Jessica Weafer


July 2012-present: Postdoctoral Scholar, HBPL, Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago

2012: Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, University of Kentucky

2008: M.A., Experimental Psychology, University of Kentucky

2004: B.A., Psychology, Boston University

Research Interests:

My research focuses on the acute behavioral and subjective effects of drugs of abuse. I am currently investigating the effects of stimulant drugs on memory for emotional material, and the degree to which memory enhancement is related to subjective drug response. Additionally, I am examining associations between behavioral and trait measures of impulsivity and sensitivity to stimulant drug reward. The aim of this research is to improve our understanding of mechanisms through which personality factors and acute drug effects can influence compulsive drug-seeking and drug abuse.


Weafer J, Fillmore MT (2012) Acute alcohol effects on attentional bias in heavy and moderate drinkers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors Jun 25 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22732051.

Weafer J, Fillmore MT (2012) Comparison of alcohol impairment of behavioral and attentional inhibition. Drug and Alcohol Dependence Jun 4 [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 22673197.

Weafer J, Fillmore MT (2012) Alcohol-related stimuli reduce inhibitory control of behavior in drinkers. Psychopharmacology 222:489-98. PMID: 22358851

Weafer J, Fillmore MT (2012) Acute tolerance to alcohol impairment of behavioral and cognitive mechanisms related to driving: drinking and driving on the descending limb. Psychopharmacology 220:697-706. PMID: 21960182

Fillmore MT, Weafer J (2011) Acute tolerance to alcohol in at-risk binge drinkers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors Oct 24 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22023021

Weafer J, Milich R, Fillmore MT (2011) Behavioral components of impulsivity predict alcohol consumption in adults with ADHD and healthy controls. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 113:139-146. PMID: 20863628

Weafer J, Miller MA, Fillmore MT (2010) Response conflict as an environmental determinant of gender differences in sensitivity to alcohol impairment. Current Drug Abuse Reviews 3:147-155. PMID: 20500155

Miller MA, Weafer J, Fillmore MT (2009) Gender differences in alcohol impairment of simulated driving performance and driving related skills. Alcohol and Alcoholism 44:586-593. PMID: 19786725

Weafer J, Fillmore MT, Milich R (2009) Increased sensitivity to the disinhibiting effects of alcohol in adults with ADHD. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 17:113-121. PMID: 19331488

Weafer J, Fillmore MT (2008) Alcohol impairment of inhibitory mechanisms: Individual differences in acute impairment of inhibitory control predict ad libitum alcohol consumption. Psychopharmacology 201:315-324. PMID: 18758758

Weafer J, Camarillo D, Fillmore MT, Milich R, Marczinski CA (2008) Simulated driving performance of adults with ADHD: Comparisons with alcohol intoxication. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 16:251-263. PMID: 18540785

Palfai TP, Weafer J (2006) College student drinking and meaning in the pursuit of life goals. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 20:131-134. PMID: 16784355

Fillmore MT, Weafer J (2004) Alcohol impairment of behavior in men and women. Target Article. Addiction 99:1237-1246. PMID: 15369556