Remington Rice


Graduate Student
Health Program

Faculty adviser: Joseph Porter, Ph.D.

I completed my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Northern Michigan University (NMU) in 2014 and my master’s degree in psychology at NMU in 2016. My thesis, "Effects of Optogenetic Activation and Pharmacological Modulation of Dopaminergic Neurons," was conducted at NMU. I joined the doctoral program in health psychology at VCU in 2016. My research interests include functional neuronal changes in response to antidepressant and antipsychotic agents. I am currently working with the optical enantiomers of ketamine. I plan on utilizing immunohistochemistry techniques in hopes of identifying neuronal changes in response to ketamine. If the causes of the antidepressant effects produced by ketamine are discovered, other compounds that lack the ketamine associated dissociative effects could be developed.

Selected publications

Carey, L., Rice, R., Prus, A. J. (2014). The neurotensin NTS1 receptor agonist PD149163 exhibits anti-depressant like effects in a forced swim test. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Matazel, K. S., Rice, R., Prus, A. J. (2014). Assessment of repeated fluoxetine administration on operant responding using grain and sucrose reinforcement. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Rice, R. (2013). Juan Huarte and his contribution to psychology. In C. Pernaski, N. Fraire, E. DePetro, C. Brown, S. Wagner, H. Whitaker, E. Smith, T. Clark, L. Carey, M. Moore, B. Palmer, K. England, & J. Fancher (Eds.), Approaches to a history of western psychology (2nd ed., pp. 195-200). Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Books. Paper 5.

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