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Mustafa al'Absi, PhD

AppointmentFMCH Faculty Mustafa al'Absi, PhD, Photo



Duluth Medical Research Institute, Director
Medical Student Education - Duluth


Psychobiology of stress, pain, and addiction


PhD, University of Oklahoma

Bio Summary

Al’Absi has joint appointments in the departments of family medicine and behavioral sciences and directs the Duluth Medical Research Institute. He holds the Max E. and Mary LaDue Pickworth Chair. Al'Absi has been honored with several awards, including the ABMR Neal E. Miller Award and American Psychosomatic Society Herbert Weiner Early Career Award. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Sciences; has served in leadership positions within several scientific organizations and on several NIH panels; and is associate editor for Psychophysiology and on the editorial board of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Contact Information

236 SMED
1035 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

Current Grants

2012-17, NIH, co-investigator, "Smoking, Sex Hormones, and Pregnancy"

2010-14, NIH NIDA, PI, “Stress Response and Opioid Dysfunction in Nicotine Dependence”

2010-14, NIH/NIDA, PI, "Stress, Appetite and Smoking Relapse"

Recent Publications

Nakajima M, al'Absi M. Patterns of change in affect and adrenocortical activity over an extended period of smoking abstinence. Psychol Addict Behav. 2013;27(4):1189-95.

Allen AM, al'Absi M, Lando H, Hatsukami D, Allen SS. Menstrual phase, depressive symptoms, and allopregnanolone during short-term smoking cessation. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2013;21(6):427-33.

Allen SS, Allen AM, Kotlyar M, Lunos S, al'Absi M, Hatsukami DK. Menstrual phase and depressive symptoms difference in physiological response to nicotine following acute smoking abstinence. Nicotine Tob Res. 2013;15(6):1091-8.

Nakajima M, al’Absi M. Predictors for smoking relapse in men and women: a prospective examination. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 2012;26(3):633-7.

Nakajima M, al’Absi M. Enhanced pain perception prior to smoking cessation is associated with early relapse. Biological Psychology. 2011;88(1):141-6.


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