Summer Intern Positions

Click here for an application for a summer internship.

Brain Imaging Research Center

Preceptor: Clint Kilts

A summer intern would engage in patient-oriented research and functional brain imaging exploring the human brain mechanisms of the development of drug addiction.

Women’s Mental Health Program

Preceptor: Shona Ray and Jessica Coker

Summer interns will be exposed to a wide variety of neuropsychiatric conditions in pregnant and postpartum women and spend time in the clinic setting observing evaluations and treatment plan development.  Active participation in clinical research projects focusing on exposures during pregnancy, pharmacological treatments, and behavioral interventions in women with co-morbid substance use disorders will be part of the intern experience.

Health Services Research

Preceptor: Teresa Hudson

The student will conduct literature reviews on buprenorphine. Specifically, to identify papers that discuss the prescribers and patient perspectives on the barriers of buprenorphine for treatment of opioid abuse. The literature search will identify VA and non-VA settings and determine to what extent there is published literature describing interventions to increase opioid prescribers in the US. The goal will be to have at least one manuscript outlined by the end of the 10-week period. At the end of the 10-week period the student will present his or her findings to the DHSR faculty at a research conference.


Behavioral pharmacology of emerging drugs of abuse

Preceptor: William Fantegrossi

A summer intern will work with several categories of illicit drugs, including synthetic cannabinoids (constituents of K2/”Spice” smoking blends), analogues of cathinone (present in “bath salts” preparations), and novel arylcyclohexylamines (related to PCP and ketamine.) In an effort to better understand the biological actions of these emerging drugs of abuse, the research establishes a battery of behavioral and physiological tests in mice against which to compare these compounds with more well-known drugs of abuse (the phytocannabinoid delta9-THC, psychostimulants like MDMA and methamphetamine, and PCP). Students will have the opportunity to assist with surgeries (intraperitoneal implantation of biotelemetry probes which simultaneously measure core temperature and locomotor activity), work with mice in behavioral assays (including operant tests of food-maintained responding, and assays of drug-elicited effects such as analgesia and catalepsy), and assist with dissections for studies involving tissue distribution and disposition of drug. This is a large project integrating the basic sciences of chemistry, pharmacology, and biology, as well as the clinical application of these scientific discoveries. Students will thus be able to choose among specific experiments that can be matched to their background and interest.  Students with biology, chemistry, or psychology backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more information, contact Jan Hollenberg,, (501) 526-8199 (fax)