Faculty Research

Substance Abuse Research Programs

The ADARP Program is not a department on campus and does not make faculty appointments. Faculty associated with the program reside in departments across the WSU campus and are united by a common interest in the biological and sociological mechanisms of substance abuse. Research programs range from examining abuse patterns in Washington State to determining changes in gene expression following cocaine or alcohol administration to experimental animals.

Faculty Researchers

Suzanne Appleyard
Integrative Physiology & Neuroscience
  • Metabolic & homeostatic systems
  • Molecular & cellular neuroscience
Erica Weintraub Austin
Professor and Director
Murrow Center

  • Children’s social development
  • Media and parents in children’s decision making about substance abuse.
  • Media literacy prevention programs
Celestina Barbosa-Leiker
Vice Chancellor & Associate Professor

  • Perinatal substance use
  • Substance use across the lifespan
  • Substance use related to cognitive decline, sex/gender differences
R. Lane Brown
Associate Professor
Integrative Physiology & Neuroscience
  • Molecular & cellular neuroscience
  • Sensory neuroscience & pain
Travis Brown
Associate Professor

Integrative Physiology & Neuroscience
  • Neurobiological mechanisms of drug addiction and obesity
Michael Cleveland
Human Development
  • Sustaining recovery among youth and emerging adults
  • Developing Health Interventions to prevent relapse
Brittney Cooper
Associate Professor 
Human Development
  • Dissemination and Implementation Science
  • Translational Research
  • Evidence-based Program Sustainability
  • Evidence-based Program Adaptation
  • Prevention Workforce Development
Rebecca Craft
Professor Emerita
Department of Psychology
  • Sex differences in drug effects; gonadal hormone modulation of pain and analgesia.
Carrie Cuttler
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
  • Influence of Cannabis on Cognition
  • Mental Health
  • Stress
Dmitri Davydov
Adjunct Faculty
Department of Chemistry
  • Chronic alcohol exposure on drug metabolism
  • Cytochrome P450-dependent signaling
Kristen Delevich
Assistant Professor
Integrative Physiology & Neuroscience kristen.delevich@wsu.edu
  • Emotion, motivation, reward & addiction
  • Reproductive biology
Hans. P. A. Van Dongen
Professor & Director
Sleep & Performance Research Center hvd@wsu.edu
  • Smoking cessation
  • Opioid use disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep physiology
  • Neurobehavioral Performance
Kathryn Dubois
Associate Professor
Department of Criminal Justice
  • Epidemiology of intimate partner violence and sexual assault
  • Violence in small towns
  • Rural crime and justice
  • Environmental criminology
  • Public health approaches to alcohol and drug policy
Dennis Dyck
Department of Psychology

  • Emotion, motivation, reward & addiction
  • Molecular & cellular neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Systems biology
Rita Fuchs
Integrative Physiology & Neuroscience rita.fuchs@wsu.edu
  • Emotion, motivation, reward & addiction
  • Molecular & cellular neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Systems biology
Michael Gaffney
Associate Director
Governmental Studies & Services mjgaffney@wsu.edu

  • Opioid enforcement
  • DWI enforcement
Kanako Hayashi
School of Molecular Biosciences k.hayashi@wsu.edu
  • Cannabis
Laura Hill
Sr. Vice Provost
Provost Office

  • Prevention of substance use/misuse
Faith Lutze
Department of Criminal Justice
  • Drug courts and their effectiveness in increasing sobriety and reducing recidivism for adult felons, juvenile delinquents, and for parents whose children have become dependent on the state.
Michael Morgan
Department of Psychology
  • Neural basis of pain modulation and morphine tolerance.
Raymond Quock
Department of Psychology
  • Pharmacology of medical gases
Thomas Rotolo
Department of Sociology
  • Statistics/methodology
  • Substance abuse
  • Voluntary associations and organizations
Jennifer Schwartz
Department of Sociology
  • Research tracks changes over time and group differences in alcohol and drug use
  • Social and legal consequences, and correlates of substance abuse
Tracy Klein
Associate Professor
Department of Nursing taklein@wsu.edu
  • Intersection between policy/regulation, perspective authority, and scope of practice.
  • Interest in medical cannabis and healthcare practices related to controlled substances.
Marian Wilson
Associate Professor
  • Opioid use disorder and withdrawal
  • Cannabis and Pain.
David Rossi
Associate Professor
Integrative Physiology & Neuroscience rossid@vetmed.wsu.edu
  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Mechanisms of cannabis actions
  • Impacts of drugs of abuse on brain development and/or during chronic use in adults
Bert Tanner
Adjunct Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Impact of drugs of abuse on cardiac muscle function.
Mingxin Shi
Postdoc Student
School of Molecular Biosciences
  • Media literacy associates with lower disinformation beliefs and that disinformation beliefs are associated with problematic substance use.