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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
Education:
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

I am a clinical psychologist and conduct translational research related to health behaviors. My primary area of research has focused on identifying risk factors for smoking relapse, with a focus on cognitive control, decision-making, and stress, and evaluating novel treatments to improve abstinence rates. My work leverages tools from the fields of psychology, neuropharmacology, and cognitive neuroscience to understand the mechanisms that underlie smoking relapse and mechanisms of efficacy of novel interventions. I utilize these tools in the context of human behavioral pharmacology studies, medication screening paradigms, and clinical trials of nicotine dependence. My research examines multiple risk factors for smoking behavior and relapse including behavioral and neural assessments of cognition, stress, and mood. I also conduct research on individual differences in the effects of abstinence and predictors of smoking relapse including sex differences, genetics, and smokers with comorbid disorders (e.g., depression, and ADHD), and genetics. Most recently, my work focuses on the intersection of HIV, smoking, and cognitive function.
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Last updated: 09/21/2017
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