Department of Psychology

Laboratory of Alcoholism and Addictions Neuroscience (LAAN)



Sirohi S, Walker BM (2015). Maturational alterations in constitutive activity of medial prefrontal cortex κ-opioid receptors in Wistar rats. Journal of Neurochemistry. In press.


Hipolito L, Wilson-Poe A, Campos-Jurado Y, Zhong E, Gonzalez-Romero J, Virag L, Whittington R, Comer S, Carlton S, Walker B, Bruchas M, Moron J (2015). Inflammatory pain promotes increased opioid self-administration: role of dysregulated ventral tegmental area mu opioid receptors. Journal of Neuroscience. In press.


Kissler JL, Walker BM (2015). Dissociating motivational from physiological withdrawal in alcohol dependence: role of central amygdala κ-opioid receptors. Neuropsychopharmacology, doi:10.1038/npp.2015.183. PMCID: In progress.


Kissler JL*, Sirohi S*, Reis DJ, Jansen HT, Quock RM, Smith DG and Walker BM (2014). The ‘One-Two Punch’ of Alcoholism: Role of Central Amygdala Dynorphins / Kappa-Opioid Receptors. Biological Psychiatry, 75, 10, 774-782. *Denotes equal contribution. Commentary: Heilig M, Schank JR (2014). Kappa-opioid receptor antagonism: a mechanism for treatment of relief drinking? Biological Psychiatry, 75, 10, 750-751. Press release: This research investigation received an Honorable Mention for selection as finalist for the 2015 Ziskind-Somerfeld Research Award to recognize outstanding research investigations in Biological Psychiatry.

Sirohi S, Bakalkin G and Walker BM (2012). Alcohol-induced plasticity in the dynorphin / kappa-opioid receptor system. Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience doi: 10.3389/fnmol.2012. 00095.






















Department of Psychology, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164