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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

White, Aaron M., Jonathan D. Jordan, Kristin M. Schroeder, Shawn K. Acheson, Becky D. Georgi, Gary Sauls, Roxanne R. Ellington, and H Scott Swartzwelder. “Predictors of relapse during treatment and treatment completion among marijuana-dependent adolescents in an intensive outpatient substance abuse program.” Subst Abus 25, no. 1 (March 2004): 53–59. https://doi.org/10.1300/J465v25n01_08.

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Acheson, S. K., E. L. Ross, and H. S. Swartzwelder. “Age-independent and dose-response effects of ethanol on spatial memory in rats.” Alcohol 23, no. 3 (April 2001): 167–75. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0741-8329(01)00127-6.

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Abou-Donia, M. B., A. A. Abdel-Rahman, A. M. Kishk, D. Walker, B. J. Markwiese, S. K. Acheson, K. E. Reagan, S. Swartzwelder, and K. F. Jensen. “Neurotoxicity of ethyl methacrylate in rats.” J Toxicol Environ Health A 59, no. 2 (January 28, 2000): 97–118. https://doi.org/10.1080/009841000157005.

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Acheson, S. K., R. Richardson, and H. S. Swartzwelder. “Developmental changes in seizure susceptibility during ethanol withdrawal.” Alcohol 18, no. 1 (May 1999): 23–26. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0741-8329(98)00063-9.

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Acheson, S. K., R. M. Stein, and H. S. Swartzwelder. “Impairment of semantic and figural memory by acute ethanol: age-dependent effects.” Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research 22, no. 7 (October 1998): 1437–42. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1530-0277.1998.tb03932.x.

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Markwiese, B. J., S. K. Acheson, E. D. Levin, W. A. Wilson, and H. S. Swartzwelder. “Differential effects of ethanol on memory in adolescent and adult rats.” Alcohol Clin Exp Res 22, no. 2 (April 1998): 416–21.

Scholars@Duke

Molfese, V. J., and S. Acheson. “Infant and preschool mental and verbal abilities: How are infant scores related to preschool scores?” International Journal of Behavioral Development 20, no. 4 (January 1, 1997): 595–607. https://doi.org/10.1080/016502597385072.

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Gilbert, M. E., S. K. Acheson, C. M. Mack, and K. M. Crofton. “An examination of the proconvulsant actions of pyrethroid insecticides using pentylenetetrazol and amygdala kindling seizure models.” Neurotoxicology 11, no. 1 (1990): 73–86.

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