Neural basis of appetitive motivation and reward; drug addiction; biological psychiatry; motivational theory
B-77 Park Hall
Buffalo NY, 14260-4110
Phone: (716) 645-0267
My empirical research has involved primarily investigating the biological basis of appetitive motivation and reward processes with special attention to addictive agents such as the psychomotor stimulants (e.g., amphetamine, cocaine, methamphetamine) and the opioids (e.g., heroin, morphine, oxycodone). Other interests involve the neuropsychopharmacology of catecholamine systems (e.g., dopamine) and their relationship to general motivational theory and specific applications in biological psychiatry. My more recent work is largely directed to applying what I’ve learned over the past 35+ years studying addictive behavior and the neuroscience of addiction; specifically, my work now involves (1) facilitating addiction technology transfer, (2) development of more rational drug-regulation policies, and (3) application of harm-reduction strategies. Another active line of investigation involves the study of terrorism and the deployment of better counter-terrorism strategies. This last endeavor uses primarily a social cognition approach to better understand the terrorist’s mindset and to help develop more effective predictive algorithms for potential adversarial events.