Substance Abuse & Addictions

Faculty interest and program emphasis are in psychopharmacology and neurochemistry of alcohol and drugs of abuse, the behavioral genetics of alcohol abuse, behavioral and neurobiological consequences of developmental exposure to drugs of abuse, and use of animal models in drug abuse research.

Stephen Boehm, Ph.D.

Work in Dr. Boehm's lab seeks to understand how developmental and genetic factors influence loss of control over alcohol intake, or binge drinking. His research uses mice of different developmental and genetic backgrounds to ask mechanistic questions about the complex relationships between brain and behavior.

Melissa Cyders. Ph.D.

Dr. Cyders' primary research area is the role of emotional experiences in risk processes for a wide range of maladaptive health behaviors, including alcohol use, drug use, gambling, risky sexual practices, sexting, and eating disorders.

Cristine Czachowski, Ph.D.

Dr. Czachowski's research uses an animal model to better understand the processes by which humans regulate alcohol consumption. Currently, she is working with a model that closely approximates human alcohol-drinking: from the onset of a “drinking episode” which starts with the purchase of a bottle or the entering of a bar, to the termination of that particular drinking binge.

Charles Goodlett, Ph.D.

Dr. Goodlett studies the effects of exposure to alcohol during critical periods of brain development. His goals are to understand the factors that determine the type and extent of brain damage–and associated behavioral dysfunction–and to identify treatments that may rehabilitate or protect against prenatal alcohol-induced brain damage (i.e., fetal alcohol syndrome).

Nicholas Grahame, Ph.D.

Dr. Grahame seeks to understand genetic influences on behavior, specializing in alcoholism. Using animal models, he studies why some individuals prefer alcohol while others avoid it.

Christopher Lapish, Ph.D.

The primary focus of Dr. Lapish's research is to understand the neurophsyiological basis of cognition and explore potential procognitive treatment vectors for disorders such as schizophrenia and addiction.

Bethany Neal-Beliveau, Ph.D.

Dr. Neal-Beliveau's basic areas of research are developmental psychobiology and psychopharmacology. She is currently examining the effects of early insults (i.e., drugs of abuse, lesions, and stress) on the development of brain dopamine system, using both behavioral and neuro-chemical methods.

Rob Stewart, Ph.D.

Dr. Stewart uses an animal model to study neural and behavioral factors that may be correlated with or cause alcoholism.

Tamika Zapolski, Ph.D.

Dr. Zapolski's primary research focus is on understanding important factors related to risk of drug use among youth and developing interventions to help mitigate risk for future use among youth. Although many of the findings based on the research from her lab are universal, applicable across ethnic groups, she pays particular focus on understanding cultural factors that are influential in elevating risk of drug use among African American youth.