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William W. Stoops, Ph.D.
204B 465 E High St.
Dr. Stoops earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Davidson College and his Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Kentucky. The research conducted for his doctoral dissertation was awarded the American Psychological Association Division 28 Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award for 2006 and he was named the American Psychological Association Division 28 Wyeth Young Psychopharmacologist in 2008. His primary research interest is examining the behavioral and pharmacological factors contributing to drug abuse using sophisticated human laboratory methods like self-administration and drug-discrimination. Recent work has focused specifically on developing laboratory models of pharmacological and behavioral interventions for stimulant use disorders, evaluating putative pharmacotherapies for stimulant dependence and determining the neuropharmacological effects of atypical prescription analgesics.
During 2012, Dr. Stoops initiated work as principal investigator (PI) on a NIDA-funded grant (A Human Laboratory Study to Investigate Buspirone for Cocaine Use Disorders) and completed one other grant project (Neuropharmacology of Tramadol: Clinical Efficacy and Abuse Potential) for which he was PI. He also received pilot funding from the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science to implement a smoking cessation project for pregnant women in Appalachian Kentucky and from the Vice President for Research’s Office to study the effects of alcohol on inhibitory control in cocaine users. Dr. Stoops served as a co-Investigator or consultant on four additional NIDA-funded grants. Dr. Stoops submitted four new R-level grant applications as PI to NIDA in 2012 to continue his research and also is a Multiple PI on a P50 application to develop a Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Stoops published one book chapter (sole author) and six peer-reviewed manuscripts, four as first author, in 2012. He presented his research on tramadol at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence; this work was also featured on WUKY’s On Medicine radio program. Dr. Stoops’ research productivity resulted in his election to Fellow status of the American Psychological Association this year. Dr. Stoops served as a course director for Ethics and Responsibility in Clinical Research and Fundamentals of Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research. He also served as a preceptor for Introduction to Clinical Medicine 1. Dr. Stoops reviewed manuscripts for top journals in the field, including Psychopharmacology; Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology; Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment; Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior; and Drug and Alcohol Dependence. He continued his service as Secretary for Division 28 of the American Psychological Association and as member of the Program Committee of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. He also was appointed to the Clinical Services Core Review Committee for the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science and to the Finance Committee of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.
Current NIH Funded Projects as Principal Investigator
A Human Laboratory Study to Investigate Buspirone for Cocaine Use Disorders. National Institute on Drug Abuse (R21DA034095).
Past NIH Funded Projects
Internet Based Voucher Reinforcement for Smoking Cessation. National Cancer Institute (R21CA124881).
Stoops, W.W., Lile, J.A., Glaser, P.E.A., Hays, L.R. and Rush, C.R. (2010). Intranasal Cocaine Functions as Reinforcer on a Progressive Ratio Schedule in Humans. European Journal of Pharmacology, 644, 101-105.