Shawn K. Acheson
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

In collaboration with Dr. Scott Swartzwelder, research in our lab has focused on the neurodevelopmental effects of alcohol and other drugs of abuse. In particular, we have been interested in how and why adolescents are more sensitive to some effects of ethanol and THC (e.g., learning and memory) and less sensitive to other effects (e.g., sedation). Beginning in Fall 2011, my lab will begin a new line of research focused on potential pharmacotherapies for TBI and the basic underlying mechanisms of recovery of function following acquired brain injury. This work is funded by a Career Development Award from the Veterans Administration Biomedical Laboratory Research & Development service.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Contact Information

  • Rm. 509, Bldg. 15, Durham VA M, 508 Fulton St, Durham, NC 27705
  • Rm. 509, Bldg. 15, Durham VA M, 508 Fulton St., Durham, NC 27705

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