Robert Leeman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Health Education & Behavior

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Substance Abuse, Yale School of Medicine (2007)
  • Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Pennsylvania (2005)
  • M.A. in Psychology, University of Pennsylvania (2002)
  • B.A. in Psychology and Screen Studies, Clark University (1998)

Leeman CV

Contact Info

FLG 14
P.O. Box 118210
Gainesville, FL 32611-8210
(352) 294-1808 |


Robert F. Leeman, Ph.D. joined the faculty in the Department of Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida in 2015. His primary research interest is in relationships between various difficulties with self-control and addictive behaviors, particularly alcohol, tobacco and cocaine/opioid co-use. He has particular interests in impaired control over alcohol use (i.e., difficulty adhering to limits on use), disinhibition/impulsivity and cognitive biases. Using human laboratory, survey and randomized controlled trial methods, Dr. Leeman tests novel interventions and attempts to learn more about risk factors for problem substance use, particularly in adolescent and young adult populations.

Before coming to UF, Dr. Leeman was at the Yale School of Medicine for a decade, first as a post-doctoral fellow and then as a faculty member. Concurrent with his faculty appointment at Yale, he joined the VA MIRECC as a Research Scientist in 2012. Dr. Leeman received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and a B.A. in Psychology and Screen Studies from Clark University in 1998.

Dr. Leeman was awarded a K01 from NIAAA in 2010, a grant from the ABMRF/the Foundation for Alcohol Research in 2012 and was a recipient of a clinical research loan repayment award from NIAAA from 2006-2012. He held an F31 individual, predoctoral National Research Recognition Award from NIAAA from 2003-2005 and was a 2006 recipient of an Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism, in addition to several other travel and young investigator awards.

Research Interests

  • Relationships between difficulties with self-control and addictive behaviors
  • Novel interventions for addictive behaviors
  • Cognitive biases underlying addictive behaviors
  • Adolescent and young adult populations
  • Human laboratory methods