Stephanie Collins Reed, Ph.D.

Dr. Stephanie Collins Reed is an Assistant Professor of Neurobiology in the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, and co-director of Women’s Research Center in the Substance Use Research Center at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Reed received her undergraduate training in Psychology at Lafayette College (1995), and a M.A. (1996) and Ph.D. (2000) in Experimental Psychology from Boston University. Her graduate work included studying the effects of a cocaine vaccine and nitric oxide synthase inhibitors on cocaine-related behavior in rats in the laboratory of Dr. Kathleen Kantak. Following this, she completed a five-year postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Pharmacology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Here, she studied sex and age differences in cocaine-related behavior and neurochemistry in rats in the laboratory of Dr. Sari Izenwasser. In 2004, Dr. Reed joined the Substance Abuse Fellowship at Columbia University for a two-year fellowship. Here, she received training in human preclinical studies under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Foltin and Dr. Suzette Evans. Upon completion of the fellowship in 2006, she joined the faculty at Division of Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Dr. Reed's recent research interests include examining sex differences in factors involved in cocaine abuse.


Current Research Activities:

Dr. Reed’s research over the past 15 years has focused on studying cocaine abuse. Since joining the faculty at Columbia University, along with her colleagues, she has examined the effects of methylphenidate on the subjective response and intake of cocaine in cocaine abusers who had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She has also studied the role of environmental stimuli in modulating the subjective and cardiovascular effects of cocaine in cocaine users, to determine whether the behavioral responses to a stimulant are enhanced when the stimulant is given within the same context as previous stimulant administrations (i.e. sensitization).

More recently, her research interest has evolved to studying sex differences in the response to stimulants. Previously, she has found that there are no differences between men and women or across the menstrual cycle in women in response to intranasal cocaine in cocaine users. Currently, Dr. Reed and Dr. Evans have a grant that examines sex differences in changes in impulsivity and stress in response to smoked cocaine in male and female cocaine users. She also collaborates with Dr. Evans to study stress response and the effects of stimulants and alcohol on impulsivity in groups of women and men who may be at an increased risk for drug or alcohol abuse. As an extension of these current projects, Dr. Reed has a Career Development Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to examine changes in impulsivity in response to various stimulants in male and female cocaine users compared to non-drug using men and women. These projects will further clarify how factors such as impulsivity and stress are involved in drug use, and provide information for development of treatments for cocaine abuse.

Recent Publications