Dissertation Research

My dissertation project aims to investigate the roll of stress on escalation of cocaine self-administration in male and female rats. I am evaluating how an established predator odor model of stress influences self-administered intravenous (I.V.) cocaine intake in male and female rats in short- and long-access paradigms. This stress model dichotomizes stressed animals into those who avoid the predator odor and those who do not develop an aversion, thereby representing subjects that are susceptible to developing a long-lasting stress response and those that are not, respectively.