Harmony Risca, Ph.D.
As a current postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory T. Collins, I am interested in characterizing the reinforcing effects, including acquisition, dependence, and withdrawal of co-abused drugs, such as methamphetamine and fentanyl. Our lab often utilizes intravenous self-administration procedures to investigate the abuse-related and toxic effects of drug mixtures to help evaluate potential pharmacotherapies for the treatment of polysubstance use disorders.
Ph.D., Behavioral Psychology
Western Michigan University
|• self-administration||• reinforcement/reward|
|• polysubstance use||• discrimination|
|• synthetic cathinones|
Awards & Accomplishments
T32 Training in Drug Abuse Research Program Fellowship (National Institutes on Drug Abuse)
Risca, H.I. & Baker, L.E. (2019) Contribution of Monoaminergic Mechanisms to the Discriminative Stimulus Effects of 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) in Sprague-Dawley Rats. Psychopharmacology 236:963–971
Risca, H.I., Zuarth-Gonzalez, J.D., Baker, L.E. (2020) Conditioned Place Preference Following Concurrent Treatment with 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and Methamphetamine in Male and Female Sprague-Dawley Rats