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John Roll, PhD

Professor and Vice Dean for Research
Associate Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives, WSU Health Sciences

Funded Research

  • Behavioral Health Collaborative for Rural American Indian Communities
  • Clinical Trials Network: Pacific Northwest Node
  • Program of Excellence in Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Washington State University Center for the Study of Addiction: Methamphetamine, Prescription, and Other Drugs of Abuse

Additional Information

John Roll earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Montana, a Master of Arts degree from Saint Bonaventure University, and a PhD from Washington State University. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Pharmacology at the University of Vermont and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Substance Abuse Research at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. He has served as a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at Wayne State University, Director of Behavioral Pharmacology in UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, Director of the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training,  Associate Dean for Research in the Washington State University (WSU) College of Nursing, Associate Vice Provost for Health Sciences at WSU, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research at the WSU Health Sciences Campus, and Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research. He is currently Professor and Vice Dean for Research in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, as well as the Associate Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives within WSU Health Sciences. He is the Founding Director of the WSU Program of Excellence in Addictions Research and is the Director of the WSU Translational Addiction Research Collaborative. Dr. Roll also founded the Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Center.

Dr. Roll holds faculty appointments in the WSU Departments of Medicine, Psychology, Neuroscience, Nursing, Prevention Science, Nutrition Exercise and Physiology and Health Policy Administration.  He was appointed by Washington State Governor Gregoire as a Vice Chair of the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse and as an Executive Commissioner on the Eastern State Hospital Advisory Board. Dr. Roll has served on review committees for various agencies including the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Roll is a Fellow of the following organizations: American Psychological Association, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Association for Psychological Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is an elected member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. He has published more than 160 scholarly articles which have been cited more than 6,370 times. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Applied Behavioral Research Award from the American Psychological Association. He has been a mentor to many graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty. Dr. Roll serves, or has recently served, on the following Boards: Northwest Association for Biomedical Research, Spokane Regional Health District Community Health Assessment Board, Better Health Together Leadership Council, and the Bree Collaborative on Opioid Use Treatment Group. He also serves on local civic, educational, and business development boards. He is currently a member of SAMHSA’s “Stimulant Technical Expert Panel” which is revising treatment guidelines for stimulant addiction. He is also a member of SAMHSA’s Mental Health and Addiction Technology Transfer Center’s Boards.


Hendryx M, Trusevich Y, Coyle F, Short R, Roll J. (2010).  The distribution and frequency of seclusion and/or restraint among psychiatric inpatients.  Journal of Behavioral Health Services Research.

Roll, J., Rawson, R., Ling, W. & Shoptaw, S. (Eds.) (2009).  Methamphetamine Addiction: From Basic Science to Treatment. Guilford Publishing.

Roll, J.M., Reilly, M.P., Chudzynski, J., Mercado, P. (2009).  Modulating the Reinforcing effects of alcohol in humans. Psychological Record.

Roll, J. M., Madden G. J., Rawson, R., & Petry, N. M. (2009).  Facilitating the Adoption of Contingency Management for the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders.  Behavior Analysis in Practice.

Roll, J. M., Howard, J. (2008). Economic gain versus economic loss:  Role of reinforcer valence in initiating abstinence.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Petry, N. M., Roll, J. M., Rounsaville, B., Ball, S., Stitzer, M., Peirce, J. M., Blaine, J.,  Kirby, K., McCarty, D., Carroll, K. (2008).  Serious adverse events in randomized psychosocial treatment studies: Safety or Arbitrary Edicts?  Journal of Consulting and  Clinical Psychology.

Roll, JM (2007) Contingency-Management:  An Evidence-Based Component of Methamphetamine Use Disorder Treatments.  Addiction.

Heinzerling, K., Shoptaw, S., Peck, J., Yang, X., Liu, J., Roll, J., & Ling, W. (2006). Randomized, placebo-controlled trial of baclofen and gabapentin for the treatment of methamphetamine dependence.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Prendergast, M., Podus, D., Finney, J., Greenwell, L., & Roll, John (2006).  Contingency management for treatment of substance use disorders:  A meta-analysis.  Addiction.

 John Roll
John Roll, PhD
Professor and Vice Dean for Research
Associate Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives, WSU Health Sciences