Student Projects 2018

The following posters were presented at the Open House on Student Research in Addiction Sciences on April 25, 2018. They are listed alphabetically by student name.

Examining Substance Use Disorders in a Forensic Setting 
Joshua H. Andrzejewski, Graduate Student, Counseling Psychology      
Mentor:  Dr. Daniel Antonius, Psychiatry

The Influential Factors that Increase the Likelihood of Alcohol Use Across the Lifespan
Lara Balawejder, Undergraduate Student, Psychology and Counseling
Mentor:  Dr. Kimberly Walitzer, Research Institute on Addictions

Exploring Concurrent Alcohol and Tobacco Use Among Sexual Minority and Heterosexual Women
Jessica A. Blayney, Graduate Student, Psychology
Mentor:  Dr. Amy Hequembourg, Research Institute on Addictions

Co-Prescription Rates of Opioid and Benzodiazepine in Western New York  
Sonia Brar, Graduate Student, Medicine      
Mentor:  Dr. Peter Elkin, Biomedical Informatics

Chronic Oral Methylphenidate Treatment Increases Neuroinflammation  
Emily Carias, Postbaccalaureate Fellow, Research Institute on Addictions      
Mentor:  Dr. Panayotis K. Thanos, Research Institute on Addictions

Fatty Acid Binding Protein 5 and 7 Deletion Increases Sucrose Consumption and Diminishes Forced Swim Immobility Time  
Antonio Figueiredo, Postbaccalaureate Fellow, Research Institute on Addictions
Mihir Bommakanti, Undergraduate Student, Biological Sciences    
Mentor:  Dr. Panayotis K. Thanos, Research Institute on Addictions

Gastric Bypass Surgery Increases Ethanol Consumption and Attenuates Obesity-induced Effects on Dopamine D1, D2, and DAT Levels  
John Hamilton, Graduate Student, Psychology      
Mentor:  Dr. Panayotis K. Thanos, Research Institute on Addictions

DRD4 Gene Sex Differences in Cocaine Conditioned Place Preference and Locomotor Activity
Eleftherios M. Hetelekides, Postbaccalaureate Fellow, Psychology      
Mentor:  Dr. Panayotis K. Thanos, Research Institute on Addictions

Impact of Brief and Extended Drug Abstinence Periods on Behavioral Consequences of Chronic Oral Methylphenidate Treatment in Adolescent Male Rats  
Leanna Kalinowski, Graduate Student, Psychology  
Rathini Somanesan, Postbaccalaureate Fellow, Research Institute on Addictions
Carly Connor, Undergraduate, Psychology  
Mentor:  Dr. Panayotis K. Thanos, Research Institute on Addictions

Endocannabinoid Regulation of Operant Responding to Predictive Incentive Cues for a Sucrose Reward  
Martin P.K. Leigh, Graduate Student, Pharmacology and Toxicology      
Mentor: Dr. Caroline E. Bass, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Fatty Acid Binding Protein Deletion Prevents Stress-Induced Preference for Cocaine and Dampens Stress-Induced Corticosterone Levels  
Matt Marion, Undergraduate Student, Cognitive Science     
Mentor:  Dr. Panayotis K. Thanos, Research Institute on Addiction

Chronic Oral Methylphenidate Exposure with a Weekend Drug Abstinence Period Produces Reversible Changes in Brain Glucose Metabolism using 18FDG PET  
Connor D. Martin, Graduate Student, Behavioral Neuroscience       
Mentor:  Dr. Panayotis K. Thanos, Research Institute on Addictions

The Actin-Binding Protein Drebrin Mediates Opiate-Induced Neuroplasticity  
Jennifer A. Martin, Graduate Student, Pharmacology and Toxicology      
Mentor:  Dr. David M. Dietz, Research Institute on Addictions

Examining Alcohol Abstinence Self-Efficacy as a Mediator of the Relationship between the Therapeutic Alliance and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Outcomes: The Impact of Time of Self-Efficacy and Cognitive Functioning  
Samuel N. Meisel, Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology     
Mentor: Dr. Kimberly Walitzer, Research Institute on Addictions

Developing an Assay to Compare the Opioid-Enhancement Effect on Pain Sensitivity of Different Components of Amniotic Fluid  
Maria Ng, Undergraduate Student, Psychology  
Kyra Nowak, Undergraduate Student, Psychology and Health and Humans Services  
Caryn Yuen, Undergraduate Student, Psychology  
Mentor:  Dr. Alexis C. Thompson, Research Institute on Addictions

Trauma Informed Care and its Application to Professional Fields  
Jonathan M. Puma, Graduate Student, Social Work      
Mentor:  Molly Rath, LMSW, CASAC, Research Institute on Addictions

Methamphetamine Mediated Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Microglial Apoptosis
Elizabeth H. Quaye, Undergraduate Student, Pharmacology and Toxicology      
Mentor:  Dr. Supriya D. Mahajan, Medicine

Changes in Brain Glucose Metabolism in Male and Female Rats following Chronic Oral Methylphenidate Exposure and Cessation  
Kaleigh Richer, Graduate Student, Psychology      
Mentor:  Dr. Panayotis K. Thanos, Research Institute on Addictions

Cocaine Exposure and Caregiving Status: Sex Differences and Effects on Child Behavior Problems at Kindergarten Age  
Ariana J. Roman, Undergraduate Student, Psychology      
Mentor:  Dr. Rina Das Eiden, Research Institute on Addictions

Link between Types of Peer Victimization and Later Alcohol Use: Self-control as a Moderator  
Young Sik Seo, Graduate Student, Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology       
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer A. Livingston, Research Institute on Addictions

Mental Health, Physical Health, and Stigma in Children of Alcoholics  
Ayla Stafford, Undergraduate Student, Psychology     
Mentor:  Dr. Kimberly Walitzer, Research Institute on Addictions

Prenatal Cigarette and Marijuana Exposure: Group Differences in Emotional Reactivity and Task Persistence in Response to Frustration  
Samantha Stanford, Undergraduate Student, Psychology     
Mentor:  Dr. Pamela Schuetze, Research Institute on Addictions

Chromatin Remodeling Complex INO80 Regulates Cocaine Seeking  
Andrew Stewart, Undergraduate Student, Medicinal Chemistry       
Mentor:  Dr. David M. Dietz, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Aerobic Exercise Reduces Dopamine D1R and Increases D2R in Rats: Implications for Drug Abuse Treatment
Sabrina Swenson, Postbaccalaureate Fellow, Research Institute on Addictions    
Mentor:  Dr. Panayotis K. Thanos, Research Institute on Addictions

The Role of Maternal Childhood Trauma and Dysregulation Predicting Harsh Parenting in Infancy
Sarah Teh, Postbaccalaureate Fellow, Psychology      
Mentors:  Shannon Shisler, MA, and Dr. Rina Das Eiden, Research Institute on Addictions

Oxycodone-Induced Changes in the Pre-frontal Cortex: Insights on Prescription vs Addiction  
Shruthi A. Thomas, Graduate Student, Pharmacology and Toxicology      
Mentor:  Dr. David M. Dietz, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Examination of E3 Ubiquitin Ligase Smurf1 following Abstinence from Cocaine Self-Administration  
Rathipriya Viswanathan, Graduate Student, Neuroscience      
Mentor:  Dr. David M. Dietz, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Impaired Excitatory Synaptic Function in Medial Prefrontal Cortex could Mediate Attention Deficits Caused by Prenatal Ethanol Exposure  
Ruixiang Wang, Graduate Student, Behavioral Neuroscience      
Mentor:  Dr. Roh-Yu Shen, Research Institute on Addictions