Dr. Ryan LacyLacy-Ryan
Department of Psychology
Franklin & Marshall College

Dr. Ryan Lacy received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. His dissertation research focused on developing an animal model of prenatal nicotine exposure and examined the future susceptibility to drug abuse behaviors in exposed offspring.  Dr. Lacy also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Davidson College where he investigated the effects of exercise and social interactions on drug self-administration. His research interests are focused on factors that influence learning and motivated behavior as they relate to drug abuse liability at the preclinical level. The goal of this research is to understand the multi-faceted problem of drug abuse, using animal models, and how this research can inform our knowledge of drug use/abuse in human populations.


Justin Strickland
Department of Psychology
University of Kentucky
Email: justrickland@uky.edu

Justin Strickland received his B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Davidson College in 2014 and his M.S. from the University of Kentucky in 2016. During his time at Davidson, he conducted preclinical animal behavioral pharmacology research under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Smith. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Kentucky in the experimental psychology program under the direction of Dr. William Stoops.

His research focuses on using human laboratory techniques to understand the behavioral and pharmacological mechanisms contributing to cocaine and other substance use disorders. He utilizes an interdisciplinary approach by combining techniques and theoretical perspectives used in the experimental analysis of behavior, neuroscience, and behavioral economics. He is particularly interested in the role that exteroceptive and interoceptive drug cues play in the development of substance use disorders and their resistance to treatment interventions.

ISGIDAR CPDD Meeting 2019

June 15th, 2019


The mission of ISGIDAR is to promote interest in, and to facilitate the dissemination of, new information related to drugs as reinforcers, especially as it may relate to human drug abuse.
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