Dustin J. Stairs, PhD
Dustin J. Stairs, PhD

Dustin J. Stairs, PhD

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Pharmacology
  • Nicotine Addiction

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Psychology

Position

  • Associate Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Drugs and Behavior
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Learning: Basic Processes
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Research Methods and Statistics

Education

  • University of Kentucky, Ph.D.
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington, M.A.
  • South Dakota State University, B.S.

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Stairs, D.J., Kangiser, M.M.*, Hickle, T.* and Bockman, C.S. (Accepted). Environmental Enrichment and Nicotine Addiction. In V.R. Preedy (Ed.), Neuropathology of Drug Addictions and Substance Misuse; Volume 1: Common Substances of Abuse/Tobacco, Alcohol, Cannabinoids and Opioids., London: Academic Press, 2014

Articles

  • Suryavanshi, P. S., Ugale, R. R., Yilmazer-Hanke, D., Stairs, D. J., Dravid, S. M. GluN2C/GluN2D subunit-selective NMDA receptor potentiator CIQ reverses MK-801-induced impairment in prepulse inhibition and working memory in Y-maze test in mice, British Journal of Pharmacology, 171, 799-809, 2014
  • Ewin, S.E.*, Kangiser, M.M.* and Stairs, D.J. (Submitted). Effects of Environmental Enrichment on Nicotine Conditioned Place Preference., None, 2014
  • Hillman, B.G., Gupta, S.C., Ravikrishnan, A., Pavuluri, R., Li, M., Stairs, D.J. and David, S.M. (Submitted). The NMDA receptor GluN2C subunit regulates behavioral and cellular phenotypes relevant to schizophrenia., International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2014
  • Suryavanshi, P.S., Ugale, R.R., Yilmazer-Hanke, D., Stairs, D.J., and Dravid, S.M. (2014). GluN2C/GluN2D subunit-selective NMDA receptor potentiator CIQ reverses MK-801-induced impairment in prepulse inhibition and working memory in Y-maze test in mice. Impact Factor 5.067 First Quartile in Pharmacy and Pharmacology, British Journal of Pharmacology, 171(3), 799-809, 2014
  • Adams, Emily, Klug, Jenna, Quast, Michaela, Stairs, Dustin J. Effects of environmental enrichment on nicotine-induced sensitization and cross-sensitization to d-amphetamine in rats, Drug and alcohol dependence, 129, 247-253, 2013
  • Adams, E.*, Klug, J.*, Quast, M.* 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 , 2013
  • 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 Impact Factor 3.730 First quartile in MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES, PLoS One, 8(4) e60785, 2013
  • Yadav, R., Gupta, S. C., Hillman, B. G., Bhatt, J. M., Stairs, D. J., Dravid, S. M. Deletion of glutamate delta-1 receptor in mouse leads to aberrant emotional and social behaviors, PLoS One, 7, e32969, 2012
  • 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, 2012
  • Stairs, D. J., Prendergast, M. A., Bardo, M. T. Environmental-induced differences in corticosterone and glucocorticoid receptor blockade of amphetamine self-administration in rats, Psychopharmacology, 218, 293-301, 2011
  • Stairs, D. J., Prendergast, M. A., Bardo, M.T. Enrichment-induced differences in corticosterone: Differential response to amphetamine and glucocorticoid receptor blockade in amphetamine self-administration., Psychopharmacology, 218, 293-301, 2011
  • 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, 2011
  • 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, 2011
  • Stairs, D. J., Neugebauer, N. M., Bardo, M. T. Nicotine and cocaine self-administration using a multiple schedule of intravenous drug and sucrose reinforcement in rats, Behavioural pharmacology, 21, 182-193, 2010
  • 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, 2010
  • Stairs, Dustin J., Bardo, Michael T. Neurobehavioral effects of environmental enrichment and drug abuse vulnerability, Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 92, 377-382, 2009
  • Perry, J. L., Stairs, D. J., Bardo, M. T. Impulsive choice and environmental enrichment: Effects of d-amphetamine and methylphenidate, Behavioural brain research, 193, 48-54, 2008

Publications

  • 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. • Impact Factor 3.753 Second quartile in Neuroscience, European Journal of Neuroscience, 37(11), 1811-1822 , 2013
  • Dworkin, S.I. and Stairs, D.J. (2002). Self-administration of drugs of abuse. In B.D. Waterhouse (Ed.), Methods in drug abuse research; Cellular and Circuit Level Analyses of Drug Action., Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2002

