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Mary-Lynn Brecht, PhD
Adjunct Professor

Phone: (310) 267-5275
E-mail: lbrecht@sonnet.ucla.edu

Faculty Research and Clinical Expertise

Research: Current projects focus on patterns and correlates of methamphetamine (meth) use; treatment outcomes and HIV risk behaviors for meth users; and the application of longitudinal statistical methods to substance abuse and health research. Past projects have included needs assessment (for substance abuse treatment, for training among service providers related to problem gambling), evaluation of treatment for drug abuse, substance use prevalence estimation, community indicators of drug abuse problems.
Statistical expertise: multivariate statistical methods, especially for longitudinal studies 


203b (W12)


Stanford University, BS, Statistics
Stanford University, MA, Education
UCLA, PhD, Research Methods (Education)

Professional Activities

Member, College on Problems of Drug Dependence
Member, American Statistical Association,
Member/participant, NIDA Community Epidemiology Work Group

Publications (Recent)

Bolanos, F., Herbeck, D., Christou, D., Lovinger, K., Pham, A., Raihan, A., Rodriguez, L., Sheaff, P., & Brecht, M.-L. (2012). Using facebook to maximize follow-up response rates in a longitudinal study of adults who use methamphetamine. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, 6, 1-11.

Herbeck, D., Brecht, M.-L., & Pham, A. (2012). Racial/ethnic differences in health status and morbidity among adults who use methamphetamine. Psychology, Health, & Medicine, DOI:10.1080/13548506.2012.701754

Maxwell, J. & Brecht, M.-L. (2011) Methamphetamine: here we go again? Addictive Behaviors 36, 1168-73

Fong, T., Campos, M., Brecht, M.-L., Davis, A., Marco, A., Pecanha, V., & Rosenthal, R. (2011) Problem and pathological gambling in a sample of casino patrons. Journal of Gambling Studies, 27, 35-47.

Gonzales, R., Brecht, M.-L., Mooney, L., & Rawson, R. (2011) Prescription and over the counter drug treatment admissions to the California public treatment system. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 40, 224-229.

Fong, T., Campos, M., Rosenthal, R., Brecht, M.-L., Schwartz, B., & Chung, B. (2010) Problem gambling knowledge and perceived community impact between Asian-Pacific Islanders and Non Asian-Pacific Islanders. Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health, 12, 173-178.

Rawson, R., Gonzales, R., Crevecoeur-MacPhail, D., Urada, D., Brecht, M.-L., Chalk, M., Kemp, J., & Cunningham, M. (2010) Improving the accountability of California's public substance abuse treatment system through the implementation of performance models. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, SARC Supplement 6, September, 211-214.

Liang, L.-J., Huang, D., Brecht, M.-L., & Hser, Y.-I. (2010) Differences in mortality among heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine users: A hierarchical Bayesian approach.  Journal of Drug Issues, 40, 121-140.

Huang, D., Brecht, M.-L., Hara, M., & Hser, Y.-H. (2010) Influence of covariates on growth mixture modeling. Journal of Drug Issues, 40, 173-194.

Brecht, M.-L., Huang, D., & Hser, Y.-H. (2010) Introduction to the special issue on "Approaches and issues in longitudinal analysis of substance use and related behaviors." Journal of Drug Issues, 40, 1-6.

Murphy, D., Hser, Y.-I., Huang, D., Brecht, M.-L., & Herbeck, D. (2010) Self-report of longitudinal substance use: comparison of the UCLA Natural History Interview and the Addiction Severity Index. Journal of Drug Issues, 40, 495-516.

Murphy, D., Brecht, M.-L., Herbeck, D., & Huang, D. (2009) Trajectories of HIV risk behavior from age 15-25 in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth sample. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38(9), 1226-1239.

Brecht, M.-L., Stein, J., Murphy, D., Evans, L., & Longshore. D. (2009) Predictors of intention to change HIV sexual and injection risk behaviors among heterosexual methamphetamine-using offenders in drug treatment: A Test of the AIDS Risk Reduction Model. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 36, 247-266. PMID: 18214688

Berg, J., Brecht, M.-L., Morphew, T., Tichacek, M., Chowdhury, Y., & Galant, S. (2009) Identifying Preschool Children with Asthma in Orange County. Journal of Asthma., 46(5), 460-464. PMID: 19544165

Burlew, A.K., Feaster, D., Brecht, M.-L., & Hubbard, R. (2009) Measurement and data analysis in research addressing health disparities in substance abuse. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 36(1), 25-43.  PMID: 18550320

Hser, Y.-I., Evans, E., Huang, D., Brecht, M.-L. & Li, L. (2008) Comparing the dynamic course of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine use over 10 years. Addictive Behaviors, 33(12), 1581-1589.

O'Brien, A., Brecht, M.-L., & Casey, Conerly. (2008) Narratives of methamphetamine abuse: a qualitative exploration of the development of methamphetamine abuse as it relates to social, psychological, and emotional experiences. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 8(3), 343-366.

Hser, Y.-I., Huang, D., Brecht, M.-L., Li, L., & Evans, E. (2008) Contrasting trajectories of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine use. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 27(3), 13-21.

Murphy, D. A., Greenwell, L., Resell, J., Brecht, M.-L., & Schuster, M. (2008) Early and middle adolescents' autonomy development: Impact of maternal HIV/AIDS. Clinical Child Psychology & Psychiatry. 13, 253-277.

Brecht, M.-L., Huang, D., Evans, E., & Hser, Y.-I. (2008) Polydrug use and implications for longitudinal research: ten-year trajectories for heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine users. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. NIHMSID #57388. 96(3), 193-201.

Murphy, D., Brecht, M.L., Herbeck, D., Evans, E., Huang, D., & Hser, Y.-I. (2008) Longitudinal HIV risk behavior among the Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Study (DATOS) Adult Sample. Evaluation Review. 32(1), 83-112.

Christian, D., Huber, A., Brecht, M.-L., McCann, M., Marinelli-Casey, P., Lord, R., Reiber, C., Lu, T. The Methamphetamine Project, Galloway, G. (2007) Methamphetamine users entering treatment: characteristics of the methamphetamine treatment project sample. Substance Use and Misuse. 42(14), 2207-2222.

Anglin, M. D., Urada, D., Brecht, M.-L., Hawken, A., Rawson, R., & Longshore, D. (2007) Treatment admissions for methamphetamine use in California: a focus on SACPA (Proposition 36). Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. SARC Supplement 4, 367-382.

Isralowitz, R., Reznik, A., Spear, S., Brecht, M.-L., & Rawson, R. (2007) Severity of heroin use in Israel: Comparisons between native Israelis and former Soviet Union immigrants. Addiction 102, 630-637.

Brecht, M.-L., Greenwell, L. & Anglin, M. D. (2007) Substance Use Pathways to Methamphetamine Use Among Treated Users. Addictive Behaviors, 32, 24-38.

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