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Rebecca Craft, Ph.D.


Rebecca Craft, Ph.D.
Phone: (509) 335-5040
Office: Johnson Tower 233D

The primary goal of my laboratory is to determine the neurobiological mechanisms underlying sex differences in behavioral effects of CNS drugs. 

Using animal models, we (1) characterize sex differences in the psychopharmacological effects of CNS drugs; and (2) determine how gonadal steroid hormones such as testosterone and estradiol modulate pain, mood, and the therapeutic and side-effects of psychoactive drugs such as opioids (e.g., morphine) and cannabinoids (e.g, THC). The clinical applications of this work are (1) the development of sex-appropriate guidelines for use of psychotherapeutic, analgesic and anesthetic medications; and (2) improved prevention and treatment of gonadal steroid hormone-mediated pain and depression.

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Biographical Information

Rebecca M. Craft, Associate Professor, completed the B.S. degree in animal science at the University of Maryland in 1981, the M.S. degree in zoology (animal behavior) at North Carolina State University in 1984, and the Ph.D. degree in experimental and biological psychology at the University of North Carolina in 1991. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Arizona and has been at Washington State University since 1993.

Selected Publications

Craft RM:  Modulation of pain by estrogens.  Pain 132: S3-S12, 2007.

Craft RM:  Sex differences in analgesic, reinforcing, discriminative and motoric effects of opioids.  Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 16:376-385, 2008.

Navarre BM, Laggart JD, Craft RM:  Anhedonia in postpartum rats. Physiology and Behavior 99:59-66, 2010.

Wakley AA, Craft RM: Antinociceptive and motoric effects of intracerebroventricular delta9 tetrahydrocannabinol in female vs. male rats. Behavioural Brain Research 216:200-206, 2011.

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