Vanessa Minervini, PhD

Vanessa Minervini, PhD

Vanessa Minervini, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments


  • Psychological Science


  • Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Learning: Basic Processes
  • Sensation and Perception

Publications and Presentations


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Research and Scholarship

Current Research Projects

  • 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.