Dr. Vanessa Minervini


Vanessa Minervini, Ph.D.         

Assistant Professor

Phone: (402) 280-3195

Email: VanessaMinervini@creighton.edu

Teaches courses in:

Behavioral Neuroscience; Learning: Basic Processes; Sensation & Perception; Introductory Psychology

Research Interests:

Substance abuse is a significant public health concern. My research uses complementary procedures to investigate the behavioral effects of drugs in nonhuman animals to better understand the therapeutic and adverse effects of drugs and to inform substance abuse treatments in humans. Drugs are often taken together, whether they are used medicinally or recreationally; therefore, the focus of my research is on drug interactions and identifying drug mixtures that can reduce adverse effects such as substance abuse.

Students in my laboratory will gain hands-on experience with various techniques used in behavioral pharmacology by participating in all aspects of the research, including experimental design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of research reports and oral presentations.

Representative Publications:

Gerak LG, Minervini V, Lantham E, Ghodrati S, Lillis KV, Wooden J, Disney A, Husbands SM, France CP (2019). Methocinnamox (MCAM) produces long-lasting antagonism of the behavioral effects of mu opioid receptor agonists but not prolonged precipitated withdrawal in rats. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, in press. [doi.org/10.1124/jpet.119.260331]

Minervini V, Osteicoechea DC, Casalez A, France CP (2019). Punishment and reinforcement by opioid receptor agonists in a choice procedure in rats. Behavioural Pharmacology, 30, 335-342.

Minervini V, Lu HY, Padarti J, Osteicoechea DC, France CP (2018). Interactions between kappa and mu opioid receptor agonists: effects of the ratio of drugs in mixtures. Psychopharmacology, 235, 2245-2256.

Minervini V, France CP (2018). Effects of morphine/CP55940 mixtures on an impulsive choice task in rhesus monkeys. Behavioural Pharmacology, 29, 60-70.

Minervini V, Dahal S, France CP (2017). Behavioral characterization of k opioid receptor agonist spiradoline and cannabinoid receptor agonist CP55940 mixtures in rats. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 360, 280-287.