Vanessa Minervini, PhD
Vanessa Minervini, PhD

Vanessa Minervini, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments


  • Psychological Science


  • Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Learning: Basic Processes
  • Sensation and Perception

Publications and Presentations


  • Behavioral effects of benzylideneoxymorphine (BOM), a low efficacy µ opioid receptor agonist and a δ opioid receptor antagonist, Psychopharmacology, 2020
  • Methocinnamox (MCAM) antagonizes the behavioral suppressant effects of morphine without impairing delayed matching-to-sample accuracy in rhesus monkeys, Psychopharmacology, 2020
  • Effects of opioid/cannabinoid mixtures on impulsivity and memory in rhesus monkeys, Behavioural pharmacology, 31, 223-248, 2020
  • Impact of order of fixed-ratio presentation on demand for self-administered remifentanil in male rats., Behavioural pharmacology, 31, 216-220, 2020
  • Methocinnamox (MCAM) produces long-lasting antagonism of the behavioral effects of mu opioid receptor agonists but not prolonged precipitated withdrawal in rats, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 371, 507-516, 2019
  • Punishment and reinforcement by opioid receptor agonists in a choice procedure in rats, Behavioural pharmacology, 30, 335-342, 2019

Research and Scholarship

Current Research Projects

  • Substance abuse is a significant public health concern. My research uses complementary procedures to investigate the behavioral effects of drugs in nonhuman animals to better understand the therapeutic and adverse effects of drugs and to inform substance abuse treatments in humans. Drugs are often taken together, whether they are used medicinally or recreationally; therefore, the focus of my research is on drug interactions and identifying drug mixtures that can reduce adverse effects such as substance abuse. 

    Students in my laboratory will gain hands-on experience with various techniques used in behavioral pharmacology by participating in all aspects of the research, including experimental design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of research reports and oral presentations.