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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

Risher, Mary-Louise, Rebekah L. Fleming, Nathalie Boutros, Svetlana Semenova, Wilkie A. Wilson, Edward D. Levin, Athina Markou, H Scott Swartzwelder, and Shawn K. Acheson. “Long-term effects of chronic intermittent ethanol exposure in adolescent and adult rats: radial-arm maze performance and operant food reinforced responding.” Plos One 8, no. 5 (2013): e62940. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0062940.

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Swartzwelder, Nicholas A., M Louise Risher, Sabri H. Abdelwahab, Anouska D’Abo, Amir H. Rezvani, Edward D. Levin, Wilkie A. Wilson, H Scott Swartzwelder, and Shawn K. Acheson. “Effects of ethanol, Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol, or their combination on object recognition memory and object preference in adolescent and adult male rats.” Neurosci Lett 527, no. 1 (October 3, 2012): 11–15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neulet.2012.08.037.

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Fleming, R. L., S. K. Acheson, M. L. Risher, Q. Li, W. A. Wilson, S. D. Moore, and H. S. Swartzwelder. “IN THE RAT, CHRONIC INTERMITTENT ETHANOL EXPOSURE DURING ADOLESCENCE, BUT NOT LATER, ALTERS THE ETHANOL SENSITIVITY OF TONIC INHIBITION IN ADULTHOOD.” In Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research, 36:105A-105A. WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2012.

Scholars@Duke

Fleming, Rebekah L., Shawn K. Acheson, Scott D. Moore, Wilkie A. Wilson, and H Scott Swartzwelder. “In the rat, chronic intermittent ethanol exposure during adolescence alters the ethanol sensitivity of tonic inhibition in adulthood.” Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research 36, no. 2 (February 2012): 279–85. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1530-0277.2011.01615.x.

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Gierisch, Jennifer M., Kristy Straits-Tröster, Patrick S. Calhoun, Jean C. Beckham, Shawn Acheson, and Kim Hamlett-Berry. “Tobacco use among Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans: a qualitative study of barriers, facilitators, and treatment preferences.” Preventing Chronic Disease 9 (January 2012): E58. https://doi.org/10.5888/pcd9.110131.

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Fleming, Rebekah L., Shawn K. Acheson, Scott D. Moore, Wilkie A. Wilson, and H Scott Swartzwelder. “GABA transport modulates the ethanol sensitivity of tonic inhibition in the rat dentate gyrus.” Alcohol (Fayetteville, N.Y.) 45, no. 6 (September 2011): 577–83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.alcohol.2011.03.003.

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Acheson, S. K., K. Straits-Tröster, P. S. Calhoun, J. C. Beckham, and K. Hamlett-Berry. “Characteristics and correlates of cigarette use among recent U.S. veterans.” Military Psychology 23, no. 3 (May 1, 2011): 297–314. https://doi.org/10.1080/08995605.2011.570589.

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Zaborowski, Daphne E., Eric A. Dedert, Kristy Straits-Troster, Sherman Lee, Sarah M. Wilson, Patrick S. Calhoun, Scott D. Moore, Shawn Acheson, Kim W. Hamlett-Berry, and Jean C. Beckham. “Public health clinical demonstration project for smoking cessation in american veterans who served since september 11, 2001.” Journal of Addiction Medicine 5, no. 1 (March 2011): 79–83. https://doi.org/10.1097/adm.0b013e3181df97d5.

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Acheson, Shawn K., Nicole L. T. Moore, Cynthia M. Kuhn, Wilkie A. Wilson, and H Scott Swartzwelder. “The synthetic cannabinoid WIN 55212-2 differentially modulates thigmotaxis but not spatial learning in adolescent and adult animals.” Neurosci Lett 487, no. 3 (January 10, 2011): 411–14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neulet.2010.10.067.

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Moore, Nicole L. T., Ashley L. R. Greenleaf, Shawn K. Acheson, Wilkie A. Wilson, H Scott Swartzwelder, and Cynthia M. Kuhn. “Role of cannabinoid receptor type 1 desensitization in greater tetrahydrocannabinol impairment of memory in adolescent rats.” J Pharmacol Exp Ther 335, no. 2 (November 2010): 294–301. https://doi.org/10.1124/jpet.110.169359.

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