Joy Schmitz, PhD, is the Louis A. Faillace Professor and Director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addiction (CNRA) in the Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. As the treatment clinic director for the CNRA, she has developed a longstanding research program on the development and evaluation of behavioral treatments and combinations of behavioral therapies and pharmacotherapies for substance use disorders. Her research has been continuously funded since 1995 and has resulted in over 120 publications. She has served on NIH study sections and special emphasis panels.  In addition, Schmitz is a founding member of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) and an Associate Editor for Nicotine & Tobacco Research (The journal of SRNT). She also serves as a member of the American Psychological Association and the College of Problems on Drug Dependence.

At UTHealth, Schmitz has been active on numerous committees, including the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects and the Neuroscience Research Center (NRC). She has an extensive record of training students at all levels, including psychology interns, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty, and has been the recipient of several mentoring awards, including the UTHealth President’s Award for Mentoring Women (2003) and the Women Faculty Forum Clinical Excellence Award (2016).


Doctoral Degree
Clinical Psychology, Auburn University
Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi Medical Center V.A. Medical Consortium

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

  • Addiction
  • Behavioral Therapies and Pharmacotherapies

Research Interests

  • Substance Abuse
  • Relapse Prevention