Department of Psychology

Laboratory of Alcoholism and Addictions Neuroscience

 

Recent Awards, Accomplishments and Funding

 

Rachel Abella: Previous Undergraduate Researcher / Currently a Research Technician

- WSU Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences 2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship ($3000 to student).

- Phi Beta Kappa (2012).

 

Anthony Berger: Graduate Student

- WSU Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Research Program Summer 2012 Research Fellowship ($10000).

Berger AL, Williams AM, McGinnis MM, Walker BM (2013) Affective Cue-Induced Escalation of Alcohol Self-Administration and Increased 22-kHz Ultrasonic Vocalizations during Alcohol Withdrawal: Role of Kappa-Opioid Receptors. Neuropsychopharmacology 38: 647-654

 

Jessica L. Bilimoria: Previous Undergraduate Researcher and Current Research Technician. Will begin graduate studies in the Fall in the Psychology Department with Dr. Walker.

 

Kissler JL*, Sirohi S*, Reis DJ, Jansen HT, Quock RM, Smith DG and Walker BM (2013). The ‘One-Two Punch’ of Alcoholism: Role of Central Amygdala Dynorphins / Kappa-Opioid Receptors. Biological Psychiatry (in press).

Williams AM*, Reis DJ*, Powell AS*, Neira LJ, Nealey KA, Ziegler CE, Kloss N, Bilimoria JL, Smith CE, Walker BM (2012) The Effect of Intermittent Alcohol Vapor or Pulsatile Heroin on Somatic and Negative Affective Indices during Spontaneous Withdrawal in Wistar Rats. Psychopharmacology, DOI: 10.1007/ s00213-012-2691-3.

- Phi Beta Kappa (2011).

 

Seth M. Davis, M.S.: Graduate Student.

 

- WSU Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program 2011 – 2012 Research Fellowship ($29,582).

Nealey KA, Smith AW, Davis SM, Smith DG and Walker BM (2011). κ-opioid receptors are implicated in the increased potency of intra-accumbens nalmefene in ethanol-dependent rats. Neuropharmacology, 61, 35-42.

 

Molly M. McGinnis: Undergraduate Researcher.

- WSU Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program Spring 2013 Research Fellowship ($1000 for student / $1000 for experiment).

-Crimson Award Winner for best poster presentation at 2013 SURCA event!

-WSU Emeritus Award for Exceptional undergraduate Research in the Biosciences

Berger AL, Williams AM, McGinnis MM, Walker BM (2013) Affective Cue-Induced Escalation of Alcohol Self-Administration and Increased 22-kHz Ultrasonic Vocalizations during Alcohol Withdrawal: Role of Kappa-Opioid Receptors. Neuropsychopharmacology 38: 647-654

 

Kathryn A. Nealey, B.S.:Previous Undergraduate Researcher and Previous Research Technician.

- WSU 2010 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award for an outstanding oral presentation ($500 for student). Presentation title: Site-specific antagonism of kappa-opioid receptors attenuates the excessive alcohol self-administration associated with dependence.

Nealey KA, Smith AW, Davis SM, Smith DG and Walker BM (2011). κ-opioid receptors are implicated in the increased potency of intra-accumbens nalmefene in ethanol-dependent rats. Neuropharmacology, 61, 35-42.

Smith AW, Nealey KA, Wright JW and Walker BM (2011). Plasticity associated with escalated operant ethanol self-administration during acute withdrawal in ethanol-dependent rats requires intact matrix metalloproteinase systems. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 96, 199-206.

Williams AM*, Reis DJ*, Powell AS*, Neira LJ, Nealey KA, Ziegler CE, Kloss N, Bilimoria JL, Smith CE, Walker BM (2012) The Effect of Intermittent Alcohol Vapor or Pulsatile Heroin on Somatic and Negative Affective Indices during Spontaneous Withdrawal in Wistar Rats. Psychopharmacology, DOI: 10.1007/ s00213-012-2691-3.

 

Louis J. Neira: Undergraduate Researcher.

-  WSU University College Undergraduate Research 2011 Auvil Fellowship for Undergraduate Research ($1000 for student).
-  WSU 2011 Dr. Edward R. Meyer Scholarship ($2000 for student)
-  WSU 2011 Howard and Shirley Strobel Scholarship ($1000 for student)
-  WSU Pharmacology and Toxicology Program 2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship ($3000 to student).

Williams AM*, Reis DJ*, Powell AS*, Neira LJ, Nealey KA, Ziegler CE, Kloss N, Bilimoria JL, Smith CE, Walker BM (2012) The Effect of Intermittent Alcohol Vapor or Pulsatile Heroin on Somatic and Negative Affective Indices during Spontaneous Withdrawal in Wistar Rats. Psychopharmacology, DOI: 10.1007/ s00213-012-2691-3.

 

Alexa S. Powell, B.S.: Undergraduate Researcher.

- WSU Pharmacology and Toxicology Program 2010 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship ($3000 to student).
- WSU Department of Psychology Spring 2011 Undergraduate Research Grant ($750 for experiment).

Williams AM*, Reis DJ*, Powell AS*, Neira LJ, Nealey KA, Ziegler CE, Kloss N, Bilimoria JL, Smith CE, Walker BM (2012) The Effect of Intermittent Alcohol Vapor or Pulsatile Heroin on Somatic and Negative Affective Indices during Spontaneous Withdrawal in Wistar Rats. Psychopharmacology, DOI: 10.1007/ s00213-012-2691-3.
* These authors contributed equally.

 

Daniel J. Reis: Undergraduate Researcher.

