The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


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F. Gerard Moeller, M.D.



F. Gerard Moeller, M.D., Louis A. Faillace Professor of Psychiatry, is Director of the UT Houston Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addictions (CNRA). Dr. Moeller has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to do clinical research on addictions since 1996 and is a recipient of a NIDA Indipendent Scientist Award (K02). Dr. Moeller has over 110 peer-reviewed publications, primarily in addictions and related disorders. He is Principal Investigator for the Substance Abuse Medication Develpment Research Center (P50 DA009262), which was renewed for an additional 5 years in August 2010.

Dr. Moeller is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and has extensive clinical experience in the treatment of drug and alcohol addictions. He is the Medical Director of the treatment research clinic in the CNRA, where hundreds of patients have participated in clinical treatment studies for opiate, cocaine, alcohol and nicotine dependence.

Dr. Moeller is an adjoint faculty member at the Department of NanoMedicine and Biomedical Engineering at UTHealth and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology at UTMB Health.


University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, B.A., Liberal Arts, 1981        

University of Texas Health Science Center At Houston, M.D.,1985             

University of California-San Diego, Post Doc, Clinical Psychopharmacology, 1988                 

Clinical and Research Interests:

Addictions and related behavioral problems, including impulsivity and decision-making.

Medication development for addictions.

Treatment of addictions using combined behavioral and pharmacotherapy.

Publications (selected):

  • Moeller, F.G., Dougherty, D.M., Rustin, T., Swann, A.C., Allen T., Shah, N., and Cherek, D.R. Antisocial personality disorder and aggression in recently abstinent cocaine dependent subjects. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 44:175-182, 1997
  • Allen, T.J., Moeller, F.G., Rhoades, H.M., Cherek, D.R. Subjects with a history of drug dependence are more aggressive that subjects with no drug use history. Drug and Alcohol Dependence  Jun 6;46(1-2):95-103, 1997
  • Allen, T.J., Moeller, F.G., Rhoades, H.M., Cherek, D.R. Impulsivity and history of drug dependence. Drug and  Alcohol Dependence 50:137-145, 1998
  • Moeller, F.G., Dougherty, D.M., Lane, S.D., Steinberg, J.L., Cherek, D.M. Antisocial Personality and Alcohol Induced Aggression. Alcohol Clinical and Experimental Research 22:1898-902, 1998
  • Bjork, J.M., Dougherty, D.M., Moeller, F.G., Swann, A.C. Differential behavioral effects of plasma tryptophan depletion and loading in aggressive and non-aggressive men. Neuropsychopharmacology 22: 357-69, 2000
  • Grabowski, J., Rhoades, H., Schmitz, J., Stotts, A., Daruzska, L.A., Creson, D., Moeller, F.G. dextro-Amphetamine for cocaine dependence treatment: a double blind randomized clinical trial. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology 21:522-6, 2001.
  • Moeller, F.G., Barratt, E.S., Dougherty, D.M., Schmitz, J.M., Swann, A.C. Psychiatric aspects of impulsivity. American Journal of Psychiatry 158:1783-1793, 2001
  • Moeller, F.G., Dougherty, D.M., Barratt, E.S., Schmitz, J.M., Swann, A.C., Grabowski, J. The impact of impulsivity on cocaine use and retention in treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 21:193-198, 2001.
  • Bjork, J.M., Moeller, F.G., Dougherty, D.M., Swann, A.C., Machado, M.A., Hanis, C.L. The serotonin 2a receptor T102C polymorphism and impaired impulse control. American Journal of Medical Genetics (Neuropsychiatric Genetics) 114:336-339, 2002.
  • Marsh, D.M., Dougherty, D.M., Moeller, F.G., Swann, A.C., Spiga, R. Laboratory-measured Aggressive Behavior of Women: Acute Tryptophan Depletion and Augmentation. Neuropsychopharmacology 226:660-71, 2002.
  • Moeller, F.G., Dougherty, D.M., Barratt, E.S., Oderinde, V. Mathias, C.W., Harper, R.A., Swann, A.C. Increased impulsivity in cocaine dependent subjects independent of antisocial personality disorder and aggression. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 68:105-111, 2002.
  • Grabowski, J., Rhoades, H., Stotts, A.,  Cowan, K., Kopecky, C., Dougherty, A., Moeller, F.G., Hassan, S., Schmitz, J. Agonist-like or Antagonist-like Treatment for Cocaine Dependence with Methadone  for Heroin Dependence: Two Double Blind Randomized Clinical Trials. Neuropsychopharmacology 29: 969-81, 2004.
  • Mooney, M.E., Schmitz, J.M., Moeller, F.G., Grabowski, J. Safety, tolerability, and efficacy of Levodopa-Carbidopa for cocaine dependence: Two double-blind randomized clinical trials. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2007; 88:214-223.
  • Moeller, F.G., Hasan, K.M., Steinberg, J.L., Kramer, L.A., Valdes, I., Lai, L.Y., Swann, A.C., Naryana, P.A. Diffusion Tensor Imaging Eigenvalues: Preliminary Evidence for Altered Myelin in Cocaine Dependence. Psychiatry Research Neuroimaging 154(3):253-8, 2007. 80.     
  • Moeller, F.G., Schmitz, J.M., Steinberg, J.L., Green, C.M., Reist, C., Lai, L.Y., Swann, A.C., Grabowski, J. Citalopram combined with behavioral therapy reduces cocaine use: A double-blind placebo controlled trial. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 2007;33(3):367-78.
  • Lane S.D., Moeller, F.G., Steinberg, J.L., Buzby, M., Kosten, T.R. Performance of cocaine dependent individuals and controls on a response inhibition task with varying levels of difficulty. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2007;33(5):717-26.
  • Moeller, F.G., Steinberg, J.L., Hasan, K.M., Lane, S.D., Kramer, L.A., Buzby, M., Swann, A.C., Narayana, P.A. Diffusion Tensor Imaging in MDMA Users and Controls: Association with Decision Making. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. 2007; 33(6):777-89.
  • Schmitz, J.M., Mooney, M.E., Moeller, F.G., Stotts, A.L., Green, C., Grabowski, J.:  Levodopa Pharmacotherapy for Cocaine Dependence:  Choosing the Optimal Behavioral Therapy Platform.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2008 Apr 1;94(1-3):142-50.
  •  Narayana, P.A., Ahobila-Vajjula, P., Ramu, J., Herrera, J., Steinberg, J.L., Moeller, F.G. Diffusion tensor imaging of cocaine treated rodents. Psychiatry Research Neuroimaging (in press).
  • Moeller, F.G., Schmitz, J.M., Herin, D., Kjome, K.L. Use of stimulants to treat cocaine and methamphetamine abuse. Current Psychiatry Reports (In Press)


Faculty Biography

  • F. Gerard Moeller, M.D.
  • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • University of Texas-Houston Medical School
    1941 East Rd
    Houston, Texas 77054
  • phone: (713) 486-2858
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