmacology. (2008/06/20)
Monterosso, J. R., Langleben, D. (2008). Homo Economicus’ Soul (commentary). Journal of Marketing Research. Vol. 45 (6), pp. 654-656.
Payer, D. E., Lieberman, M. D., Monterosso, J. R., Xu, J., Fong, T. W., London, E. D. (2008). Differences in cortical activity between methamphetamine-dependent and healthy individuals performing a facial affect matching task. Drug Alcohol Depend. Vol. 93 (1-22007/10/30), pp. 93-102.
Xu, J., Azizian, A., Monterosso, J. R., Domier, C. P., Brody, A. L., London, E. D., Fong, T. W. (2008). Gender effects on mood and cigarette craving during early abstinence and resumption of smoking. Nicotine Tob Res. Vol. 10 (112008/11/07), pp. 1653-61.
Baicy, K., London, E. D., Monterosso, J. R., Wong, M. L., Delibasi, T., Sharma, A., Licinio, J. (2007). Leptin replacement alters brain response to food cues in genetically leptin-deficient adults. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. Vol. 104 (462007/11/08), pp. 18276-9.
Brody, A. L., Mandelkern, M. A., Olmstead, R. E., Jou, J., Tiongson, E., Allen, V., Scheibal, D., London, E. D., Monterosso, J. R., Tiffany, S. T., Korb, A., Gan, J. J., Cohen, M. S. (2007). Neural substrates of resisting craving during cigarette cue exposure. Biol Psychiatry. Vol. 62 (62007/01/16), pp. 642-51.
Domier, C. P., Monterosso, J. R., Brody, A. L., Simon, S. L., Mendrek, A., Olmstead, R., Jarvik, M. E., Cohen, M. S., London, E. D. (2007). Effects of cigarette smoking and abstinence on Stroop task performance. Psychopharmacology (Berl). Vol. 195 (12007/07/20), pp. 1-9.
Monterosso, J. R., Ainslie, G. (2007). The behavioral economics of will in recovery from addiction. Drug Alcohol Depend. Vol. 90 Suppl 1 (2006/10/13), pp. S100-11.
Monterosso, J. R., Ainslie, G., Xu, J., Cordova, X., Domier, C. P., London, E. D. (2007). Frontoparietal cortical activity of methamphetamine-dependent and comparison subjects performing a delay discounting task. Hum Brain Mapp. Vol. 28 (52006/09/01), pp. 383-93.
Xu, J., Mendrek, A., Cohen, M. S., Monterosso, J. R., Simon, S., Jarvik, M., Olmstead, R., Brody, A. L., Ernst, M., London, E. D. (2007). Effect of cigarette smoking on prefrontal cortical function in nondeprived smokers performing the Stroop Task. Neuropsychopharmacology. Vol. 32 (62006/12/14), pp. 1421-8.
Langleben, D. D., Monterosso, J. R., Elman, I., Ash, B., Krikorian, G., Austin, G. (2006). Effect of methylphenidate on Stroop Color-Word task performance in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Psychiatry Res. Vol. 141 (32006/03/07), pp. 315-20.
Mendrek, A., Monterosso, J. R., Simon, S. L., Jarvik, M., Brody, A., Olmstead, R., Domier, C. P., Cohen, M. S., Ernst, M., London, E. D. (2006). Working memory in cigarette smokers: comparison to non-smokers and effects of abstinence. Addict Behav. Vol. 31 (52005/07/13), pp. 833-44.
Xu, J., Mendrek, A., Cohen, M. S., Monterosso, J. R., Simon, S., Brody, A. L., Jarvik, M., Rodriguez, P., Ernst, M., London, E. D. (2006). Effects of acute smoking on brain activity vary with abstinence in smokers performing the N-Back task: a preliminary study. Psychiatry Res. Vol. 148 (2-32006/11/08), pp. 103-9.
Baicy, K., Bearden, C. E., Monterosso, J. R., Brody, A. L., Isaacson, A. J., London, E. D. (2005). Common substrates of dysphoria in stimulant drug abuse and primary depression: therapeutic targets. Int Rev Neurobiol. Vol. 65 (2005/09/06), pp. 117-45.
London, E. D., Berman, S. M., Voytek, B., Simon, S. L., Mandelkern, M. A., Monterosso, J. R., Thompson, P. M., Brody, A. L., Geaga, J. A., Hong, M. S., Hayashi, K. M., Rawson, R. A., Ling, W. (2005). Cerebral metabolic dysfunction and impaired vigilance in recently abstinent methamphetamine abusers. Biol Psychiatry. Vol. 58 (102005/08/13), pp. 770-8.
Monterosso, J. R., Aron, A. R., Cordova, X., Xu, J., London, E. D. (2005). Deficits in response inhibition associated with chronic methamphetamine abuse. Drug Alcohol Depend. Vol. 79 (22005/06/22), pp. 273-7.
Sabini, J., Monterosso, J. R. (2005). Judgments of the fairness of using performance enhancing drugs. Ethics Behav. Vol. 15 (12005/09/01), pp. 81-94.
Voytek, B., Berman, S. M., Hassid, B. D., Simon, S. L., Mandelkern, M. A., Brody, A. L., Monterosso, J. R., Ling, W., London, E. D. (2005). Differences in regional brain metabolism associated with marijuana abuse in methamphetamine abusers. Synapse. Vol. 57 (22005/05/21), pp. 113-5.
Xu, J., Mendrek, A., Cohen, M. S., Monterosso, J. R., Rodriguez, P., Simon, S. L., Brody, A., Jarvik, M., Domier, C. P., Olmstead, R., Ernst, M., London, E. D. (2005). Brain activity in cigarette smokers performing a working memory task: effect of smoking abstinence. Biol Psychiatry. Vol. 58 (22005/07/26), pp. 143-50.
Ainslie, G., Monterosso, J. R. (2004). Behavior. A marketplace in the brain?. Science. Vol. 306 (56952004/10/16), pp. 421-3.
Bearden, C. E., van Erp, T. G., Monterosso, J. R., Simon, T. J., Glahn, D. C., Saleh, P. A., Hill, N. M., McDonald-McGinn, D. M., Zackai, E., Emanuel, B. S., Cannon, T. D. (2004). Regional brain abnormalities in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome: association with cognitive abilities and behavioral symptoms. Neurocase. Vol. 10 (32005/03/25), pp. 198-206.
Ainslie, G., Monterosso, J. R. (2003). Building blocks of self-control: increased tolerance for delay with bundled rewards. J Exp Anal Behav. Vol. 79 (12003/04/17), pp. 37-48.
Pettinati, H. M., Monterosso, J. R., Lipkin, C., Volpicelli, J. R. (2003). Patient attitudes toward treatment predict attendance in clinical pharmacotherapy trials of alcohol and drug treatment. Am J Addict. Vol. 12 (42003/09/25), pp. 324-35.
Ehrman, R. N., Robbins, S. J., Bromwell, M. A., Lankford, M. E., Monterosso, J. R., O'Brien, C. P. (2002). Comparing attentional bias to smoking cues in current smokers, former smokers, and non-smokers using a dot-probe task. Drug Alcohol Depend. Vol. 67 (22002/07/04), pp. 185-91.
Langleben, D. D., Acton, P. D., Austin, G., Elman, I., Krikorian, G., Monterosso, J. R., Portnoy, O., Ridlehuber, H. W., Strauss, H. W. (2002). Effects of methylphenidate discontinuation on cerebral blood flow in prepubescent boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. J Nucl Med. Vol. 43 (122002/12/07), pp. 1624-9.
Schwartz, B., Ward, A., Monterosso, J. R., Lyubomirsky, S., White, K., Lehman, D. R. (2002). Maximizing versus satisficing: happiness is a matter of choice. J Pers Soc Psychol. Vol. 83 (52002/11/06), pp. 1178-97.
Monterosso, J. R., Ehrman, R., Napier, K. L., O'Brien, C. P., Childress, A. R. (2001). Three decision-making tasks in cocaine-dependent patients: do they measure the same construct?. Addiction. Vol. 96 (122002/01/11), pp. 1825-37.
Monterosso, J. R., Flannery, B. A., Pettinati, H. M., Oslin, D. W., Rukstalis, M., O'Brien, C. P., Volpicelli, J. R. (2001). Predicting treatment response to naltrexone: the influence of craving and family history. Am J Addict. Vol. 10 (32001/10/03), pp. 258-68.
Volpicelli, J. R., Markman, I., Monterosso, J. R., Filing, J., O'Brien, C. P. (2000). Psychosocially enhanced treatment for cocaine-dependent mothers: evidence of efficacy. J Subst Abuse Treat. Vol. 18 (12000/01/15), pp. 41-9.
Monterosso, J. R., Ainslie, G. (1999). Beyond discounting: possible experimental models of impulse control. Psychopharmacology (Berl). Vol. 146 (41999/11/07), pp. 339-47.

