John Monterosso

Associate Professor of Psychology

Contact Information
E-mail: johnrmon@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-6982
Office: HNB 117
Office Hours: Wednesdays : 8am to 10am

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website


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

  • 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   

  • Department of Psychology
  • University of Southern California
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