Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Andrea Hobkirk, PhD

Andrea Hobkirk, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

Dr. Andrea Hobkirk is the principal investigator of the Addictive Behaviors Lab in the Department of Psychiatry. Her lab’s mission is to better understand pathways between the brain and behavior that lead to the development and treatment of addiction.

She is working to uncover how pre-existing differences in stress, reward and executive control systems make some individuals more likely to develop an addiction when they first start using a drug, and how these same systems can be changed with intervention to alleviate addiction.

Although her lab studies many substances of abuse, her current projects are focused on how brain function changes as people develop and recover from nicotine addiction. She is specifically interested in how tobacco product features, like flavors, affect the development of nicotine addiction.

Her research studies collect data from participants through surveys, computer games, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and biomarkers such as blood, urine and saliva.

  • HIV
  • Methamphetamine
  • South Africa
  • Brain
  • Nicotine
  • Cocaine
  • Depression
  • Mindfulness
  • Tobacco Products
  • Research
  • Cannabis
  • Reward

Recent Publications


Yingst, JM, Foulds, J, Veldheer, S, Hrabovsky, S, Trushin, N, Eissenberg, TT, Williams, J, Richie, J, Nichols, TT, Wilson, S & Hobkirk, A 2019, 'Nicotine absorption during electronic cigarette use among regular users', PloS one, vol. 14, no. 7, e0220300.








Towe, SL, Hobkirk, A, Ye, DG & Meade, CS 2015, 'Adaptation of the Monetary Choice Questionnaire to Accommodat Extreme Monetary Discounting in Cocaine Users' Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 1048-1055.
Hobkirk, A, Watt, MH, Green, KT, Beckham, JC, Skinner, D & Meade, CS 2015, 'Mediators of interpersonal violence and drug addiction severity among methamphetamine users in Cape Town, South Africa', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 42, pp. 167-171.
Hobkirk, A, Towe, SL, Lion, R & Meade, CS 2015, 'Primary and Secondary HIV Prevention Among Persons with Severe Mental Illness: Recent Findings', Current HIV/AIDS Reports, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 406-412.

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