Timothy Donahue, Ph.D.

Dr. Tim Donahue

Teaching Assistant Professor
Health Psychology
820 W Franklin, rm 208
(804) 828-8233

Teaching Assistant Professor
Health Psychology
Faculty Adviser, Psi Chi
Ph.D. (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.

Select Publications

Donahue, T. J., Hillhouse, T. M., Webster, K. A., Young, R., De Oliveira, E. O., & Porter, J. H. (2017). Discriminative stimulus properties of the atypical antipsychotic amisulpride: comparison to its isomers and to other benzamide derivatives, antipsychotic, antidepressant, and antianxiety drugs in C57BL/6 mice. Psychopharmacology, 234, 3507-3520. 
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

  • Biological Psychology, graduate level
  • Psychology and Law, undergraduate level
  • Freud: Myths and Legacy, undergraduate level
  • Introduction to Psychology, undergraduate level
  • Physiological Psychology, undergraduate level
  • Perception, undergraduate level
  • History of Psychology, undergraduate level


  • 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