Nancy A. Haug, PhD

Palo Alto University Faculty Nancy_Haug


Professor and Associate Chair, Palo Alto University
Clinical Supervisor, The Gronowski Center

Contact Information:
(650) 961-9300 x3616

Faculty Status:

Core Faculty


PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium


PhD, Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
MA, Counseling Psychology, Loyola University Maryland
BS, Psychology, Saint Joseph’s University


Dr. Nancy Haug is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Psychology at Palo Alto University. She is core faculty in the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. She also serves as a clinical supervisor at The Gronowski Center, a training clinic for doctoral students. Dr. Haug leads the Harm Reduction and Addiction Treatment Laboratory at Palo Alto University. Dr. Haug has ongoing collaborations at both the Stanford Psychiatry Addiction Medicine Program and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. Her current research interests include implementation of evidence-based practices in addiction treatment, harm reduction practices for substance use and medical cannabis provider training. Projects include using social media platforms to provide psychoeducation for opioid overdose and use of naloxone, as well as studying medical cannabis patients and dispensary staff members. The lab is currently developing a standardized scientific and clinical training protocol to implement in the comprehensive education of cannabis dispensary workers and health providers.

Dr. Haug earned a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She was mentored by Dr. Carlo DiClemente, co-founder of the Transtheoretical Model of change. She also spent over seven years at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Behavior Therapy Treatment Research Center. At the Center for Addiction and Pregnancy, Dr. Haug was a project director for several clinical trials studying behavioral interventions for pregnant women with substance use disorders. Dr. Haug completed a clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) in the area of public service and minority mental health. She was on the SFGH medical staff as an attending psychologist where she taught medical students and mentored psychology fellows. Dr. Haug was a faculty member in the UCSF School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and an Instructor at UC Berkeley Extension in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies Program.
Dr. Haug is a licensed clinical psychologist in California since 2004 and maintains a small private practice in Los Gatos, CA. She has clinical expertise in evidence-based treatments for substance use disorders such as motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies. She also has long-standing clinical interest in the treatment of eating and weight disorders, as well as women's behavioral health.

Areas of Interest:

Addiction, smoking cessation, substance use treatment; behavioral medicine; health behavior change; eating disorders, nutrition and body image; women’s health.

Selected Publications:

*indicates student co-author
Haug, N. A., Padula, C. B., Sottile*, J. E., Vandrey, R., Heinz, A., & Bonn-Miller, M. O. (2017). Cannabis use patterns and motives: A comparison of younger, middle-aged and older medical cannabis patients. Addictive Behaviors, 72, 14-20.
Haug, N. A., Kieschnick* D., Sottile*, J., Babson, K. A., Vandrey, R., & Bonn-Miller, M. O. (2016). Training and practices of cannabis dispensary staff. Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, 1(1), 244-251.
Haug, N. A., Bielenberg*, J.,Linder, S. H., & Lembke, A. (2016). Assessment of provider attitudes toward #naloxone on Twitter. Substance Abuse, 37(1), 35-41. 
Polak*, K., Haug, N. A., Drachenberg, H., & Svikis, D. S. (2015). Gender considerations in addiction: Implications for treatment. Current Treatment Options in Psychiatry, 2, 326-338.
Haug, N. A., Duffy, M., & McCaul, M. E. (2014). Substance abuse treatment services for pregnant women: Psychosocial and behavioral approaches. Obstetrics & Gynecology Clinics of North America, 41(2), 267-296
Haug, N. A., Shopshire, M., Tajima, B., Gruber, V., & Guydish, J. (2008). Adoption of evidence-based practices among substance abuse treatment providers. Journal of Drug Education, 38(2), 181-192.

Websites and Other Relevant Links:

At a Crossroads: Medical Cannabis and Mental Health

Interview and article with Livescience

Coverage of published study on Vice

Calm - Expert Review

Headspace - Expert Review

Private practice website