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Anthony Riley

Professor 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.


PhD, Psychology, University of Washington

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CAS - Psychology
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(202) 885-1720

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See Also
Psychology Department
Psychopharmacology Laboratory
Conditioned Taste Aversion: An Annotated Bibliography
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Veterans Administration (Washington)

    1982 - Present

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse

    1985 - Present

  • Johns Hopkins University

    2002 - Present


  • Spring 2019

    • PSYC-496 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Neuropharmacol: Biochem of Beh
    • Description

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

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

Professional Services

  • Editorial Board – Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior
  • President elect – Society for the Stimulus Properties of Drugs

Selected Publications

  • See attached vita.

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)

Professional Presentations

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AU Expert

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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