Dr. Timothy Donahue

Dr. Tim Donahue

Assistant Professor
Health Psychology
808 W Franklin, rm 201
donahuetj@vcu.edu
(804) 828-8233

Assistant Professor
Health Psychology
Faculty Advisor, Psi Chi
PhD (2014), Virginia Commonwealth University

Research Interests

My research and area of interest is behavioral pharmacology, specifically the discriminative stimulus properties of antipsychotic medications. I have been investigating a medication called amisulpride, an atypical antipsychotic, produced by the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis and used in the treatment of schizophrenia and depression. It is not approved for use in the USA but is widely used throughout Europe and Australia. Amisulpride has a distinctive receptor binding profile. My research has demonstrated that the amisulpride stimulus is readily acquired in C57BL/6 mice; and that the drug possesses a unique and robust discriminative stimulus that is dose-dependent, time-dependent and stereoselective and is not shared with other antipsychotic or antidepressant drugs.

Selected Publication

Donahue, T. J., Hillhouse, T. M., Webster, K. A., Young, R., De Oliveira, E. O., & Porter, J. H. (2014). (S)-amisulpride as a discriminative stimulus in C57BL/6 mice and its comparison to the stimulus effects of typical and atypical antipsychotics. European Journal of Pharmacology, 734, 15-22.

Recent Courses

  • Introduction to Psychology, undergraduate level
  • Physiological Psychology, undergraduate level
  • Perception, undergraduate level
  • History of Psychology, undergraduate level

Awards

  • Faculty Council Research Award by the College of Humanities and Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2015
  • Graduate Student Research Award, Society for the Stimulus Properties of Drugs, 2011