Merideth Addicott, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Addicott Lab, Center for Addiction Research, Psychiatric Research Institute, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences



Research Experience

My research is focused on nicotine and tobacco use disorder. Tobacco addiction overlaps with many problems, such as other substance use disorders, psychiatric disorders, and socioeconomic disparities. People affected by these problems continue to smoke at high rates while smoking rates among the general population have declined. I am excited about finding new ways to understand and fight tobacco addiction in order to help reduce smoking rates in these special populations. I use a variety of tools such as self-report questionnaires, ecological momentary assessment, computerized decision making paradigms, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Ongoing projects are investigating the stress-smoking relationship, in particular, how individual differences in distress tolerance and its neural correlates relate to the ability to quit smoking.

Recent Publications

Addicott MA, Wardle MC, Selig JP (2020). Effort-based decision making varies by smoking status. Psychopharmacology 237:1081-1090. doi: 10.1007/s00213-019-05437-3

Addicott MA, Schechter JC, Sapyta JJ, Selig JP, Kollins SH, Weiss MD (2019) Methylphenidate increases willingness to perform effort in adults with ADHD. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior 183:14-21.

Addicott MA, Luber B, Nguyen D, Palmer H, Lisanby SH, Appelbaum LG (2019). Low and high frequency rTMS on resting-state functional connectivity between the postcentral gyrus and the insula. Brain Connectivity 9:322-328. doi: 10.1089/brain.2018.0652

Addicott MA, Sweitzer MM, McClernon FJ (2019). The effects of nicotine and tobacco use on brain reward function: Interaction with nicotine dependence severity. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 21:764-771. DOI:10.1093/ntr/nty059.

Addicott MA, Daughters SB, Strauman TJ, Appelbaum LG (2018). Distress tolerance to auditory feedback and functional connectivity with the auditory cortex. Psychiatric Research: Neuroimaging 282:1-10.