January 2022 Newsletter


A rather bitterly cold start to 2022.  Even Floridians have been impacted and iguanas have been dropping from the sky (really from trees) in a frozen stupor.  Some naïve collectors, thinking they were dead, woke to quite a surprise, finding their cars occupied by a bunch of leaping lizards!  Being a native Oklahoman, I didn’t even know iguanas hung out in trees.  Which is to say, there is the opportunity to learn something new [almost] every day.  AND from the looks of UF CARE endeavors over the past year, we have been doing a lot of successful learning!  Some of our members’ recent accomplishments are highlighted in subsequent sections.  Please take a look as we highlight a new podcast by one promising trainee, celebrate the successful progress of another, brag about the national recognition received by one of our early career scientists, and reflect on the continuing influence of some of our “seasoned” investigators.  Over this last year, we might have hoped to simply maintain our ground as a center and resource.  We have begun the process of gathering data for our annual updates which are presented formally at the UF CARE Annual Symposium.  And thanks to your tremendous effort, enthusiasm and expertise, we have far exceeded such an expectation.  CONGRATULATIONS. Obviously, I am having a difficult time not “spilling the beans”.  Finally, in the coming days, many of you will receive a VERY brief survey about the newsletter.  If you are a recipient, please take the 2-3 minutes required to provide your feedback.  It really does matter and the survey is anonymous.   

Here’s to warmer a February and the absence of reptiles falling from the sky!


Accomplishments & Events

Jay McLaughlin Speaks on the Secrets of Kratom

Jay McLaughlin, PhD, Professor in the Department of Pharmacodynamics, University of Florida, speaks with George Fejer to better understand the science of psychedelics, and implementing them in practice. 


Erica Levitt headshot

Erica Levitt Receives Neuropharmacology Early Career Award

Erica Levitt, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Florida, recieved a Neuropharmacology Early Career Award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). In recognition of Dr. Levitt's research on the mechanisms of opioid-induced respiratory depression in the Kölliker-Fuse nucleus as well as her outstanding record of opioid receptor scholarship and strong …



The Curious Case of Cannabis

Drs. Jennifer Bizon and Barry Setlow's recent work on cannabis can be seen in Physiologist Magazine. Cannabis has the potential to both harm and help the human body. Here’s what physiologists are learning about this controversial substance.



College of Medicine Research Day

February 15, 2022
4:00 - 8:30pm
Stephen C. O'Connell Center

For more information visit: researchaffairs.med.ufl.edu/news-events/2022-com-research-day/

Upcoming Deadlines

Psychology of Addictive Behaviors (PAB) Special Issue: “Addictive Behavior as Behavioral Allocation”

Submission deadline: February 15, 2022

The special issue honors Dr. Howard Rachlin, who died in 2021, in recognition of his seminal and wide-reaching influence on applied research on addictive behaviors. The call for papers at https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/adb/addictive-behavior-behavioral-allocation seeks manuscripts in all research areas on human addictive and health-risk behaviors spanning the basic to applied continuum that aim to understand addictive behavior as molar behavior allocation patterns over time. Conceptual, empirical, and methodological contributions that advance applied research on addictive behaviors and inform beneficial behavior change at the individual or community level will be considered. PAB seeks articles on a range of addictive and health-risk behaviors, including but not limited to substance use (e.g., risky sexual behavior, eating-related behaviors, physical activity, gambling). All contributions should make an explicit connection with Dr. Rachlin’s work that focused on understanding behavioral patterning over time in context.

Guest Editor Jalie A. Tucker and Associate Editors Joanna Buscemi, James Murphy, and Derek Reed

Upcoming Speakers and Newly Posted Podcasts

February 16, 2022 at 3:00pm

“Challenges in Conducting Translational Research in Addiction”

Harriet de Wit, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
The University of Chicago


March 16, 2022 at 3:00pm

David Belin, PhD
Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience
Department of Psychology
University of Cambridge

CARE Podcast 15 Erin Corcoran

UF CARE Podcast Affiliate Episode 15: Erin Corcoran, Department of Clinical & Health Psychology

UF CARE Affiliate Member Erin Corcoran joins Affiliate host Victor Schneider for our 15th Affiliate installment of the UF CARE Podcast. Erin is third year student in the Clinical Psychology Program studying adolescent risk behavior, including online risk behavior and the utilization of technology and parent involvement in prevention and intervention. She is in the Youth Risk and Resilience Lab, …


Invited Lectures/Presentation

Invited seminar speaker, Dr. Barry SetlowTransatlantic Systems Neuroscience Seminar, hosted by the Nencki Institute in Poland January 11, 2022.


Invited Seminar Presentation, Dr. Jeff Boissoneault, INTACT VR: A Virtual Reality Platform for the Measurement of Drinking Topography. Rutgers Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies Emerging Addiction Science Seminar Series, Jan. 27, 2022.


Invited seminar speaker, Dr. Barry SetlowUC Irvine Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory seminar series, Feb. 1, 2022.

