My undergraduate training was at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon where I focused primarily on Psychology/Neuroscience. I then went to Western Illinois University for my Masters degree in Experimental Psychology, where I explored attentional deficits in rats consuming high-fat diets, and potential reversible mechanisms with modern antipsychotic drugs. I recently completed my Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Washington State University. My main area of interest was sex differences in the analgesic and rewarding effects of morphine using a chronic inflammatory pain model. At UNE, I plan to continue to explore sex differences with stress-related factors, but focus on cellular/molecular techniques and try to incorportate sex differences into understanding early-life pain, and later-life stress and fear responses.
Nealey KA, Smith AW, Davis SM, Smith DG, Walker BM:. κ-opioid receptors are implicated in the increased potency of intra-accumbens nalmefene in ethanol-dependent rats. Neuropharmacology 61::35–42, 2011.
Craft RM, Kandasamy R, Davis SM:. Sex differences in anti-allodynic, anti-hyperalgesic and anti-edema effects of Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol in the rat. Pain 154::1709–17, 2013.
Davis SM, Craft, RM: Morphine antinociception against chronic inflammatory pain: No sex differences. (In preparation)