Dana A Cavallo, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Public Health Interests

Adolescent Health; Behavioral Health; Smoking/Tobacco Control; Substance abuse

Research Organizations

Addictions, Division of

Connecticut Mental Health Center

Psychotherapy Development Center

Tobacco Research in Youth (TRY)

Research Summary

My research is focused on developing the optimal smoking cessation program for adolescent smokers, with an emphasis on the factors that maintain smoking behavior, such as weight concerns and other drug use.

Extensive Research Description


  • Development of a novel high school based tobacco cessation intervention for adolescent smokers using behavioral techniques and pharmacotherapy.
  • Development of a novel incentive based smoking cessation and prevention program for high school and middle school students.
  • Development of a novel marijuana prevention and cessation program for adolescents
  • Selected Publications

    • Schepis, T.S., Desai, R.A., Cavallo, D.A., Smith, A.E., McFetridge, A., Liss, T.B., Potenza, M.N., & Krishnan-Sarin, K. (2011). Gender differences in adolescent marijuana use and associated psychosocial characteristics. Journal of Addiction M
    • Cavallo, D.A., Nich, C., Schepis, T.S., Smith, A.E., Liss, T.B., McFetridge, A.K., & Krishnan- Sarin, S. (2010). Preliminary examination of adolescent spending in a Contingency Management based smoking cessation program. Journal of Child and Adolescent S
    • Cavallo, D.A., Smith, A.E., Schepis, T.S., Desai, R.A., Potenza, M.N., & Krishnan-Sarin, S. (2010). Smoking expectancies, weight concerns, and dietary behaviors in adolescence. Pediatrics, 126, e66-72.
    • Krishnan-Sarin, S., Reynolds, B., Duhig, A.M., Smith, A., Liss, T., McFetridge, A., Cavallo, D.A., Carroll, K.M., & Potenza, M. (2007). Behavioral impulsivity predicts treatment outcome in a smoking cessation program for adolescent smokers.
    • Cavallo, D.A., Cooney, J.L., Duhig, A.M., Smith, A.E., Liss, T.B., McFetridge, A.K., Babuscio, T., Nich, C., Carroll, K.M., Rounsaville, B.J., & Krishnan-Sarin, S. (2007). Combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Contingency Management
    • Krishnan-Sarin, S., Duhig, A.M., McKee, S., McMahon, T.J., Liss, T., McFetridge, A., Cavallo, D.A. (2006). Contingency management for smoking cessation in adolescent smokers. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 14, 306-310.

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    Contact Info

    Dana A Cavallo, PhD
    Office Location
    Connecticut Mental Health Center
    34 Park Street, Ste S214

    New Haven, CT 06519
    Mailing Address
    Department of PsychiatryCMHC
    34 Park Street, S-214

    New Haven, CT 06519

    Curriculum Vitae

    Tobacco Research in Youth