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Behavioral Pharmacology & Health Promotion Lab


Phone: 202-885-1792
Fax: 202-885-1023

Asbury, Room 137 (North Wing)
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016


The Behavioral Pharmacology and Health Promotion Laboratory (BPHP) conducts research on cognitive and behavioral factors that influence drug taking and drug effects. The goal of this research is to better understand the development and treatment of drug dependence. BPHP focuses on tobacco and caffeine; two widely used and important psychoactive drugs, which also serve as suitable models for examining basic factors in drug dependence. On-going studies in the laboratory are examining:

  • Behavioral treatments for nicotine dependence.
  • Factors that influence caffeine physical dependence and withdrawal
  • The development and influence of drug outcome expectancies
  • The role that negative affect plays in smoking maintenance and relapse
  • Reactions to cigarettes with and without nicotine

Please see info about Research Participation in our projects.


The Behavioral Pharmacology and Health Promotion Laboratory is a human experimental and clinical research laboratory in the Department of Psychology at American University supervised by Laura M. Juliano, PhD.

BPHP provides training opportunities for graduate students, undergraduate students, and high school students.