About Me

I am a behavioral pharmacologist and neuroscientist with 25 years of experience conducting research using nonhuman primate models of substance abuse. My research uses behavioral procedures, including drug self-administration, to characterize the effects of abused drugs. I also use non-invasive brain imaging, including MRI and PET, to characterize the effects of long-term drug use on the brain. Another major research area involves characterization of behavioral, neurobiological and environmental factors that predispose individuals to substance abuse. Recently I initiated a research program in polysubstance abuse focusing on cocaine and ethanol. During this time I have been heavily involved in graduate education. I have been involved in recruiting, educating and training PhD, MS, MD and MD/PhD students during my years at Wake Forest, including serving as Director of the Integrative Physiology & Pharmacology (IPP) Program

Educational Program Involvement

Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology PhD
Program Research Interest: 
Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Cardiovascular Physiology and Hypertension, Regenerative Medicine, Neuro- and Behavioral Pharmacology, Cancer Therapeutics Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Lifespan Physiology.

Graduate Programs in Neuroscience
Program Research Interest: Addiction and Substance Abuse, Behavioral and Systems Neurobiology, Development and Plasticity, Molecular Neurobiology, Neurological Disease and Aging, Neuropharmacology, Sensory Neurobiology

Research Training Grants

Alcohol Training Grant - Behavioral pharmacology and neuroscience of drug abuse, non-invasive brain imaging, behavioral/neurobiological/environmental factors that predispose individuals to drug abuse