• 1662 Citations
  • 26 h-Index
1989 …2023
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Area of Expertise

The focus of my research has two broad aims.
The first aim is to screen compounds that will attenuate the subjective and reinforcing effects of abused drugs as part of a NIDA-funded contract searching for effective treatment drugs for addiction to cocaine, methamphetamine, nicotine, and marijuana.
The second aim is to evaluate the potential abuse liability of novel designer drugs that are increasingly available as "legal" alternatives to controlled substances. We use drug discrimination procedures which assess the subjective effects of common drugs of abuse such as cocaine, methamphetamine, nicotine, and marijuana, with designer drugs like MDMA (Ecstasy), with opioids like morphine, or with hallucinogens like LSD. We also test the reinforcing/rewarding effects of drugs using the conditioned place preference and self-administration assays.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Psychology , Utah State University

MA in Behavior Science, University of Houston

BA in Behavioral Science, University of Chicago

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Projects 2012 2023

Research Output 1989 2019

  • 1662 Citations
  • 26 h-Index
  • 61 Article
  • 7 Review article
  • 1 Comment/debate
  • 1 Short survey
5 Citations (Scopus)

Cannabinoid-like effects of five novel carboxamide synthetic cannabinoids

Gatch, M. B. & Forster, M. J., Jan 2019, In : NeuroToxicology. 70, p. 72-79 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Drug Legislation
11 Citations (Scopus)

Characterization of the neurochemical and behavioral effects of solriamfetol (JZP-110), a selective dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor

Baladi, M. G., Forster, M. J., Gatch, M. B., Mailman, R. B., Hyman, D. L., Carter, L. P. & Janowsky, A., 1 Aug 2018, In : Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. 366, 2, p. 367-376 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Dopamine Uptake Inhibitors
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Inhibitory Concentration 50
3 Citations (Scopus)
Cannabinoid Receptor CB1
Controlled Substances