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Rebecca L Ashare, Ph.D.

Rebecca L Ashare, Ph.D.

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Research Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Department: Psychiatry

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Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction
3535 Market St, Suite 4100
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 746-5789
B.A (Psychology)
State University of New York at Buffalo, 2003.
M.A (Clinical Psychology)
State University of New York at Buffalo, 2007.
Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology)
State University of New York at Buffalo, 2011.
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Description of Research Expertise

My research focuses on evaluating more effective treatments for nicotine dependence, with a specific focus on pharmacotherapies that reduce nicotine withdrawal-related cognitive deficits. Through the use of human laboratory studies my work has emphasized psychophysiological, cognitive, and stress responses related to smoking behavior. Since joining the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction (CIRNA), we have begun research on the potential therapeutic benefits of pro-cognitive medications for nicotine dependence. Current projects are aimed at understanding how genetic factors, pre-treatment cognitive function, and neural substrates affect treatment response.

Selected Publications

Ashare Rebecca L, Norris Catherine J, Wileyto E Paul, Cacioppo John T, Strasser Andrew A: Individual differences in positivity offset and negativity bias: Gender-specific associations with two serotonin receptor genes. Personality and individual differences 55(5): 469-473, Sep 2013.

Ashare Rebecca L, Valdez Jeffrey N, Ruparel Kosha, Albelda Benjamin, Hopson Ryan D, Keefe John R, Loughead James, Lerman Caryn: Association of abstinence-induced alterations in working memory function and COMT genotype in smokers. Psychopharmacology Jul 2013.

Ashare Rebecca L, Wileyto E Paul, Perkins Kenneth A, Schnoll Robert A: The first 7 days of a quit attempt predicts relapse: validation of a measure for screening medications for nicotine dependence. Journal of addiction medicine 7(4): 249-54, Jul-Aug 2013.

Ashare Rebecca L, Falcone Mary, Lerman Caryn: Cognitive function during nicotine withdrawal: Implications for nicotine dependence treatment. Neuropharmacology Apr 2013.

Strasser Andrew A, Ashare Rebecca L, Kaufman Madeline, Tang Kathy Z, Mesaros Clementina, Blair Ian A: The effect of menthol on cigarette smoking behaviors, biomarkers and subjective responses. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology 22(3): 382-389, Mar 2013.

Ashare R L, Karlawish J H, Wileyto E P, Pinto A, Lerman C: APOE ɛ4, an Alzheimer's disease susceptibility allele, and smoking cessation. The pharmacogenomics journal Dec 2012.

Ashare Rebecca L, Tang Kathy Z, Mesaros A Clementina, Blair Ian A, Leone Frank T, Strasser Andrew A: Effects of 21 days of varenicline versus placebo on smoking behaviors and urges among non-treatment seeking smokers. Journal of psychopharmacology (Oxford, England) 26(10): 1383-1390, Oct 2012.

Rhodes Jessica D, Hawk Larry W, Ashare Rebecca L, Schlienz Nicolas J, Mahoney Martin C: The effects of varenicline on attention and inhibitory control among treatment-seeking smokers. Psychopharmacology 223(2): 131-8, Sep 2012.

Ashare Rebecca L, Ray Riju, Lerman Caryn, Strasser Andrew A: Cognitive effects of the acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, donepezil, in healthy, non-treatment seeking smokers: A pilot feasibility study. Drug and alcohol dependence May 2012.

Ashare Rebecca L, McKee Sherry A: Effects of varenicline and bupropion on cognitive processes among nicotine-deprived smokers. Experimental and clinical psychopharmacology 20(1): 63-70, Feb 2012.

Ashare Rebecca L, Hawk Larry W: Effects of smoking abstinence on impulsive behavior among smokers high and low in ADHD-like symptoms. Psychopharmacology 219(2): 537-47, Jan 2012.

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Last updated: 09/30/2013
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