Human Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory

University of Chicago

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience


Current Trainees

Emma Childs, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 2004 - present
Research project: Interactions between alcohol and acute stress
Source of support: Research Associate, University of Chicago, R01, & R21
Previous education: University of London, 2004

Leah Mayo
Graduate Student, 2011 - present
Research project: Drug effects on conditioning
Source of support: T32
Previous education: University of Michigan, BS, 2010

Anya Bershad
Graduate Student, 2011 - present
Research project: Interactions with drugs and social stress
Source of support:
Previous education: Stanford, BS, 2010

Ben Marcus
Graduate Student, 2011 - present
Research project: Amphetamine and Enivronment
Source of support:
Previous education: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign , BS, 2011

Past Trainees

Matthew Kirkpatrick, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 2011 - 2014
Research project: Cognitive effects of stimulant drugs
Source of support:R01
Previous education: Columbia University, PhD 2010

Margaret Wardle, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 2009 - 2014
Research project: Role of affect in cigarette smoking
Source of support: T32
Previous education: University of Illinois, Chicago, PhD 2009

Matthew Baggott, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 2011 - 2013
Research project: MDMA effects in humans
Source of support: T32
Previous education: University of California, Berkeley, PhD 2011

Michael Ballard
Graduate Student, 2008 - 2013
Research project: Effects of drugs on emotional memory
Source of support: T32, & F31
Previous education: Emory University, BS, 2001

Jolan Terner, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 2005 - 2006
Research project: Menstrual cycle phase and responses to drugs of abuse
Source of support: Postdoctoral fellowship, University of Chicago
Previous education: University of North Carolina, PhD 2005

Jolan Terner, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 2005 - 2006
Research project: Menstrual cycle phase and responses to drugs of abuse
Source of support: Postdoctoral fellowship, University of Chicago
Previous education: University of North Carolina, PhD 2005

Jolan Terner, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 2005 - 2006
Research project: Menstrual cycle phase and responses to drugs of abuse
Source of support: Postdoctoral fellowship, University of Chicago
Previous education: University of North Carolina, PhD 2005

Jolan Terner, MD PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 2006 - 2007
Research project: Menstrual cycle phase and responses to drugs of abuse
Source of support: Postdoctoral fellowship, University of Chicago
Previous education: University of North Carolina, PhD 2007

Andrea Dlugos, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 2005 - 2006
Research project:Menstrual cycle phase and responses to drugs of abuse
Source of support: Postdoctoral fellowship, University of Chicago
Previous education: Univ of Munster, PhD 2005

Gillinder Bedi, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 2007 - 2009
Research project: Mechanisms of MDMA effects
Current position: Asst Prof, Dept of Psychiatry, Columbia University
Previous education: Monash University, Australia, PhD 2006

Jolan Terner, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 2005 - 2006
Research project: Menstrual cycle phase and responses to drugs of abuse
Source of support: Postdoctoral fellowship, University of Chicago
Previous education: University of North Carolina, PhD 2005

Ashley Acheson, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 2004 - 2006
Research project: Nucleus accumbens in impulsive behavior
Source of support: Postdoctoral fellowship, University of Chicago
Previous education: SUNY Buffalo, PhD 2004

Brady Reynolds, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 2003 - 2004
Research project: Behavioral measures of impulsivity
Source of support: Research Associate, Research Institute on Addictions
Previous education: University of West Virginia, 2003

Lilly Nikolayev, MD
Post-doctoral fellow, 2002 - 2003
Research project: Stress and responses to drugs
Source of support: Resident in Psychiatry, University of Alabama
Previous education: University of Leningrad, Russia

Anna Soderpalm, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 2000 - 2002
Research project: Effects of stress on response to alcohol
Source of support: Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education
Previous education: University of Goteborg, Sweden, PhD 2000

Tara White, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 2000 - 2002
Research project: Neurobiology of personality and response to amphetamine
Source of support: Research Associate, Center for Addiction Studies, Brown University
Previous education: Cornell University, PhD 1998

Michael Cousins, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 1999 - 2001
Research project: Effects of dopaminergic and GABAergic drugs on smoking
Source of support: Health Informatics Manager, Health Management Corporation; Awarded Post-doctoral fellow, National Research Service Award from the NIH, 1999, with Dr. de Wit as primary mentor / sponsor.
Previous education: University of Connecticut, PhD 1996

Jeffrey Kirk, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 1996 - 1998
Research project: Antiemetic effects of cannabinoids
Source of support: Awarded Post-doctoral fellow, National Research Service Award from the NIH, 1998, with Dr. de Wit as primary mentor / sponsor.
Previous education: State University of New York, PhD 1996

Stephen Wachtel, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 1996 - 1998
Research project: Role of dopamine and serotonin in response to methamphetamine
Source of support: Director of Research Development, Evanston Northwestern Hospital; Awarded Post-doctoral fellow, National Research Service Award from the NIH, 1999, with Dr. de Wit as primary mentor / sponsor.
Previous education: Wayne State University, PhD 1989

