Featured Research


Dr. Donald Lysle: Morphine and Its Preventive Effect on PTSD
Dr. Lysle and his research team established the first animal research that supports the use of morphine as a prophylactic pharmaceutical treatment for PTSD. In these studies, rats were exposed to the stress-enhanced fear learning (SEFL) paradigm, an animal model of PTSD, and administered morphine at different times following the initial traumatic stress. The results showed that morphine completely blocks the development of SEFL when administered 48 hours, but not immediately, following the initial trauma.

Dr. Deborah Jones: Temper Tantrum App
Current estimates suggest that less than half of individuals in need of mental health treatment receive services. Technology is always evolving, but in Dr. Deborah Jones’ lab, her team is working to use smartphones as a delivery vehicle for treatment. Smartphones are a cost-effective option to provide access to functionality that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive. By capitalizing on the increased use of smartphones among low-income consumes, Dr. Jones can help provide support and feedback for early onset problem behaviors.

Dr. Kelly Giovanello: Relational Memory, Concussions, and Neuroimaging
Dr. Giovanello is interested in specifying the cognitive and neural processes mediating relational memory and examining how these processes change with healthy aging, mild cognitive impairment, and concussion. Both concussion history and football participation history contribute to differential neural recruitment. In her study, concussion history had a stronger association than cumulative football participation history. History of concussions, rather than cumulative burden of sub-concussive impacts, may have a stronger effect on later-life neural efficiency.