Richard Bell, Ph.D.
Richard L. Bell, Ph.D.
|Personal Statement||The fact that the majority of adolescent and young adult deaths involve alcohol, underscores the need for developing and using animal models of adolescent alcohol abuse. There are a number of behavioral and neurobiological parallels between “peri-adolescents” of lower species and human adolescents and young adults. Most of my research focuses on the use of these animal models to provide a better “behavioral neuroscience” understanding as to why adolescents and young adults abuse alcohol as well as the development of pharmacological interventions for alcohol abuse and dependence.|
|Education||Undergraduate: Minot State University
Graduate School: University of New Orleans
Fellowship Postdoctoral Fellowship, Indiana University School of Medicine
|Current Academic Interests||Teaching: Presently I am a Co-Facilitator for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine I course for 1st year Medical students. I also teach the Junior level Introduction to Statistics course in the Department of Psychology as well as serve on graduate Master’s and Dissertation (both internal and external) committees. In addition, I am a Co-Preceptor on the NIAAA Research Training Grant co-mentoring Post-Doctoral Fellows and Graduate students.
Research: My research focus involves assessing phenotypic characteristics associated with high alcohol consumption in selectively bred, for high versus low alcohol consumption, and heterogeneous rat lines.
|Recent Publications||Bell, R.L., Rodd, Z.A., Schultz, J.A., Peper, C.L., Lumeng, L., Murphy, J.M. & McBride, W.J. (2008). Effects of short deprivation and re-exposure intervals on the ethanol drinking behavior of selectively bred high alcohol-consuming rats. Alcohol, 42, 407-416. [PMID: 18486429]
Bell, R.L., Rodd, Z.A., Toalston, J.E., McKinzie, D.L., Lumeng, L., Li, T.-K., McBride, W.J. & Murphy, J.M. (2008). Autonomic activation associated with ethanol self-administration in adult female P rats. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 91, 223-232. [PMID: 18713644]
Bell, R.L., Kimpel, M.W., McClintick, J.N., Strother, W.N., Carr, L.G., Liang, T., Rodd, Z.A., Mayfield, R.D., Edenberg, H.J. & McBride, W.J. (2009). Gene expression changes in the nucleus accumbens of alcohol-preferring rats following chronic ethanol consumption. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 94, 131-147. [NIHMS137733]