Laboratory of Human Behavioral Pharmacology

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About Us

The Laboratory of Human Behavioral Pharmacology (LHBP), established in 1999, is a research unit in the UK College of Medicine Department of Behavioral Science 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 the LHBP are also focused on identifying putative pharmacotherapies for the management of cocaine, methamphetamine, alcohol, and opioid use disorder using sophisticated human laboratory techniques. Third, the LHBP is conducting clinical trials of novel interventions for cocaine use disorder. Fourth, the LHBP’s objective is to train undergraduate and professional students, post-doctoral fellows, and psychiatry residents in substance use research.

Research at the LHBP utilizes principles and techniques from pharmacology, behavioral analysis, and neuroscience to determine the underpinnings of substance use disorders and develop interventions. Facilities are available for the conduct of outpatient and inpatient studies, in addition to clinical trials. Computerized data collection for the conduct of human research is used. These research activities are primarily funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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