Department of Psychology
PhD, psychology, American University MA, psychology, American University BA, psychology/philosophy, Rutgers University
animal models of drug abuse and addiction treatment; the effects of drug cues on behavior; conditioning and learning; extinction; theories of learning; animal models of gambling.
Recent publications: Kearns, D. N., Tunstall, B. J., & Weiss, S. J. (2012). Deepened extinction of cocaine cues. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, in press.
Kearns, D. N., Tunstall, B. J., Marks, K. M., Weiss, S. J. (2012). Extinction of goal-tracking also eliminates the conditioned reinforcing effects of an appetitive conditioned stimulus. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 19, 135-138.
Kearns, D. N., & Weiss, S. J. (2012). Extinguished cocaine cues increase drug seeking when presented simultaneously with a non-extinguished cocaine cue. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 121, 140-147.
Kearns, D. N., Gomez-Serrano, M. A., & Tunstall, B. J. (2011). A review of preclinical research demonstrating that drug and non-drug reinforcers differentially affect behavior. Current Drug Abuse Reviews, 4, 261-269.