Dr. Stotts is a Professor and Vice Chair for Research as well as the Director of the Behavioral Health and Addiction Research Program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She holds a cross-appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences as well as an appointment in the Center for Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Medicine.

She has established a long-standing research program specializing in the development and evaluation of behavioral and pharmacological treatments for substance use disorders, with special emphasis on maternal and child populations. She has conducted pioneering work testing interventions to reduce secondhand smoke exposure with families who have an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Dr. Stotts has been continuously funded since 2000 and has served on NIH study sections and special emphasis panels. She is also a Co-Investigator on the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Clinical Trials Network for the Texas Node. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Addiction and a member of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, as well the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine.

At UTHealth Houston, Dr. Stotts has served on multiple committees, as well as the Faculty Senate, and has mentored numerous faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, residents, graduate students, and medical students. She has been the recipient of the UTHealth Houston President’s Award for Mentoring Women (1999) and the Distinguished Professional Woman Award (2015).

Board Certification

Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP)


Doctorate of Philosophy
Clinical Psychology, University of Houston, Houston, TX 1996
Masters of Arts
Clinical Psychology, Mankato State University, Mankato, MN 1989