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Peter A. DeMaria, Jr., MD


Peter A. DeMaria, Jr., MD, FASAM


Associate Professor, Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

Telephone:  215-204-7276

Email: pdemaria@temple.edu



Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science


Educational Background:


AB (Chemistry) with honors, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, 1980


MD, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, 1984


Internship, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 1984-1985


Residency, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 1985-1988


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clinical Interests:

  • Drug addiction (especially opiate and benzodiazepine)
  • Alcoholism
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Medication-assisted treatment (methadone and buprenorphine)
  • Spirituality
  • College student mental health
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psycopharmacology

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board certifications:


  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Addiction Medicine by examination by the American Society of Addiction Medicine

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professional affiliations:

  • Fellow, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)
  • American College Health Association (ACHA)
  • American Psychiatric Association (APA)
  • Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society (PPS)
  • Philadelphia Psychiatric Society (PPS)

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research interests:


  • Opiate dependence
  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • Methadone and buprenorphine maintenance treatment
  • Benzodiazepine dependence
  • Detoxification
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Spirituality and recovery
  • Medical student and resident education

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selected publications:


DeMaria PA, Sterling RC, Neshin S, Payte JT.  Clinician knowledge in methadone maintenance treatment programs.  Journal of Maintenance in the Addictions 2(4): 45-54, 2005.


DeMaria PA.  Methadone drug interactions.  Journal of Maintenance in the Addictions 2(3): 69-74, 2002.


DeMaria PA, Gottheil E, Serota RD, Sterling RC.  Penobarbital versus clonazepam in the outpatient sedative detoxification of methadone maintained patients.  American Journal on Addictions 5(2): 167-173, 1996.


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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

26020155. DeMaria PA Jr, Cocaine use and buprenorphine compliance. J Addict Med 9:3(251)2015 May-Jun

22882401. Demaria PA Jr, Risler RB, Buprenorphine compliance. Am J Addict 21:5(491)2012 Sep-Oct

21769042. Demaria PA Jr, Sterling RC, Risler R, Frank J, Using buprenorphine to treat opioid-dependent university students: opportunities, successes, and challenges. J Addict Med 4:4(236-42)2010 Dec

18316282. DeMaria PA, Patkar AA, The implementation of buprenorphine/naloxone in college health practice. J Am Coll Health 56:4(391-3)2008 Jan-Feb

16314761. Ray R, Doyle GA, Crowley JJ, Buono RJ, Oslin DW, Patkar AA, Mannelli P, DeMaria PA Jr, O'Brien CP, Berrettini WH, A functional prodynorphin promoter polymorphism and opioid dependence. Psychiatr Genet 15:4(295-8)2005 Dec

15558714. Smith RJ, Doyle GA, Han AM, Crowley JJ, Oslin DW, Patkar AA, Mannelli P, Demaria PA Jr, O'brien CP, Berrettini WH, Novel exonic mu-opioid receptor gene (OPRM1) polymorphisms not associated with opioid dependence. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet 133B:1(105-9)2005 Feb 5

12960749. Crowley JJ, Oslin DW, Patkar AA, Gottheil E, DeMaria PA Jr, O'Brien CP, Berrettini WH, Grice DE, A genetic association study of the mu opioid receptor and severe opioid dependence. Psychiatr Genet 13:3(169-73)2003 Sep

10934576. DeMaria PA Jr, Sterling R, Weinstein SP, The effect of stimulant and sedative use on treatment outcome of patients admitted to methadone maintenance treatment. Am J Addict 9:2(145-53)2000 Spring

10745790. Wilson LB, DeMaria PA Jr, Kane HL, Reining KM, Anesthesia-assisted rapid opiate detoxification: a new procedure in the postanesthesia care unit. J Perianesth Nurs 14:4(207-12; quiz 213-6)1999 Aug

10631960. DeMaria PA Jr, Serota RD, A therapeutic use of the methadone fluvoxamine drug interaction. J Addict Dis 18:4(5-12)1999

9327258. Kunkel EJ, Rodgers C, DeMaria PA Jr, Holleran D, Zaimes J, Gray C, Zager R, Hall SM, Field HL, Use of high dose benzodiazepines in alcohol and sedative withdrawal delirium. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 19:4(286-93)1997 Jul

9016290. Demaria PA Jr, Rodgers C, Braccia G, Propofol for sedation during rapid opiate detoxification. Am J Psychiatry 154:2(290-1)1997 Feb

7877931. DeMaria PA Jr, Weinstein SP, Methadone maintenance treatment. When and how to refer patients. Postgrad Med 97:3(83-6, 91-2)1995 Mar

8315701. Weinstein SP, Gottheil E, Sterling RC, DeMaria PA Jr, Long-term methadone maintenance treatment: some clinical examples. J Subst Abuse Treat 10:3(277-81)1993 May-Jun

1735768. Weinstein SP, DeMaria PA Jr, Rosenthal M, AIDS and alcohol: concerns for the physician. Hosp Pract (Off Ed) 27:2(98, 100, 105)1992 Feb 15

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Additional information:

  • Nyswander-Dole Award from the American Methadone Treatment Association for outstanding service in the methadone treatment field, 2001
  • Nancy C. A. Roeske, MD Certificate of Excellence in Medical Student Education by the American Psychiatric Association for outstanding and sustained contributions to medical education, 2003

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