Honors and Awards

USC GE Teaching Award (Cat 4, Science and its significance), 2008-2009   

Service to the University


Member, Neuroscience Undergraduate Major Executive Committee, 01/2011-  
Chair, Psychology Merit Review Committee, 2011-2012   
Chair, Search committee for behavioral economic / neuroeconomic tenure-track faculty member, 2009-2010   
Member, Executive Committee for Psychology Dept., 2008-2009   
Member, Merit Review Committee for Psychology Dept, 2008-2009   

Review Panels

NIH, I-START, 03/2011-04/2011  
NIH, B-START, 01/2011-02/2011  
NIH, BRLE, 10/2010-11/2010  

Service to the Profession

Review Panels

NIH, BRLE, 2009-2010   
NIH Review (ad hoc member), BBBP, 06/2009-07/2009  
NIH, Risk, Prevention and Intervention for Addictions, 07/2008  

Reviewer for Publication

Biological Psychiatry, ad hoc reviewer, 2010-2011   
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, ad hoc reviewer, 2010-2011   
Journal of Neuroscience, ad hoc reviewer, 2010-2011   
Neuroimage, ad hoc reviewer, 2010-2011   
Psychopharmacology, ad hoc reviewer, 2010-2011   
Addiction, Ad hoc reviewer, 2009-2010   
Biological Psychiatry, Ad hoc reviewer, 2009-2010   
Frontiers Neuroscience, Ad hoc reviewer, 2009-2010   
Journal of Neuroscience, Ad hoc reviewer, 2009-2010   
Psychological Science, ad hoc reviewer, 2009-2010   
Psychopharmacology, Ad hoc reviewer, 2009-2010   
Biological Psychology, ad hoc reviewer, 2007-2008   
Brain Research, ad hoc reviewer, 2007-2008   
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, ad hoc reviewer, 2007-2008   
Psychological Science, ad hoc reviewer, 2007-2008   
Psychopharmacology, ad hoc reviewer, 2007-2008   
Social and Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, ad hoc reviewer, 2007-2008   
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