McKnight Brain Institute Rising Star: Shelby Blaes

UF CARE Affiliate Member Shelby Blaes, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of neuroscience, is the latest investigator to be featured in MBI Rising Stars, a video series highlighting up-and-coming neuroscience researchers at the University of Florida. 


Drs. Nixon, Davis, Cook, and Leeman

Note From the Director: Inaugural Co-Sponsored Seminar with SHARC

Thanks to all who attended the Inaugural Seminar co-sponsored by the Southern HIV & Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC) and the UF Center for Addiction Research & Education held this week. Dr. Kelly Cue Davis’ lecture highlighted her work integrating alcohol effects, sexual aggression, and sexual risk. It was a stellar exemplar of using theoretically-driven, empirically informed clinical research to address …



Podcast Episode 5 - Linda Cottler

UF CARE Podcast Episode 5: Dr. Linda Cottler, Department of Epidemiology

UF CARE Podcast Host Dr. Oliver Grundmann is joined this episode by UF CARE member Dr. Linda Cottler, Associate Dean for Research & Dean's Professor in the Department of Epidemiology (Department Profile). Listen Now »

Dr. Barry Setlow Podcast Episode 6

UF CARE Podcast Episode 6: Dr. Barry Setlow

UF CARE Podcast Host Dr. Oliver Grundmann is joined this episode by UF CARE member Dr. Barry Setlow, Professor, UF Department of Psychiatry (Department Profile).

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Jill Sutton, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor and Licensed Psychologist
Department of Psychiatry, Division of Addiction Medicine
University of Florida, College of Medicine

Dr. Sutton is a UF faculty member and Clinical Psychologist. Her primary office is located at the Florida Recovery Center (FRC).  She provides clinical care for patients presenting with substance use disorders and is also faculty mentor and advisor for the undergraduate research team at the FRC.


Hebaalla Agha, Graduate Student, Mentor: Dr. Christopher McCurdy

Jordan Bateman, Graduate Student, Mentor: Dr. Erica Levitt

Mallory Burns, Graduate Student, Mentor: Dr. Christopher McCurdy

Morgan Crowley, Graduate Student, Mentor: Dr. Christopher McCurdy

Dr. Mojdeh Faraji, Postdoctoral Associate, Mentor: Dr. Barry Setlow

Dr. Christina Gobin, Postdoctoral Associate, Mentor: Dr. Brandon Warren

Avi Patel, Undergraduate, Mentor: Dr. Lance McMahon

Wonn Pyon, Graduate Student, Mentor: Dr. Barry Setlow

Morgan Reeve, Undergraduate, Mentor: Dr. Lance McMahon

Sandy Saunders, Graduate Student, Mentor: Dr. Erica Levitt

Marni Shabash, Undergraduate, Mentor: Dr. Sara Jo Nixon

Bo Sortman, Graduate Student, Mentor: Dr. Brandon Warren

Morgan Williamson, Pharm.D. Student, Mentor: Dr. Lance McMahon

Sabrina Zequeira, Graduate Student, Mentor: Dr. Barry Setlow

Julio Zuarth Gonzalez, Graduate Student, Mentor: Dr. Lance McMahon

Mentors please nominate your trainees to become Affiliate Members: Nomination Form



UF CARE Affiliate Member Erin Ferguson has received a Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Graduate Student Small Grant: "The Impact of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness on Alcohol and Marijuana Demand Among Co-Users"

New Publications:

Bioanalytical method development and validation of corynantheidine, a kratom alkaloid, using UPLC-MS/MS, and its application to preclinical pharmacokinetic studies. King TI, Sharma A, Kamble SH, León F, Berthold EC, Popa R, Cerlati O, Prentice BM, McMahon LR, McCurdy CR, Avery BA. J Pharm Biomed Anal 180, 20 February 2020, 113019. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpba.2019.113019  PMID: 31838282