Affiliate Accomplishments

Neo Gebru, doctoral candidate in Dept. of Health Education & Behavior (Dr. Robert Leeman's lab), has been accepted into the Postdoctoral Program at Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS). The position is a NIH-supported T32 fellowship, set to start fall of 2022. Neo will be primarily working under the mentorship of CAAS Director, Dr. Christopher Kahler, and Dr. Jennifer Merrill. Congratulations Neo!


Wonn Pyon in Drs. Jennifer Bizon and Barry Setlow's laboratory, Department of Psychiatry, passed his qualifying exam in December 2021. He is now an official PhD candidate. Congratulations, Wonn!


(UF CARE Members, Affiliate Members, and Alumni in Bold)

Ferguson, E., Fiore, A., Yurasek, A., Cook, R., & Boissoneault, J. (in press). Association of therapeutic and recreational reasons for alcohol use with alcohol demand. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Leeman, R. F., Berey, B. L., Frohe, T., Rowland, B. H. P., Martens, M. P., Fucito, L. M., Stellefson, M., Nixon, S. J., & O’Malley, S. S. (in press). A combined laboratory and field test of a smartphone breath alcohol device and blood alcohol content estimator to facilitate moderate drinking among young adults. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. doi: 10.1037/adb0000780

Peris J, Totten K, Montgomery D, Lester H, Weatherington A, Piotrowski B, Sowell S, Doyle K, Scott K, Tan Y, MacFadyen KA, Engle H, de Kloet AD, Krause EG. Conditioned social preference and reward value of activating oxytocin-receptor-expressing ventral tegmental area neurons following repeated daily binge ethanol intake. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2021 Dec 29. doi: 10.1111/acer.14769. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34964139

Reichmann, G., Parlier-Ahmad, A.B., Beck, L., Thakkar, B., Alappattu, M., Boissoneault, J., & Martin, C.E. (in press). Chronic Pelvic Pain and Sexual Dysfunction among Females and Males Receiving Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder. Frontiers in Pain Research. doi: doi.org/10.3389/fpain.2021.787559

Schneider, V. J., 2nd, Bush, N., Vitus, D., Carpenter, R. W., Robinson, M., & Boissoneault, J. (2021). A virtual reality platform for the measurement of drinking topography. Drug and alcohol dependence, 231, 109246. Advance online publication. doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.109246

Wilson LL, Eans SO, Ramadan-Siraj I, Modica MN, Intagliata S, McLaughlin JP: Examination of the novel sigma-1 receptor antagonist, SI 1/28, for antinociceptive and anti-allodynic efficacy against multiple types of nociception with fewer liabilities of use.  Int J Mol Sci (Themed issue: “The intriguing Sigma-1 and Sigma-2 receptors and their potential therapeutic roles”) 2022, 23:615-628. doi.org/10.3390/ijms23020615

Career & Training Opportunities


Addiction Scientist Position (94383)

The Department of Psychiatry at UF is seeking to fill a new faculty position with a dynamic clinical addiction scientist. Please participate in this search by sharing this position (https://facultyjobs.hr.ufl.edu/posting/94383) to those who might be interested and those who might know qualified candidates or, if appropriate, consider the position yourself!


Research Coordinator Level III (518944)

Independently coordinates community-based human research protocols and related activities in the Department of Health Education and Behavior and Center for Behavioral Economic Health Research under minimal supervision. Serves as the lead staff position for the overall implementation and day-to-day conduct of community-based human research protocols investigating risky drinking and related health behaviors including recruitment and retention of participants, data collection, IRB and budget management, and coordination of the work of other research staff and students.   https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/518944/research-coordinator-iii


Post-Doctoral Research Associate (87187) 

The UF Center for Behavioral Economic Health Research is accepting applications for a postdoctoral research associate to begin in 2022 (start date negotiable). Center-affiliated faculty are engaged in collaborative research projects on substance misuse; HIV, STI and sexual risk behaviors; physical inactivity; and unhealthy eating behaviors that offer exciting educational opportunities. The postdoctoral research associate will work closely with CBEHR Director Jalie Tucker and other Center faculty members with research programs variously funded by CDC, DOD, NIA, NIAAA, NCI, NIDA, NIMHD, NHLBI, and SAMSHA (CBEHR Faculty). Center investigators utilize a range of laboratory and field research methods including digital applications. The postdoctoral associate will gain skills and expertise to be successful as an independent investigator through participation in existing and planned research projects, manuscript preparation, grant development, seminars and related educational experiences, supervision of Center research assistants and staff, and other Center and professional service activities. This is a time-limited 12-month, non-tenure track position with an initial 2-year appointment, conditional on satisfactory performance. Compensation competitive with NIH postdoctoral fellowship stipend levels.  Interested candidates should submit their CV and a cover letter describing their research experience and interests to Dr. Jalie Tucker (jaliet@ufl.edu). Position URL apply.interfolio.com/99002