Presentations

  • Stairs, D.J., Kangiser, M.M.*, Ewin, S.E.*, Salvatore, C.A.*, Pfaff, M.N.*, Daugherty, K.A.* and Schroeder, M.K.* (2014 August) Effects of Environmental Enrichment on d-Amphetamine Self-Administration Following Nicotine Exposure. Talk at the annual meeting for American Psychological Association, Washington, DC., 2014
  • Stairs, D.J., Ewin, S.E.*, Kangiser, M.M.*, Salvatore, C.A.* and Pfaff, M.N.* (2014 June) Effects of Environmental Enrichment on Amphetamine Self-Administration under a Fixed-Ratio and Progressive Ratio Schedule Following Nicotine Exposure. Talk at the annual meeting for College of Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), San Juan, PR., 2014
  • Stairs, D.J. (March 2013) Effects of Environmental Enrichment on the Behavioral Sensitivity to Nicotine: Can it Decrease Abuse Vulnerability? Invited talk at Department of Biomedical Science – Seminar Series, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE., 2013
  • Stairs, D.J. (February 2013) Using Behavioral Procedures to Study the Effects of Environmental Enrichment on the Sensitivity to Stimulant Drugs in Rats. Invited talk at Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference, Omaha, NE., 2013
  • Stairs, D.J. (February 2012) Ability of Novelty Exposure to Alter Vulnerability to Nicotine Addiction: Behavioral and Neural Evidence in the Rat. Invited talk at Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences – Seminar Series, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD., 2012
  • Stairs, D.J. (July 2011) Why Do Enriched-Rats Self-Administer Less Amphetamine? Invited talk at the IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Scholars Program – INBRE Summer Lecture Series, Creighton University, Omaha, NE., 2011
  • Stairs, D.J. (July 2011) Using Behavioral Procedures to Study Drugs of Abuse. Invited talk at the Munroe-Meyer Institute – Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis Speaker Series, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE., 2011
  • Stairs, D.J., Bockman, C.S., Hasselquist, L.A.* and Hickle, T.* (2011 June) Effects of Environmental Enrichment on the Locomotor Stimulant Effects of Repeated Nicotine Pretreatment and the Relationship with Brain Nicotinic Acetylcholine (nACh) Receptor Densities in Rats. Talk at the annual meeting for College of Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), Hollywood, FL., 2011
  • Adams, E.*, Kraft, M.* and Stairs, D.J. (2011 May). Effects of Environmental Enrichment on Nicotine-Induced Cross-Sensitization to d-Amphetamine. Talk at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA), Chicago, Il., 2011
  • Stairs, D.J., Adams, E.*, Hickle, T.*, Hovenga, B.* and BaDour, B.* (2010 June) Dopamine receptor involvement in enrichment-induced differences in methamphetamine drug discrimination in rats. Talk at the annual meeting for College of Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), Scottsdale, AZ., 2010
  • Stairs, D.J. (March 2009) The Role of Novelty-Exposure in the Vulnerability to Stimulant Abuse. Invited talk at the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience Seminar Series, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE., 2009

Research and Scholarship

Grant Funding Received

  • • Creighton University Dr. George F. Haddix President’s Faculty Research Fund (Submitted), D.J. Stairs (co-PI), “Effects of environmental enrichment on nicotine-evoked [3H] dopamine release from rat brain slices”
  • • , Dept. of Health and Human Services Cancer and Smoking Disease Research, State of Nebraska, C. Bockman (PI), co-Investigator: D.J. Stairs, “Environmental Experience, Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors and Behavior,” 2010-2012,
  • • LB-506, 2011-04, Dept. of Health and Human Services Cancer and Smoking Disease Research, State of Nebraska, C. Bockman (PI), co-Investigator: D.J. Stairs, “Effects of Novel Environment of Vulnerability to Nicotine,”
  • “Molecular mechanism of D-cycloserine action,”
  • • Creighton University Graduate School, Summer Faculty Fellowship, D.J. Stairs (PI), “Do high levels of novelty during development alter the subjective effects of caffeine,” 2009,

Awards and Honors

  • Teaching Award Winner, Gamma Phi Beta , 2014
  • Travel Award for Early Career Professional, American Psychological Association , 2013
  • Teaching Award Nominee, Omicron Delta Kappa, 2010