Dr.Dustin Stairs


Dustin Stairs, Ph.D.

Phone # (402) 280-2461
E-mail: dustinstairs@creighton.edu

Teaches Courses in:
Physiological Psychology; Drugs & Behavior; Research Methods & Statistics; Learning: Basic Processes; History & Systems; and Introductory Psychology

Research interests:

My research interests involve the use of animal models to study the biological bases of drug abuse. Research in my laboratory focuses on the reinforcing properties and subjective effects of stimulant drugs. Interested students help in the daily handling and care of the animals. Students also obtain hands on experience with numerous behavioral pharmacology techniques.

Representative Publications:

Yadav, R., Hillman, B.G., Gupta, S.C., Bhatt, J.M., Suryavanshi, P., Stairs, D.J., and Dravid , S.M. (2013). Deletion of Glutamate Delta-1 Receptor in Mouse Leads to Enhanced Working Memory and deficit in Contextual Fear Conditioning. PLoS One, 8(4), e60785
Gupta, S.C., Hillman, B.G., Prakash, A., Stairs, D.J., and Dravid, S.M. (2013). Effect of D-cycloserine in conjunction with fear extinction training on extracellular signal-regulated kinase activation in prefrontal cortex and amygdala in rat. European Journal of Neuroscience, 37(11), 1811-1822
Adams, E., Klug, J., Quast, M., and Stairs, D.J., (2013). Effects of Environmental Enrichment on Nicotine-Induced Sensitization and Cross-Sensitization to d-Amphetamine in Rats. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 129, 247-253
Yadav, R., Gupta, S.C., Hillman, B.G., Bhatt, J., Stairs, D.J., and Dravid, S.M. (2012). Deletion of glutamate delta-1 receptor in mouse leads to aberrant emotional and social behaviors. PLoS One, 7(3), e32969.
Stairs, D.J., Prendergast, M.A., and Bardo, M.T. (2011). Enrichment-induced differences in corticosterone: Differential response to amphetamine and glucocorticoid receptor blockade in amphetamine self-administration. Psychopharmacology, 218(1), 293-301
Hillman, B.G., Gupta, S.C., Stairs, D.J., Buonanno, A., and Dravid, S.M. (2011). Behavioral analysis of NR2C knockout mouse reveals deficit in working memory and acquisition of conditioned fear. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 95(4), 404-414
Stairs, D.J., Neugebauer, N.M., and Bardo, M.T. (2010).  Nicotine self-administration in rats using a multiple schedule of intravenous nicotine and sucrose. Behavioural Pharmacology, 21(3), 182-193.
Stairs, D.J. and Bardo, M.T. (2009).  Neurobehavioral effects of environmental enrichment and drug abuse vulnerability.  Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 92(3), 377-382.