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Bethea AnnaLouise Kleykamp, PhD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:


Additional Title:

Director, Research and Evaluation, Maryland Addiction Consultation Service ( and Affiliated Faculty, The University of Maryland Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (UM-OAIC)

Education and Training

BS, University of Mary Washington (1998-2001)

MA, Wake Forest University, Psychology (2001-2003)

PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University, Experimental Psychology, (2003-2007)

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, (2007-2010)

Postdocotral Fellowship, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Nicotine Psychopharmacology (2010-2011)

Research/Clinical Keywords

addiction, tobacco, nicotine, opioids, aging, older adults, systematic review, evidence-based medicine

Highlighted Publications

  1. Kleykamp BA, Jennings JM, Eissenberg T. Effects of transdermal nicotine and concurrent smoking on cognitive performance in tobacco-abstinent smokers. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. Feb 2011;19(1):75-84. doi:10.1037/a0022417
  2. Kleykamp BA, Griffiths RR, Mintzer MZ. Dose effects of triazolam and alcohol on cognitive performance in healthy volunteers. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. Feb 2010;18(1):1-16. doi:10.1037/a0018407
  3. Kleykamp BA, Heishman SJ. The older smoker. JAMA. Aug 24 2011;306(8):876-7. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1221
  4. Kleykamp BA, Vandrey RG, Bigelow GE, Strain EC, Mintzer MZ. Effects of methadone plus alcohol on cognitive performance in methadone-maintained volunteers. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. May 2015;41(3):251-6. doi:10.3109/00952990.2014.987348
  5. Kleykamp BA. Objectivity and Evidence in the 2016 Surgeon General's Report on E-Cigarettes. Nicotine Tob Res. Jul 9 2018;20(8):1031-1032. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntx156
  6. Kleykamp BA, Weiss RD, Strain EC. Time to Reconsider the Role of Craving in Opioid Use Disorder. JAMA Psychiatry. Nov 1 2019;76(11):1113-1114. 
  7. Kleykamp BA, Ferguson MC, McNicol E, et al. The Prevalence of Psychiatric and Chronic Pain Comorbidities in Fibromyalgia: an ACTTION systematic review. Semin Arthritis Rheum. Feb 2021;51(1):166-174. doi:10.1016/j.semarthrit.2020.10.006
  8. Kleykamp BA, Dworkin RH, Turk DC, et al. Benefit-risk assessment and reporting in clinical trials of chronic pain treatments: IMMPACT recommendations. Pain. Jun 1 2022;163(6):1006-1018. doi:10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002475
  9. Kleykamp BA, Kulak JA. Cigarette Use Among Older Adults: A Forgotten Population. Am J Public Health. Jan 2023;113(1):27-29. doi:10.2105/ajph.2022.30715
  10. Kleykamp, B.A., Patel P, Selby PL, Weaver MF. Addressing Nicotine/ Tobacco Use. In: Waller RC, Boyle MP, Daviss SR, et al, eds. The ASAM Criteria: Treatment Criteria for Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-occurring Conditions, Volume 1: Adults. 4th ed. Hazelden Publishing; 2023:427-438. 

Research Interests

tobacco and nicotine, opioid use disorder, addiction medicine, older adults

Grants and Contracts

2022-present:   Cooperative Agreement to Support an Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline for the Safe Tapering of Benzodiazepines (1U01FD007804-01), US Food and Drug Administration and American Society of Addiction Medicine. Led systematic review, including conceptualization, conduct, and dissemination.

In the News

Kleykamp, B.A. (2019, October). Older Smokers are the Forgotten Victims of Our Vaping Wars. Filter Magazine.

Kleykamp, B.A. (2022, February). Tobacco Use Disorder Should be a Priority in Addiction Treatment.


Community Service

2020: College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Social Justice Task Force member

2021: Sub-commissioner for the Investigate PH initiative on the Philippines human rights crisis.

Professional Activity

2019-present: College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), Member, Communications Committee

2020-2021:  CPDD Communications Committee, News and Views Co-Editor

2021-present   CPDD, Chair, Communications Committee

Links of Interest

Kleykamp, B. (2023). Vaping Science: Correlation or Causation. The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA).

Kleykamp, B.A. (2023). Unpacking National Vaping Statistics. R Street.