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Melissa Blank
Associate Professor, Psychology


Research Interests 

 Dr. Blank’s research aims to identify the primary determinants and consequences of smoking behavior using human models of drug dependence. Dependent measures typically include toxicant exposure (carbon monoxide, nicotine, carcinogens), genetic substrates (nicotinic receptor polymorphisms), topography of use (puffing behavior, frequency of consumption), cardiovascular response (heart rate, blood pressure), and subjective ratings (product acceptability, withdrawal suppression). Her current projects focus on the use of tobacco products characterized as alternative (cigars, smokeless tobacco, and waterpipes/hookah) or potential modified risk (electronic cigarettes), as well as smoking cessation treatments among opioid-dependent individuals.

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