I conduct laboratory-based human psychopharmacology studies related to addiction. We investigate the
behavioral, physiological, and subjective effects of drugs of abuse in human volunteers, to identify both
determinants and consequences of nonmedical drug use. The research provides a key translational link between animal models of drug-taking and the clinical disorder of addiction to investigate behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying risk. We study individual differences in responses to acute drug administration, related to genetics, personality traits, hormonal states and variations in neural circuitry. I am deeply committed to education and mentorship of future clinical scientists. My laboratory provides training for post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, medical students, and undergraduates to acquire skills in research in human psychopharmacology. I have hosted students from several programs for underrepresented minorities. I teach a graduate and undergraduate course in drug abuse, I am MPI on a NIDA T32 grant, and serve on the executive committee of a Clinical Pharmacology T32. I co-direct a 10-week workshop for junior faculty planning to submit K awards, sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) and I serve on external advisory boards of two training grants in addiction research at other universities.

  • B.A., 1969, University of Calgary
  • M.A., 1976, Concordia University
  • Ph.D., 1981, Concordia University