Michele Levine, Ph.D.


Suite 606, Iroquois Building

Pittsburgh, PA 15213



(412) 647-0703


(412) 647-2429

Research Interests

Health behavior change, particularly weight and smoking-related behaviors during and after pregnancy.


Accepting Graduate Students: Yes

Graduate Student Advisees

  • Emery, Rebecca


  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh


  • 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


  • Publication 624

    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.

  • Publication 622

    Levine MD. (2008). Womens interest in treatment to stay abstinent from cigarettes postpartum. Womens Health Issues, 18, 381-386.

  • Publication 734

    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

  • Publication 733

    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.

  • Publication 795

    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.

  • Publication 798

    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.

  • Publication 892

    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.

  • Publication 801

    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.

  • Publication 800

    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

  • Publication 625

    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.

  • Publication 623

    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.

  • Publication 968

    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.