Glenn Stevenson

Glenn W. Stevenson, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology


Decary Hall 329

Before joining the faculty in 2005, Dr. Stevenson had two successful careers: one as a professional musician in Boston; the other working for luxury hotel brands in Washington, D.C. and Boston. Dr. Stevenson embarked on his third career by completing a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience at American University and trained in the Psychopharmacology laboratory of Dr. Anthony L. Riley. Following his graduate training, he did a post-doctoral fellowship in Pharmacology in the laboratory of Dr. Steve Negus at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School.



American University
American University
Muhlenberg College

Post-Doctoral Training

Post-Doctoral Training, Pharmacology
McLean Hospital-Harvard Medical School (2002 - 2005, )


Selected publications

(*Signifies current or former UNE CAS undergraduate, COM, or CDM student co-author)

*Payne E, *Harrington K, *Richard P, *Brackin R, *Davis R, *Couture S, *Liff J, *Asmus F, *Mutina E, *Fisher A, Giuvelis D, Sannajust S, Rostama B, King T, Mattei LM, Lee J-J, Friedman ES, Bittinger K, May M, Stevenson GW. Effects of vancomycin on persistent pain-stimulated and pain-depressed behaviors in female fischer rats with or without voluntary access to running wheels. The Journal of Pain, 22(11): 1530-1544; 2021.

Stevenson GW, Giuvelis D, *Cormier J, *Cone K, *Atherton P, *Krivitsky R, *Warner E, *St. Laurent B, *Dutra J, Bidlack JM, Szabò L, Polt R, Bilsky EJ. Behavioral pharmacology of the mixed-action delta-selective opioid receptor agonist BBI-11008: studies on acute, inflammatory and neuropathic pain, respiration, and drug self-administration. Psychopharmacology, 237: 1195-1208; 2020.

*Cone K, *Lanpher J, *Kinens A, *Richard P, *Couture S, *Brackin R, *Payne E, *Harrington K, Rice KC, Stevenson GW. Delta/mu opioid receptor interactions in operant conditioning assays of pain-depressed responding and drug-induced rate suppression: assessment of therapeutic index in male Sprague Dawley rats. Psychopharmacology, 235(5):1609-1618; 2018.

*Cormier J, *Cone K, *Lanpher J, *Kinens A, Henderson T, Liaw L, Bilsky EJ, King T, Rosen CJ, Stevenson GW. Exercise reverses pain-related weight asymmetry and differentially modulates trabecular bone microarchitecture in a rat model of osteoarthritis. Life Sciences, 180:51-19; 2017.

*Warner E, *Krivitsky R, *Cone K, *Atherton P, *Pitre T, *Lanpher J, Giuvelis D, Bergquist I, King T, Bilsky EJ, Stevenson GW. Evaluation of a post-operative pain-like state on motivated behavior in rats: Effects of plantar incision on progressive-ratio food-maintained responding. Drug Development Research, 76(8):432-441; 2015.

Stevenson GW, *Luginbuhl A, *Dunbar C, *LaVigne J, *Dutra J, *Atherton P, *Bell B, *Cone K, Giuvelis D, Polt R, Streicher JM, Bilsky EJ. The mixed-action delta/mu opioid agonist MMP-2200 does not produce conditioned place preference but does maintain drug self-administration in rats, and induces in vitro markers of tolerance and dependence. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 132:49-55; 2015.

Stevenson GW, *Mercer H, *Cormier J, *Dunbar C, *Benoit L, *Adams C, *Jezierski J, *Luginbuhl A, Bilsky EJ. Monosodium iodoacetate-induced osteoarthritis pain-depressed wheel running in rats: Implications for preclinical behavioral assessment of chronic pain. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 98:35-42; 2011.

Research interests

- Medications development and evaluation for the treatment of chronic pain and drug abuse
- Opioid receptor interactions
- Gut microbiome regulation of inflammation and pain

Research topics

Animal Model
Behavioral Neuroscience
Drug Interactions
Exercise and Resilience