Margaret Rukstalis, MD
Post-doctoral fellow, 1993 - 1995
Research project: Responses to triazolam in women across the menstrual cycle
Source of support: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania; Awarded Post-doctoral fellow, National Research Service Award from the NIH, 1999, with Dr. de Wit as primary mentor / sponsor.
Previous education: Dartmouth University, MD 1989

Pamela Doty, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 1992 - 1995
Research project: Role of opioid and serotonin systems in acute responses to ethanol in humans
Source of support: Clinical Research Specialist at Schwarz Biosciences, NC
Previous education: University of North Carolina, PhD 1992

Suzanne Mitchell, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 1992 - 1995
Research project: Role of expectancies in responses to drugs
Source of support: Associate Professor, Oregon Health Sciences University
Previous education: State University of New York, PhD 1991

Shirley Cole-Harding, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 1990 - 1992
Research project: Individual differences in responses to barbiturates
Source of support: Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, University of North Dakota, Minot, ND
Previous education: University of Colorado, PhD 1989

James Zacny, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 1988 - 1990
Research project: Behavioral economics of drug use
Source of support: Associate Professor, Dept. of Anesthesia and Critical Care, University of Chicago
Previous education: University of West Viginia, PhD 1988

Lisa Brauer, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow, 1995
Research project: Dopamine antagonists and responses to amphetamine in humans
Source of support: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota; Awarded Post-doctoral fellow, National Research Service Award from the NIH, 1999, with Dr. de Wit as primary mentor / sponsor
Previous education: University of Chicago, PhD 1995

Henry Chi
Pre-doctoral fellow, 1998 - 2002
Research project: Nicotinic receptor involvement in alcohol response
Source of support: Doctoral candidate, Dept. of Psychology, University of Chicago
Previous education: University of Chicago, MA 2002

Angela Justice
Pre-doctoral fellow, 1995 - 2000
Research project: Estrogen-amphetamine interactions
Source of support: Awarded Pre-doctoral fellow, National Research Service Award from the NIH, 1999, with Dr. de Wit as primary mentor / sponsor; Currently Executive Director of the MS Foundation.
Previous education: University of Chicago, PhD 2001

Louis Holdstock
Pre-doctoral fellow, 1995 - 2000
Research project: Individual differences in subjective responses to ethanol
Source of support: Research Analyst, Smith Kline Beecham
Previous education: University of Chicago, PhD 2001

Lisa Brauer
Pre-doctoral fellow, 1990 - 1994
Research project: Dopamine antagonists and responses to amphetamine
Source of support: Awarded Post-doctoral fellow, National Research Service Award from the NIH, 1995, with Dr. de Wit as primary mentor / sponsor.
Previous education: University of Chicago 1994

MaryAnn Chutuape
Pre-doctoral fellow, 1988 - 1993
Research project: Self-medication hypothesis of drug use: diazepam and ethanol
Source of support: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University
Previous education: University of Chicago, PhD 1993

Andrea King, PhD
Junior faculty, 1999 - 2004
Previous education: PhD 1992
Research project: Naltrexone and smoking cessation
Source of support: Mentored Scientist Award, NIAAA, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago; Awarded Post-doctoral fellow, National Research Service Award from the NIH, 1999, with Dr. de Wit as primary mentor / sponsor.

Rashad Abdul-Salaam
MA student, 2002 - 2003
Research project: Amphetamine and risk-taking
Source of support: Master's student, University of Chicago, MA 2004

Stephen Mahler
MA student, 2001 - 2003
Research project: Dopamine and smoking cues
Source of support: Master's Student, University of Chicago, MA 2004; Doctoral student at University of Michigan

Amanda Ortengren
MA student, 1999 - 2000
Research project: Behavioral measures of impulsivity
Source of support: Master's student, University fo Chicago, MA 2001; Medical school, University of Connecticut

Justin Enggasser
MA student, 1999 - 2000
Research project: Dopamine and alcohol reward
Source of support: Master's student, University of Chicago, MA 2001
Subsequent education: Doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology

David Lott
Resident, 2002 - 2004
Research project: Responses to amphetamine in relation to DAT1 polymorphisms
Source of support: Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago
Previous education: Johns Hopkins University, MD 2001

Maliha Darugar
Honors BA project, 2004 - 2006
Research project: Genetics of impulsive behavior
Source of support: Undergraduate, University of Chicago, BA 2005; Research Assistant, HPBL, University of Chicago

Elizabeth Young
Honors BA project, 2002 - 2004
Research project: Nicotinic receptors and alcohol response
Source of support: Undergraduate, University of Chicago, BA 2004
Subsequent education: Medical student, University of Chicago

Karen Alsene
Honors BA project, 1999 - 2001
Research project: Genetics of caffeine response
Source of support: Undergraduate, University of Chicago, BA 2002
Subsequent education: PhD candidate, University of Wisconsin