Zachary Rodd, Ph.D.

Zachary A. Rodd, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry


Personal Statement  Drug addiction is arguably the most prevalent psychological disorder in the United States and worldwide. The lack of sufficient treatment for this common disorder could, in part, be based upon inadequate models that parallel the human condition of addiction. To understand, and treat, the complex process of drug addiction multifaceted models and approaches are required. Therefore, my research is focused on the development of novel models of drug addiction and other psychological disorders.
Education  Undergraduate: University at Albany: SUNY

Graduate School: University at Albany: SUNY

Fellowship: Indiana University School of Medicine
Current Academic Interests  Your current academic interests go here.

Teaching: I am currently a preceptor on a research training program in the genetic aspects of alcoholism. I am also a preceptor for a first year medical course that introduces new medical students to the dynamics of doctor-patient interactions. In addition, I act as a mentor to post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

Research: My current research projects include the examination of the natural reward system, the development of novel drug-seeking models, elucidating the neurocircuitry of drug reward and seeking, developing models of excessive alcohol consumption (and the biological basis for the transformation from moderate intake to problematic intake), regulation of drug addiction by neuropeptides and neuroimmune factors, the development of polydrug abuse models, and the alterations in gene and protein expression in discrete brain regions produced by chronic drug use.
Recent Publications  Engleman EA, Rodd ZA, Bell RL, Murphy JM. (2008) The role of 5-HT3 receptors in drug abuse and as a target for pharmacotherapy. CNS Neurol Disord Drug Targets 7(5):454-6

Bell RL, Rodd ZA, Toalston JE, McKinzie DL, Lumeng L, Li TK, McBride WJ, Murphy JM (2008) Autonomic activation associated with ethanol self-administration in adult female P rats. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 91(2):223-32.

Bell RL, Rodd ZA, Schultz JA, Peper CL, Lumeng L, Murphy JM, McBride WJ (2008) Effects of short deprivation and re-exposure intervals on the ethanol drinking behavior of selectively bred high alcohol-consuming rats. Alcohol.42(5):407-16.
Zachary Rodd, Ph.D.

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Indianapolis,IN, 46202
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