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10th Annual NCF SfN Chapter Conference

Registration is now open for the conference which takes place January 31. 

Featuring: Poster Session and Awards, Neuroscience Speaker Series, Panel Discussion: "Tools for Resiliency: Health and Wellness in Academia"

Register Now (Deadline for Poster Abstracts and Registration is January 20)

Read the ISBRA BULLETIN Second Issue

UF CARE member Dr. Robert Leeman co-chairs the new ISBRA Communications Committee, which produces the ISBRA Bulletin.  UF CARE Affiliate member Neo Gebru also serves on the committee.  Read the second issue here for international news regarding alcohol research and clinical care including news about international conferences, jobs and research/funding opportunities.

Naloxone Saves Lives Effort Launched

This effort hightlights a cooperative effort between UF HealthStreet and the Florida Department of Health. UF CARE Members Drs. Linda Cottler and Catherine Striley presented data on the context of opioid overdose in Alachua County and Florida, then Dr. Henry Young of the Department of Emergency Medicine demonstrated use of the naloxone nasal mist. The event also featured remarks by Deans Michael Perri and Julie Johnson, as well as CTSI Co-Director Elizabeth Shenkman.  Life-saving naloxone was distributed to interested attendees.

NIDA-funded T32 Welcomes Applications for Postdoctoral Positions

The UF Substance Abuse Training Center in Public Health (Director Dr. Linda Cottler) is welcoming applications for two postdoctoral positions, one to start between now and mid-June, and another to start after July 1, 2020. More information can be found here:,  Interested parties should contact Tamara Millay (



Podcast Episode 4 Dr. Knackstedt

UF CARE Podcast Episode 4: Dr. Lori Knackstedt, Department of Psychology

UF CARE Podcast Host Dr. Oliver Grundmann is joined this episode by UF CARE member Dr. Lori Knackstedt, Associate Professor, UF Department of Psychology.  Read more about Dr. Knackstedt's research on her website.





Berey, B. L.*, Leeman, R. F.*, Chavarria, J., & King, A. C.(2019). Relationships between generalized impulsivity and subjective stimulant and sedative responses following alcohol administration. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 33, 616-625.

Boissoneault, J.*, Stennett, B.*, & Robinson, M. E. (2019). Acute Alcohol Intake Alters Resting State Functional Connectivity of Nucleus Accumbens with Pain-related Corticolimbic Structures. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 107811.

Frohe, T.*, Beseler, C. L., Mendoza, A., Cottler, L B.*, & Leeman, R. F.* (2019). Perceived health, medical and psychiatric conditions in individual and dual-use of marijuana and nonprescription opioids. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 87, 859-871.

Frohe, T.*, Leeman, R. F.*, Cheong, J. W.*, Belton, D. A., & Patock-Peckham, J. A. (in press). Novel associations among trauma, mindfulness, and impaired control over alcohol use. Mindfulness.

Royzman, E. B., Cusimano, C., Metas, S., & Leeman, R. F.* (in press). Is opposition to genetically modified food “morally absolutist”? A consequence-based perspective. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Salloum, RG., Huo, J., Lee, JH., Lee, J.*^, Dallery, J.*, George, T., Warren, G. Tobacco and e-cigarette use among cancer survivors in the United States. PLoS One. 2019 Dec 9; 14: e0226110.

^Juhan Lee, a UF CARE Affiliate Member, contributed to this study as a data analyst.

* UF CARE Members & Affiliates


Dr. Katherine Wright Awarded NIH F32 Fellowship

UF CARE Affiliate Member Dr. Katherine Wright, a postdoc in Dr. Daniel Wesson's laboratory, has received a 3 year NIH F32 fellowship titled, “Learned olfactory preferences and estradiol”.


Dr. Lori Knacksted was elected as a Full Member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) in December 2019.

UF CARE Affiliates Tessa Frohe and Christian Garcia were recipients of Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction (CPA) Graduate Student Travel Award to attend the Annual Meeting in April 2020.

UF CARE Affiliate Christian Garcia was recipient of a travel award to attend the Volterra Conference "Alcoholism and Stress: A Framework for Future Treatment Strategies" in May 2020, where he will present a poster.


Dr. Robert Leeman will present a talk entitled “Use of Human Laboratory Models to Learn about Etiology and New Interventions for Addictive Behaviors” at UMass Amherst, 2:30 PM, January 28, 2020.


Frohe, T.*, Benvenuti, MC.*, Chauca, P., & Leeman, RF.* (2020, April) Mobile Health Intervention App Development for Behavioral Researchers: Obstacles and Ways Forward. Poster will be presented at the annual Collaborative Perspectives on Addictions (CPA) Conference. San Diego, CA, USA.



UF CARE Seminar Series:

(UF CARE Seminars begin at 3pm unless otherwise noted)

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February 6, 2020

(Special McKnight Brain Institute Neuroscience Seminar)

"DNA methylcytosine oxidation in addiction"

Dr. Jian Feng

Assistant Professor of Biological Science & Neuroscience, Florida State University

9:00 AM, February 6, 2020

 Location: DeWeese Auditorium, LG-101A, McKnight Brain Institute


February 19, 2020

(SHARC / UF CARE Co-Sponsorship)

Dr. Kelly Cue Davis

Associate Professor,  Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University

3:00 PM, February 19, 2020

Location: TBA Reitz Union



March 18, 2020

*UF CARE Seminar Series Invited Speaker*


March 27, 2020

(UF Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds)


April 6, 2020

Save the Date: UF CARE Eighth Annual Symposium

"Risk/Resiliency & Recovery"

UF McKnight Brain Institute, DeWeese Auditorium

Featuring Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Charles Chavkin

Allan and Phyllis Treuer Endowed Chair of Pain Research and  Professor,  Department of Pharmacology, University of Washington (Bio)

Dr. Anna Rose Childress

Research Professor and Director, Brain-Behavioral Vulnerabilities Laboratory, Center for Studies of Addiction, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine (Bio)