Rick BevinsDr. Rick Bevins

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Room 238, Burnett Hall [Map]

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0308
email: rbevins1@unl.edu
Office phone: (402) 472-3721

As an undergraduate student, I studied such topics as reinforcement schedules and timing under the direction of Dr. William Palya at Jacksonville State University. In 1989, I completed my B.S. in Psychology, packed the moving truck, and headed to the Ph.D. program in Neuroscience and Behavior at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst to work with Dr. John Ayres. My research as a graduate student focused on associative learning processes—especially Pavlovian fear conditioning. In the latter part of my graduate training, I became interested in pharmacology as a tool for understanding learning processes. To follow this interest, upon receiving my Ph.D. in 1993, I took a post-doctoral position at the University of Kentucky to work with Dr. Michael Bardo. In those 3 years, I received further training in drug addiction and neuropharmacology. Perhaps more importantly, I learned that associative processes involving drugs of abuse were in and of themselves an important and intellectually challenging area of research. With this perspective, I joined the Psychology Department faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1996 and established the Behavioral Neuropharmacology Laboratory. Research support over the years has come from NIH, Nebraska Department of Health, and the UNL Research Council. Please see our Research link for current funding and a more detailed description of ongoing research. I am currently Willa Cather Professor in the Department of Psychology and Chair of Psychology Department.

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American Association for the Advancement of Science

Division 28 of the American Psychological Association

Midwestern Psychological Association

Sigma Xi

Society for Neuroscience

Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

National Institute of Health

College on Problems of Drug Dependence

UNMC Eppely Cancer Center

Pavlovian Society


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