Sheketha Hauser, Ph.D.

Sheketha R. Hauser, Ph.D. 
Assistant Research Professor of Psychiatry

Personal Statement  Alcohol use disorders are a serious public health problem that increases morbidity and mortality rates, and costs society billions of dollars a year in treatment. Treating alcohol use disorders has proven to be a challenging task because of the high rates of relapse and alcohol taking behaviors. Genetic vulnerabilities increase the risk of alcohol dependence as well as the co-abuse of alcohol with other drugs of abuse. My research focuses on the influence of genetic factors on development of alcohol addiction, as well as the co-abuse of alcohol with other drugs (i.e., nicotine, cocaine).

Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Graduate School:  Howard University

Postdoctoral fellowship:  Indiana University School of Medicine

Current Academic Interests  Teaching: I am a preceptor for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine-I course for 1st year Medical students. 

Research: My research uses the selectively genetic bred alcohol preferring animal models to examine the neural substrates and neuronal mechanisms underlying compulsive drug-taking and drug-seeking behaviors.  
Recent Publications 

Deehan, GA Jr, Hauser SR, Knight CP, Waiess RA, Toalston JE, Truitt WA, McBride WJ, Rodd ZA (2015) Co-Administration of Ethanol and Nicotine: The Enduring Alterations in the Rewarding Properties of Nicotine and Glutamate Activity within the Mesocorticolimbic System of Female Alcohol-Preferring (P) Rat. Psychopharmacology. 232:4293-302.


Franklin KM*, Hauser SR*, Lasek AW, William J. McBride WJ, Bell RL (2015) Involvement of purinergic P2X4 receptors in alcohol intake of high-alcohol-drinking (HAD) rats. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 39:2022-31. (*Co-first authors)


Hauser SR, Deehan GA Jr, Dhaher R, Knight CP, Wilden JA, McBride WJ, Rodd ZA (2015) D1 receptors in the nucleus accumbens-shell, but not the core, are involved in mediating ethanol-seeking behavior of alcohol-preferring (P) rats. Neuroscience 295:243-51.


Hauser  SR, Hedlund PB,  Roberts AJ,  Sari Y, Bell RL, Engleman EA  (2015) The 5-HT-7 receptor as a potential target for treating drug and alcohol abuse. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 8:448.


 Truitt WA, Hauser SR, Deehan Jr. GA, Toalston JE, Wilden JA, Bell RL,  McBride WJ, Rodd ZA (2015) Ethanol and Nicotine Interaction within the Posterior Ventral Tegmental Area: Evidence of Synergy and Differential Gene Activation in the Nucleus Accumbens Shell. Psychopharmacology 232:639-49.



Hauser SR, Wilden JA, Deehan Jr. GA, McBride WJ, Rodd ZA (2014) Cocaine Influences Alcohol-Seeking Behavior and Relapse Drinking in Alcohol-Preferring (P) Rats. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 38:2678-86.


Hauser SR, Deehan Jr. GA, Toalston JE, Bell RL, McBride WJ, Rodd ZA (2014) Enhanced Alcohol-Seeking Behavior by Nicotine in the Posterior Ventral Tegmental Area of Female Alcohol-Preferring (P) rats:  Modulation by Serotonin-3 and Nicotinic Cholinergic Receptors. Psychopharmacology 231:3745-5.


Wilden JA, Qing KY, Hauser SR, McBride WJ, Irazoqui PP, Rodd ZA (2014) Reduced ethanol consumption by alcohol-preferring (P) rats following pharmacological silencing and deep brain stimulation of the nucleus accumbens shell. J Neurosurg 120:997-1005.


Hauser SR, Bracken AL, Deehan GA Jr, Toalston JE, Ding ZM, Truitt WA, Bell RL, McBride WJ, Rodd ZA (2013) Selective breeding for high alcohol preference increases the sensitivity of the posterior VTA to the reinforcing effects of nicotine. Addict Biol 19:800-11.


Hauser SR, Katner SN, Deehan Jr GA, Ding Z-M, Toalston JE, Scott BJ, Bell RL, McBride WJ, Rodd  ZA (2012) Development of an Oral Operant Nicotine/Ethanol Co-Use Model in Alcohol-Preferring (P) Rats . Alcohol Clin Exp Res 36:1963-72.

Sheketha Hauser, Ph.D.

Department of Psychiatry | 355 W. 16th St., Suite 4800 | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | Ph: (317) 963-7288 | Fax: (317) 963-7313