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Shawn K. Acheson, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
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Translational Neuroscience
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Office: PO Box 108, Waynesville, NC 28786
Campus Mail: DUMC PO Box 108, Waynesville, NC 28786

In collaboration with Dr. Scott Swartzwelder, research in our lab has focused on the neurodevelopmental effects of alcohol and other drugs of abuse. In particular, we have been interested in how and why adolescents are more sensitive to some effects of ethanol and THC (e.g., learning and memory) and less sensitive to other effects (e.g., sedation). Beginning in Fall 2011, my lab will begin a new line of research focused on potential pharmacotherapies for TBI and the basic underlying mechanisms of recovery of function following acquired brain injury. This work is funded by a Career Development Award from the Veterans Administration Biomedical Laboratory Research & Development service.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, 1997

Selected Grants

Publications

Straka, B. C., S. E. Gaither, S. K. Acheson, and H. S. Swartzwelder. ““Mixed” Drinking Motivations: A Comparison of Majority, Multiracial, and Minority College Students.” Social Psychological and Personality Science 11, no. 5 (July 1, 2020): 676–87. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550619883294.

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Lei, Beilei, Michael L. James, Ji Liu, Guanen Zhou, Talaignair N. Venkatraman, Christopher D. Lascola, Shawn K. Acheson, Laura G. Dubois, Daniel T. Laskowitz, and Haichen Wang. “Author Correction: Neuroprotective pentapeptide CN-105 improves functional and histological outcomes in a murine model of intracerebral hemorrhage.” Sci Rep 10, no. 1 (April 20, 2020): 6898. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-63178-2.

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Schepis, Ty S., Shawn Acheson, Daniel Zapp, and H Scott Swartzwelder. “Alcohol use and consequences in matriculating US college students by prescription stimulant/opioid nonmedical misuse status.” Addict Behav 98 (November 2019): 106026. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.06.015.

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Swartzwelder, H. S., Maeng-Hee Park, and Shawn Acheson. “Adolescent Ethanol Exposure Enhances NMDA Receptor-Mediated Currents in Hippocampal Neurons: Reversal by Gabapentin.” Sci Rep 7, no. 1 (October 13, 2017): 13133. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-12956-6.

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Miller, Kelsey M., Mary-Louise Risher, Shawn K. Acheson, Matthew Darlow, Hannah G. Sexton, Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, and H. S. Swartzwelder. “Behavioral Inefficiency on a Risky Decision-Making Task in Adulthood after Adolescent Intermittent Ethanol Exposure in Rats.” Sci Rep 7, no. 1 (July 5, 2017): 4680. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-04704-7.

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Lei, Beilei, Michael L. James, Ji Liu, Guanen Zhou, Talaignair N. Venkatraman, Christopher D. Lascola, Shawn K. Acheson, Laura G. Dubois, Daniel T. Laskowitz, and Haichen Wang. “Erratum: Neuroprotective pentapeptide CN-105 improves functional and histological outcomes in a murine model of intracerebral hemorrhage.” Sci Rep 7 (January 5, 2017): 39580. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep39580.

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Sharma, Richa, Alexandra Rosenberg, Ellen R. Bennett, Daniel T. Laskowitz, and Shawn K. Acheson. “A blood-based biomarker panel to risk-stratify mild traumatic brain injury.” Plos One 12, no. 3 (2017): e0173798. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0173798.

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Lei, Beilei, Michael L. James, Ji Liu, Guanen Zhou, Talaignair N. Venkatraman, Christopher D. Lascola, Shawn K. Acheson, Laura G. Dubois, Daniel T. Laskowitz, and Haichen Wang. “Neuroprotective pentapeptide CN-105 improves functional and histological outcomes in a murine model of intracerebral hemorrhage.” Sci Rep 6 (October 7, 2016): 34834. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep34834.

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Klein, Rebecca C., Shawn K. Acheson, Laura H. Qadri, Alina A. Dawson, Ramona M. Rodriguiz, William C. Wetsel, Scott D. Moore, Daniel T. Laskowitz, and Hana N. Dawson. “Opposing effects of traumatic brain injury on excitatory synaptic function in the lateral amygdala in the absence and presence of preinjury stress.” J Neurosci Res 94, no. 6 (June 2016): 579–89. https://doi.org/10.1002/jnr.23702.

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Marx, C. E., J. C. Naylor, J. D. Kilts, C. E. Dunn, L. A. Tupler, S. T. Szabo, B. P. Capehart, R. A. Morey, L. J. Shampine, and S. K. Acheson. “Neurosteroids and traumatic brain injury translating biomarkers to therapeutics; overview and pilot investigations in Iraq and Afghanistan era veterans.” In Translational Research in Traumatic Brain Injury, 145–61, 2016.

Scholars@Duke

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