- WSU Pharmacology and Toxicology Program 2010 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship ($3000 to student).
- WSU University College Undergraduate Research 2010 Auvil Fellowship for Undergraduate Research ($1000 for student).
- WSU Department of Psychology Spring 2011 Undergraduate Research Grant ($750 for experiment).
- WSU Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program Spring 2011 Research Fellowship ($1000 for student / $1000 for experiment).
- WSU Honors College 2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship ($3000 for student)
- WSU 2012 College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Senior Award.

- Phi Beta Kappa (2012).

Williams AM*, Reis DJ*, Powell AS*, Neira LJ, Nealey KA, Ziegler CE, Kloss N, Bilimoria JL, Smith CE, Walker BM (2012) The Effect of Intermittent Alcohol Vapor or Pulsatile Heroin on Somatic and Negative Affective Indices during Spontaneous Withdrawal in Wistar Rats. Psychopharmacology, DOI: 10.1007/ s00213-012-2691-3.
* These authors contributed equally.

Kissler JL*, Sirohi S*, Reis DJ, Jansen HT, Quock RM, Smith DG and Walker BM (2013). The ‘One-Two Punch’ of Alcoholism: Role of Central Amygdala Dynorphins / Kappa-Opioid Receptors. Biological Psychiatry (in press).

 

Georgia Schafer: Undergraduate Researcher.

   

-2013 Peter A. Zornes Memorial Scholarship

 

Alexander W. Smith, B.S.: Undergraduate Researcher.

 

- WSU Department of Psychology Spring 2010 Undergraduate Research Grant ($750 for experiment).
  - WSU Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program Spring 2010 Research Fellowship ($1000 for student / $1000 for experiment).
  - WSU James A. Weir 2010 Undergraduate Research Fellowship ($1000 for student).
  - WSU Alcohol and Drug Abuse Summer 2010 Research Fellowship ($3300 to student / $1700 for experiment).

Smith AW, Nealey KA, Wright JW and Walker BM (2011). Plasticity associated with escalated operant ethanol self-administration during acute withdrawal in ethanol-dependent rats requires intact matrix metalloproteinase systems. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 96, 199-206.

Nealey KA, Smith AW, Davis SM, Smith DG and Walker BM (2011). κ-opioid receptors are implicated in the increased potency of intra-accumbens nalmefene in ethanol-dependent rats. Neuropharmacology, 61, 35-42.

 

Chelsea E. Smith, B.S.: Undergraduate Researcher.

  

- WSU Department of Psychology Spring 2012 Undergraduate Research Grant ($750 for experiment).
  - WSU Alcohol and Drug Abuse Summer 2012 Research Fellowship ($3300 to student / $1700 for experiment).

Williams AM*, Reis DJ*, Powell AS*, Neira LJ, Nealey KA, Ziegler CE, Kloss N, Bilimoria JL, Smith CE, Walker BM (2012) The Effect of Intermittent Alcohol Vapor or Pulsatile Heroin on Somatic and Negative Affective Indices during Spontaneous Withdrawal in Wistar Rats. Psychopharmacology, DOI: 10.1007/ s00213-012-2691-3.


 

Brendan M. Walker, Ph.D.: Associate Professor

Brendan Walker

2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama at the White House

2012 Early Achievement in Scholarship Award from the College of Liberal Arts at Washington State University.

2012 Honors College Faculty Thesis Advisor of the Year Award from the Honors College at Washington State University.

2011 Young Investigator Award from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism presented at the Alcoholism and Stress: A Framework for Future Treatment Strategies Conference, Volterra, Italy.

2011 Early Career Investigator Travel Award from National Institute on Drug Abuse to attend and present at the NIDA 2011 Frontiers in Addiction Research Mini-Convention, Washington, D.C.

2011 Buckley Fellowship provided by the Honors College Endowment for Faculty Excellence at Washington State University, Pullman, USA.

2011: R01AA020394-01 NIAAA (NIH; 5 year direct costs = $1,125,000). Role: Principal Investigator

2011: Hope for Depression Research Foundation, Research Grant. (2 year direct costs = $105,000). Role: Principal Investigator

 

 

Angela M. Williams, B.S.: Graduate Student

Williams AM*, Reis DJ*, Powell AS*, Neira LJ, Nealey KA, Ziegler CE, Kloss N, Bilimoria JL, Smith CE, Walker BM (2012) The Effect of Intermittent Alcohol Vapor or Pulsatile Heroin on Somatic and Negative Affective Indices during Spontaneous Withdrawal in Wistar Rats. Psychopharmacology, DOI: 10.1007/ s00213-012-2691-3.

Berger AL*, Williams AM*, McGinnis MM, Walker BM (2013) Affective Cue-Induced Escalation of Alcohol Self-Administration and Increased 22-kHz Ultrasonic Vocalizations during Alcohol Withdrawal: Role of Kappa-Opioid Receptors. Neuropsychopharmacology 38: 647-654

*contributed equally

 

Cole E. Ziegler: Undergraduate Researcher.

 

- WSU Department of Psychology Spring 2011 Undergraduate Research Grant ($750 for experiment).
- WSU 2011 Jack Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Howard Scholarship ($2000 for student)
- WSU 2011 William C and Charlotte M. Kruegel Scholarship ($500 for student)
- WSU 2011 Bret D. and Roger D. James Memorial Scholarship ($350 for student)
- WSU Honors College Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship ($1500 for student)

Williams AM*, Reis DJ*, Powell AS*, Neira LJ, Nealey KA, Ziegler CE, Kloss N, Bilimoria JL, Smith CE, Walker BM (2012) The Effect of Intermittent Alcohol Vapor or Pulsatile Heroin on Somatic and Negative Affective Indices during Spontaneous Withdrawal in Wistar Rats. Psychopharmacology, DOI: 10.1007/ s00213-012-2691-3.

 

 

Department of Psychology, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164