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


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

Abou-Donia, M. B., et al. “Neurotoxicity of ethyl methacrylate in rats.J Toxicol Environ Health A, vol. 59, no. 2, Jan. 2000, pp. 97–118. Pubmed, doi:10.1080/009841000157005. Full Text

Acheson, S. K., et al. “Developmental changes in seizure susceptibility during ethanol withdrawal.Alcohol, vol. 18, no. 1, May 1999, pp. 23–26. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/s0741-8329(98)00063-9. Full Text

Acheson, S. K., et al. “Impairment of semantic and figural memory by acute ethanol: age-dependent effects.Alcohol Clin Exp Res, vol. 22, no. 7, Oct. 1998, pp. 1437–42. Pubmed, doi:10.1111/j.1530-0277.1998.tb03932.x. Full Text

Markwiese, B. J., et al. “Differential effects of ethanol on memory in adolescent and adult rats.Alcohol Clin Exp Res, vol. 22, no. 2, Apr. 1998, pp. 416–21.

Molfese, V. J., and S. Acheson. “Infant and preschool mental and verbal abilities: How are infant scores related to preschool scores?International Journal of Behavioral Development, vol. 20, no. 4, Jan. 1997, pp. 595–607. Scopus, doi:10.1080/016502597385072. Full Text