Rita Fuchs Lokensgard

Rita Fuchs Lokensgard

Professor & ADARP Director

Dr. Fuchs Lokensgard's Publications


Room: Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building (VBR) room 231
Phone: (509) 335-6164


Current Positions

2013 Professor, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
2013 ADARP Director, Washington State University, Pullman, WA


Environmental stimuli orchestrate adaptive behaviors, cognition, and physiological functions in healthy individuals. Similarly, drug-associated environmental stimuli trigger intense drug-related memories and precipitate drug craving, impulsive decision making, and even immunosuppression in substance abusers.  NIH-funded research in my laboratory has focused on demonstrating empirically the existence of some of these drug context-induced phenomena through the development and implementation of novel animal models. We now aim to elucidate the neural underpinnings of these phenomena and to inform the development of treatment strategies that promote recovery from drug dependence and preempt the long-term health consequences of drug addiction.

To learn more about Dr. Fuchs Lokensgard's research, visit her website: Fuchs Lokensgard Lab

Honors and Awards

1995-Present Member of the Society for Neuroscience
2001 College on Problems of Drug Dependence Conference Young Investigator Travel Award
2005 American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Young Investigator Memorial Travel Award
2006, 2007 Mason and Linda Stephenson Faculty Award, UNC
2006 Elected Member, College on Problems of Drug Dependence
2006-2013 Elected Associate Member, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
2007-Elected member, International Behavioral Neuroscience Society
2011, 2012 Faculty of 1000 Recommendation of Publication Based on Significance
2012 Stephenson and Lindquist Faculty Excellence Award, UNC Department of Psychology
2012-2014 Nominated for the Society for Neuroscience Jacob P. Waletzky Prize
2014-present Elected member, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
2013-2019 Member, NIH NMB Study Section

Current Funding

NIH/NIDA, Drug context-induced instrumental cocaine seeking: Influence of memory reconsolidation, PI
NIH/NIDA, Role of IL-1 in heroin's immune and motivational effects, PI