Timothy Wayne Fong, M.D.

Mailing Address:
760 Westwood Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Research Interests

Addiction and Mental Health

Gambling Disorder

Cannabis Research



Dr. Fong is a Professor of Psychiatry, board-certified in Addiction Psychiatry, at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.   


He is the director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, a one-year program that provides clinical training in the management of addictive disorders. 


He is also the co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program.   The purpose of this program is to examine the underlying causes and clinical characteristics of gambling disorder in order to develop effective, evidence-based treatment strategies.    


Finally, he is a member of the Steering Committee to the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, a multidisciplinary effort to examine the full impact of cannabis on the body, mind and brain. 


A selected list of publications:

Fong Timothy W, Reid Rory C, Parhami Iman   Behavioral addictions: where to draw the lines? The Psychiatric clinics of North America, 2012; 35(2): 279-96.
Fink Arlene, Parhami Iman, Rosenthal Richard J, Campos Michael D, Siani Aaron, Fong Timothy W   How Transparent is Behavioral Intervention Research on Pathological Gambling and Other Gambling-Related Disorders? A Systematic Literature Review Addiction (Abingdon, England), 2012; 35(2): .
Parhami Iman, Davtian Margarit, Collard Michael, Lopez Jean, Fong Timothy W   A Preliminary 6-Month Prospective Study Examining Self-reported Religious Preference, Religiosity/Spirituality, and Retention at a Jewish Residential Treatment Center for Substance-Related Disorders The journal of behavioral health services & research, 2012; 35(2): .
Parhami Iman, Siani Aaron, Rosenthal Richard J, Fong Timothy W   Pathological Gambling, Problem Gambling and Sleep Complaints: An Analysis of the National Comorbidity Survey: Replication (NCS-R) Journal of gambling studies / co-sponsored by the National Council on Problem Gambling and Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming, 2012; 35(2): .
Parhami Iman, Hyman Mark, Siani Aaron, Lin Stephanie, Collard Michael, Garcia Johnny, Casaus Laurie, Tsuang John, Fong Timothy W   Screening for addictive disorders within a workers' compensation clinic: an exploratory study Substance use & misuse, 2012; 47(1): 99-107.
Parhami Iman, Siani Aaron, Rosenthal Richard J, Lin Stephanie, Collard Michael, Fong Timothy W   Sleep and gambling severity in a community sample of gamblers Journal of addictive diseases, 2012; 31(1): 67-79.
Reid Rory C, Carpenter Bruce N, Fong Timothy W   Neuroscience research fails to support claims that excessive pornography consumption causes brain damage Surgical neurology international, 2011; 2(1): 64.
Fong Timothy W, Campos Michael D, Brecht Mary-Lynn, Davis Alice, Marco Adrienne, Pecanha Viviane, Rosenthal Richard J   Problem and pathological gambling in a sample of casino patrons Journal of gambling studies / co-sponsored by the National Council on Problem Gambling and Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming, 2011; 27(1): 35-47.
Xu Jiansong, Azizian Allen, Monterosso John, Domier Catherine P, Brody Arthur L, Fong Timothy W, London Edythe D   Gender effects on mood and cigarette craving during early abstinence and resumption of smoking Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 2008; 10(11): 1653-61.
Payer Doris E, Lieberman Matthew D, Monterosso John R, Xu Jiansong, Fong Timothy W, London Edythe D   Differences in cortical activity between methamphetamine-dependent and healthy individuals performing a facial affect matching task Drug and alcohol dependence, 2008; 93(1-2): 93-102.
Fong Timothy W, Tsuang John   Asian-americans, addictions, and barriers to treatment Psychiatry (Edgmont (Pa. : Township)), 2007; 4(11): 51-9.
Fong Timothy W   Understanding and managing compulsive sexual behaviors Psychiatry (Edgmont (Pa. : Township)), 2006; 3(11): 51-8.
Fong Timothy W, De La Garza Richard, Newton Thomas F   A case report of topiramate in the treatment of nonparaphilic sexual addiction Journal of clinical psychopharmacology, 2005; 25(5): 512-4.
Fong Timothy W   Types of psychotherapy for pathological gamblers Psychiatry (Edgmont (Pa. : Township)), 2005; 2(5): 32-9.
Fong Timothy W   The vulnerable faces of pathological gambling Psychiatry (Edgmont (Pa. : Township)), 2005; 2(4): 34-42.
Fong Timothy W   The biopsychosocial consequences of pathological gambling Psychiatry (Edgmont (Pa. : Township)), 2005; 2(3): 22-30.
Tsuang John, Fong Timothy W   Treatment of patients with schizophrenia and substance abuse disorders Current pharmaceutical design, 2004; 10(18): 2249-61.