Laboratory of Human Behavioral Pharmacology (LHBP)

Craig R. Rush, PhD - Principal Investigator
Joshua A. Lile, PhD Principal Investigator
William W. Stoops, PhD - Principal Investigator
465 East High Street, Suite 204B
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 257-5388
Fax: (859) 257-7684

The Laboratory of Human Behavioral Pharmacology (LHBP), a research unit in the department of behavioral science at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, was established in 1999 and currently supports the research of three principal investigators: Craig R. Rush, PhD, Joshua A. Lile, PhD, and William W. Stoops, PhD.

The mission of the LHBP is four-fold. First, through its research, the LHBP aims to elucidate the behavioral, neurobiological, and environmental factors that contribute to substance use disorders. Second, research activities in LHBP are also focused on identifying putative pharmacotherapies for the management of cocaine, methamphetamine, alcohol, and cannabis use disorder using sophisticated human laboratory techniques. Third, the LHBP is conducting clinical trials of novel interventions for cocaine use disorder. Fourth, the LHBP has as its mission to train pre-doctoral, medical and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and psychiatry residents in substance-abuse research.

Research in the LHBP uses principles and techniques of pharmacology, behavioral analysis, and neuroscience to determine the underpinnings of drug use disorders and develop interventions. Facilities are available for the conduct of outpatient and inpatient experiments, as well as clinical trials. A computerized data-collection system custom designed for the conduct of human research is used, which automates the collection of relevant behavioral and physiological data. These research activities are primarily funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

For more information, contact: 
Frances Wagner, RN, Lab Manager and Clinical Research Nurse
(859) 257-5388