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Dr. Effinger successfully defending his thesis under the guidance of Melissa Herman, PhD, on “Sex-Specific Effects of Psychedelic Drug Administration on Stress-Related Brain Region Reactivity and Threat Responding” November 7.

Dr. Devin Effinger at his thesis defense
Dr. Devin Effinger at his thesis defense


Chronic Alcohol Drinking Drives Sex-Specific Differences in Affective Behavior and Medial Prefrontal Cortex Activity in CRF1:Cre:tdTomato Transgenic Rats.  Quadir SG, Arleth GM, Cone MG, High MW, Ramage MC, Effinger DP, Echeveste Sanchez M, Herman MA. eNeuro. 2023 Jul 13;10(7):ENEURO.0055-23.2023. doi: 10.1523/ENEURO.0055-23.2023. Print 2023 Jul. PMID: 37414553 Free PMC article.

Publications from his 2-yr Fellowship at the National Institute on Drug Abuse

Effects of buprenorphine, methadone, and cariprazine on economic choice between remifentanil and food in squirrel monkeys.  Amirali AS, Hecker JC, Figueroa HM, Effinger DP, Montoro RA, Jedema HP, Vogt CD, Newman AH, Schindler CW, Bradberry CW. Addict Neurosci. 2023 Mar;5:100065. doi: 10.1016/j.addicn.2023.100065. Epub 2023 Jan 18. PMID: 36873095

Reinforcement learning modeling reveals a reward-history-dependent strategy underlying reversal learning in squirrel monkeys.  Bari BA, Moerke MJ, Jedema HP, Effinger DP, Cohen JY, Bradberry CW. Behav Neurosci. 2022 Feb;136(1):46-60. doi: 10.1037/bne0000492. Epub 2021 Sep 27.PMID: 34570556 Free PMC article.

Potential Value of the Insights and Lived Experiences of Addiction Researchers With Addiction.  Stull SW, Smith KE, Vest NA, Effinger DP, Epstein DH. J Addict Med. 2022 Mar-Apr 01;16(2):135-137. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000867. PMID: 33973924 Free PMC article.

Economic choice between remifentanil and food in squirrel monkeys.  Brown SO, Effinger DP, Montoro RA, Daddaoua N, Justinova Z, Moerke MJ, Schindler CW, Jedema HP, Bradberry CW. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2022 Jun;47(7):1398-1404. doi: 10.1038/s41386-021-00996-6. Epub 2021 Apr 8. PMID: 33833402 Free PMC article.

Awards, Honors & Highlights

Pharmacology Student Service & Outreach Award, 2022


Below are pics from Dr. Effinger’s thesis defense and PHCO white coat ceremony.


We wish you all the best, Devin!