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The following posters were presented at the Open House on Student Research in Addiction Sciences on April 1, 2016. They are listed alphabetically by student name.

Negative Sexual Experiences and the Use of Alcohol Mixed with Energy Drinks
Natalie Ball, Doctoral Student, Psychology, Cognitive program
Mentors: Dr. Kate Miller, Research Institute on Addictions, Dr. Eduardo Mercado, Psychology

Cadherin 13 Knockouts and the Observed Effects on Behavioral Regulation
Alexander Bartnik, Undergraduate Student, Biomedical Sciences
Christopher King, Doctoral Student, Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience program
Mentor: Dr. Paul Meyer, Psychology

Maternal/Paternal Attachment at 12 Months and Effects on Infant 24 Month Interaction
Marla Beyer, Undergraduate Student, Biomedical Sciences and Psychology
Haemi Nam, Undergraduate Student, Political Science and Psychology
Mentors: Dr. Jared Lessard, Research Institute on Addictions, Dr. Rina Eiden, Research Institute on Addictions

FABP5 and 5/7 Deletion Suppresses Alcohol Consumption in Female Mice
Brendon Clavin, Doctoral Student, Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience program
Mentor: Dr. Panayotis Thanos, Research Institute on Addictions

HRV Biofeedback in Alcohol-Use Disordered Patients: A Feasibility Study
Marielle Darwin, PostBac Student, BS Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Rebecca Houston, Research Institute on Addictions

Endocannabinoid Modulation of Synaptic Function in the Spinal Cord Dorsal Horn
Kate Evely, Doctoral Student, School of Medicine, Neuroscience program
Mentor: Dr. Samir Haj-Dahmane, Research Institute on Addictions

Effects of Chronic Methylphenidate on Male Rats Body Weights and Performance on Elevated Plus Maze
Dennis Fricke, PostBac, BA Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Panayotis Thanos, Research Institute on Addictions

Differential Associations between Impulsivity Measures with Alcohol Treatment Outcome
Melissa Graham, Masters Student, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Rebecca Houston, Research Institute on Addictions

Protein Changes in the Striatum of the Brain after Short and Long Periods of Forced Abstinence from Cocaine in Rats
Pearl Guerin, Undergraduate Student, Psychology
Mauricio Suarez, Doctoral Student, Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience program
Mentor: Dr. Alexis Thompson, Research Institute on Addictions

Dopamine D2 Gene Expression Interacts with Environmental Enrichment to Impact Lifespan and Behavior
John Hamilton, Masters Student, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Panayotis Thanos, Research Institute on Addictions

Gut Dysbiosis Contributes to Neuroinflammation and Obesity
Liam Jermyn, Undergraduate Student, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Panayotis Thanos, Research Institute on Addictions

A Pharmacogenetic Method for the Persistent Increase in Brain Neuropeptide Y
Eric Kishel, Undergraduate Student, Biological Sciences and Psychology
Sarah Perrotta, Undergraduate Student, Biological Sciences and Psychology
Mentors: Dr. Alexis Thompson, Research Institute on Addictions, Dr. Caroline Bass, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Knockdown of Presynaptic D2 Receptors from Mesolimbic and Nigrostriatal Terminals: A mRNA Analysis
Yun Beom (Daniel) Lee, Undergraduate Student, Biochemistry and Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. Caroline Bass, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Relationship of Childhood Victimization to Self-Medication Beliefs, Psychiatric Distress, Alcohol Problems, and DWI
Brad Lin, Doctoral Student, Social Work
Mentors: Dr. Thomas Nochajski, School of Social Work, Dr. Paul Stasiewicz, Research Institute on Addictions

Readiness to Chance and Referral Predict Treatment Entry in DWI Offenders
Brad Lin, Doctoral Student, Social Work
Mentors: Dr. Thomas Nochajski, School of Social Work, Dr. Paul Stasiewicz, Research Institute on Addictions

Effects of Chronic Methylphenidate on Male Rats Performance on Locomotor Activity, Anxiety and Exploratory Behavior
Courtney Lowering, Undergraduate Student, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Panayotis Thanos, Research Institute on Addictions

Effects of FABP5 and FABP5/7 Gene Deletion on Depressive-like Behavior and Sucrose Reward
Matt Marion, Undergraduate Student, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Panayotis Thanos, Research Institute on Addictions

Drebrin Signaling Mediates Opiate-Induced Plasticity in the Nucleus Accumbens
Jennifer Martin, Doctoral Student, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Mentor: Dr. David Dietz, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Concurrent Reinforcement in an Animal Model of Autism - Improving Ecological Validity
Connor Martin, Masters Student, Psychology
Mentors: Dr. Larry Hawk, Psychology, Dr. Jerry Richards, Research Institute on Addictions

Self-Report and Neurophysiological Validation of the Substance Use Risk Profile Impulsivity and Sensation-seeking Scales 
Amanda Merner, PostBac Student, BS Psychology & BA SSI-Cognitive Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Rebecca Houston, Research Institute on Addictions

Sex Differences in Drug-Induced Dendritic Plasticity Following Heroin Self-Administration
Lauren Mueller, Doctoral Student, School of Medicine, Neuroscience program
Mentor: Dr. David Dietz, Pharmacology and Toxicology

In-Vivo Imaging: Neurovascular Assessment using Micro-CT
Mark Prytyskach, Undergraduate Student, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Panayotis Thanos, Research Institute on Addictions

Application of Academics to Psychophysiological Research in the Addiction Sciences: The Undergraduate Experience
Nicholas Santopetro, Undergraduate Student, Psychology
Nichole Hunter, Undergraduate Student, Psychology
Khadijah Jalloh, Undergraduate Student, SSI-Cognitive Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Rebecca Houston, Research Institute on Addictions

Predictors of Changes in Smoking from 3rd Trimester to 9 Months Postpartum
Shannon Shisler, Doctoral Student, Education, Educational Psychology and Quantitative Methods Program
Mentors: Dr. Danielle Molnar, Research Institute on Addictions, Dr. Rina Eiden, Research Institute on Addictions

Relationship with Sexual Assault Perpetrator and Drinking Outcomes: A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis
Rachael Smith, Doctoral Student, Psychology, Clinical program
James Zemer, Undergraduate Student, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Read, Psychology

Predicting Father's Aggravation during the Toddler Years: The Important Roles of Paternal Depression and Alcohol Problems
Jacqueline Szabat, Undergraduate Student, SSI-Health and Human Services
Mentors: Dr. Danielle Molnar, Research Institute on Addictions, Dr. Rina Eiden, Research Institute on Addictions

Effect of Chronic Methylphenidate on Male Rat Circadian Activity
Abisha Vijayashanthar, PostBac, BS Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Panayotis Thanos, Research Institute on Addictions

Animals Reared in Impoverished Conditions are Slower to Habituate to the Reinforcing Effect of Sensory Reinforcers
Ruixiang Wang, Doctoral Student, Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience program
Mentors: Dr. Roh-Yu Shen, Research Institute on Addictions, Dr. Jerry Richards, Research Institute on Addictions

Postnatal Environmental Enrichment Decreases Enhanced Drug Addiction Risk Caused by Prenatal Ethanol Exposure
Ruixiang Wang, Doctoral Student, Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience program
Mentor: Dr. Roh-Yu Shen, Research Institute on Addictions

Nicotine Blocks the Palatability Shift Associated with Previous Exposure to Ethanol
Gloria Wong, Undergraduate Student, Psychology
Mentors: Dr. Greg Loney, Psychology, Dr. Paul Meyer, Psychology