Department Chair, Psychology
Department of Psychology
Dr. Riley received his undergraduate training at the University of North Carolina and obtained his PhD from the University of Washington. He did a post-doctoral fellowship in pharmacology at Dalhousie University in Canada. He joined the faculty at American University in 1976. Dr. Riley is a member of a number of organizations, including Society for Neurosciences, Behavioral Pharmacology Society, College on the Problems of Drug Dependence, Behavioral Toxicology Society and the Society for the Stimulus Properties of Drugs and has been on the editorial board of a number of toxicology and neuroscience journals. Dr. Riley’s research interests include animal models of drug abuse, drug interactions, opioid receptor pharmacology, behavioral toxicology, immunology, chronic drug administration and the effects of prenatal cocaine exposure.
DegreesPhD, Psychology, University of Washington
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Partnerships & Affiliations
Veterans Administration (Washington)
1982 - Present
National Institute on Drug Abuse
1985 - Present
Johns Hopkins University
2002 - Present
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Animal models of drug abuse, drug interactions, opioid receptor pharmacology, behavioral toxicology, immunology, chronic drug administration and the effects of prenatal cocaine exposure.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- University Award for Outstanding Teaching (1981)
Scholar/Teacher of the Year (2000)
D.C. Professor of the Year (2000)
Presidential Research Fellow in 2007
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Grants and Sponsored Research
Mediation of cocaine-induced taste aversions: Transgenic analysis with homozygous and heterozygous knock-out mice. (Contract: National Institutes on Drug Abuse IRP, NIH/DHHS, Molecular Neurobiology Branch)
Effects of norBNI on cocaine withdrawal and alcohol intake: Assessments of kappa opioid mediation. (Contract: Drug Design and Synthesis Section, Chemical Biology Research Branch, National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)
Cocaine escalation under chronic access conditions: A comparison of F344 and LEW rat strains. (Contract: Walter Reed Army Institute of Research)
- Editorial Board – Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior
President elect – Society for the Stimulus Properties of Drugs
Area of Expertise: Animal models of drug abuse; biology of reward; conditioned taste aversion learning
Additional Information: Anthony Riley has been involved in the teaching of a variety of classes, including Psychology as a Natural Science, Drugs and Behavior, Neuropharmacology, and Evolution of Behavior. Riley also teaches Neuroscience Seminar, in which upper-level undergraduate and graduate students focus on current issues in the neurosciences; e.g., viral and bacterial infections and biochemical bases of therapeutics. For the past 35 years, he has been involved in scholarly research, focusing primarily on animal models of drug addiction. Riley has published more than 170 journal articles and book chapters and presented more than 325 papers at national and international research conferences. His laboratory has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the MacArthur Foundation.
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Betty T. Bennett Faculty Scholar-Administrator Award Recipient
Anthony Riley has become the first-ever recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences' Betty T. Bennett ...