Shawn K. Acheson

Shawn K. Acheson

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

External Address: 
PO Box 108, Waynesville, NC 28786
Internal Office Address: 
PO Box 108, Waynesville, NC 28786
Phone: 
919.768.2243

Overview

In collaboration with Dr. Scott Swartzwelder, research in our lab has focused on the neurodevelopmental effects of alcohol and other drugs of abuse. In particular, we have been interested in how and why adolescents are more sensitive to some effects of ethanol and THC (e.g., learning and memory) and less sensitive to other effects (e.g., sedation). Beginning in Fall 2011, my lab will begin a new line of research focused on potential pharmacotherapies for TBI and the basic underlying mechanisms of recovery of function following acquired brain injury. This work is funded by a Career Development Award from the Veterans Administration Biomedical Laboratory Research & Development service.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Southern Illinois University 1997

Selected Grants

IPA - Shawn Acheson awarded by Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Assistant Research Professor). 2018

Straka, B. C., et al. ““Mixed” Drinking Motivations: A Comparison of Majority, Multiracial, and Minority College Students.” Social Psychological and Personality Science, vol. 11, no. 5, July 2020, pp. 676–87. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1948550619883294. Full Text

Lei, Beilei, et al. “Author Correction: Neuroprotective pentapeptide CN-105 improves functional and histological outcomes in a murine model of intracerebral hemorrhage.Sci Rep, vol. 10, no. 1, Apr. 2020, p. 6898. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/s41598-020-63178-2. Full Text

Schepis, Ty S., et al. “Alcohol use and consequences in matriculating US college students by prescription stimulant/opioid nonmedical misuse status.Addict Behav, vol. 98, Nov. 2019, p. 106026. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.06.015. Full Text

Swartzwelder, H. S., et al. “Adolescent Ethanol Exposure Enhances NMDA Receptor-Mediated Currents in Hippocampal Neurons: Reversal by Gabapentin.Sci Rep, vol. 7, no. 1, Oct. 2017, p. 13133. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-12956-6. Full Text

Miller, Kelsey M., et al. “Behavioral Inefficiency on a Risky Decision-Making Task in Adulthood after Adolescent Intermittent Ethanol Exposure in Rats.Sci Rep, vol. 7, no. 1, July 2017, p. 4680. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-04704-7. Full Text

Sharma, Richa, et al. “A blood-based biomarker panel to risk-stratify mild traumatic brain injury.Plos One, vol. 12, no. 3, Jan. 2017, p. e0173798. Epmc, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0173798. Full Text

Klein, Rebecca C., et al. “Opposing effects of traumatic brain injury on excitatory synaptic function in the lateral amygdala in the absence and presence of preinjury stress.J Neurosci Res, vol. 94, no. 6, June 2016, pp. 579–89. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/jnr.23702. Full Text

Risher, Mary-Louise, et al. “Adolescent intermittent alcohol exposure: persistence of structural and functional hippocampal abnormalities into adulthood.Alcohol Clin Exp Res, vol. 39, no. 6, June 2015, pp. 989–97. Pubmed, doi:10.1111/acer.12725. Full Text

Pages

Fleming, R. L., et al. “IN THE RAT, CHRONIC INTERMITTENT ETHANOL EXPOSURE DURING ADOLESCENCE, BUT NOT LATER, ALTERS THE ETHANOL SENSITIVITY OF TONIC INHIBITION IN ADULTHOOD.” Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research, vol. 36, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2012, pp. 105A-105A.