Investigation of the Adrenergic and Opioid Binding Affinities, Metabolic Stability, Plasma Protein Binding Properties, and Functional Effects of Selected Indole-Based Kratom Alkaloids. Obeng S, Kamble SH, Reeves ME, Restrepo LF, Patel A, Behnke M, Chear NJ, Ramanathan S, Sharma A, León F, Hiranita T, Avery BA, McMahon LR, McCurdy CR. J Med Chem 63, 1, 433-439. doi: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jmedchem.9b01465 [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 31834797

Exploration of cytochrome P450 inhibition mediated drug-drug interaction potential of kratom alkaloids. Kamble SH, Sharma A, King TI, Berthold EC, León F, Meyer PKL, Kanumuri SRR, McMahon LR, McCurdy CR, Avery BA. Toxicol Lett. 2020 Feb 1;319:148-154. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.toxlet.2019.11.005  PMID: 31707106

Regional Increases in Brain Signal Variability Predict Pain Intensity Reductions Following Repeated Eccentric Exercise Bouts. Boissoneault, J., Sevel, L., Stennett, B., Alappattu, M., Bishop, M., & Robinson, M. European Journal of Pain 2020 Apr;24(4):818-827. doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/ejp.1532 PMID: 31976587
Improving Electronic Health Record Prediction of Musculoskeletal Pain Outcome to Meet National Research Priorities. George, S.Z., Lentz, T.A., Beneciuk, J.M., Bhavsar, N.A., Mundt, J., & Boissoneault J. (in press).  PAIN Reports.

Novel Associations among Trauma, Mindfulness, and Impaired Control over Alcohol Use. Frohe, T., Leeman, RF., Cheong, JW., Belton, DA., & Patock-Peckham, J. (2019). Mindfulness 11, 606–614. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-019-01285-6

PrEP awareness among people living with HIV in Florida: Florida cohort study. Algarin, A. B., Zhou, Z., Canidate, S., Gebru, N.M., Krieger, J. K., Neil, J. M., Huber, K., Cook, R. L., Ibanez, G. E. (2020). AIDS Care 2020 Jan 21:1-6. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2020.1717421 PMID:31960703

Communication strategies for designing Facebook advertising campaigns to recruit rural participants to develop healthcare interventions. Flood-Grady, E., Hough, D., Damiani, R.E., Gebru, N.M., Fedele, D.A., Leeman, R.D., & Krieger, J.L. (in press).  Journal of Clinical and Translational Science.

Kölliker-Fuse/Parabrachial complex mu opioid receptors contribute to fentanyl-induced apnea and respiratory rate depression. Sauders, S.E. & Levitt, E.S. (2020). Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2020 Jan 15;275:103388. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resp.2020.103388 PMID:31953234

Pre-resolution drinking problem severity profiles associated with stable moderation outcomes of natural recovery attempts. Tucker, J. A., Cheong, J., James, T., Jung, S., & Chandler, S. D. (2020). Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research 44(3):738-745.. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/acer.14287 PMID:31984515

Predicting HIV Testing in low threshold community contexts: A naturalistic study of test choices among young African American women in the Southern United States. Tucker, J. A., Cheong, J., & Chandler, S. D. (2019). AIDS Care. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2019.1668522 PMID:31526051

Abstinence not required: Expanding the definition of recovery from alcohol use disorder. Witkiewitz, K., & Tucker, J. A. (2019). Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/acer.14235 PMID:31709568

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Invited Speaking Engagements:

Pharmacology and Toxicology Seminar Series at University at Buffalo (Nov 2019), Dr. Lance McMahon

SCAR Seminar Visit at Temple University (Feb. 2020), Dr. Lance McMahon


Recent Symposia:

SPAR Symposium (Dec. 2019), Dr. Lance McMahon

Winter Brain Conference (Jan. 2020), Dr. Lance McMahon

Behavior, Biology, and Chemistry Conference (Feb. 2020), Dr. Lance McMahon


UF CARE Affiliate Member News:

Ben Berey has accepted a T32 post-doctoral fellowship offer from the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS) at the Brown School of Public Health, Providence, RI.

Tessa Frohe has accepted a T32 post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Washington, working on a Housing First initiative.

Julianne Price has accepted a T32 post-doctoral fellowship offer from Rutgers, working on the NIAAA T32 MNADRT (Molecular Neuroscience of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Training)


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