Samantha Malone

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  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • GSC Experimental Psychology Program Representative
  • Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
Research Office: BBSRB B448C, Student Office: Kastle Hall 111i
Research Interests:


I am a 4th year PhD student in the Experimental Psychology Cognitive Neuroscience PhD program working with Dr. Michael Bardo. My research in the Bardo lab focused on developing novel and effective preclinical models of opioid use disorder (OUD), with a concentration on relapse, sex differences, hormone regulation, and the intricate social factors involved in OUD. I am fascinated by the impact of hormones, social interaction, and escalated intake on relapse in OUD, and the overlapping brain areas associated with these factors. I am also particularly interested in biostatistics and the statistical modeling of rodent and human data to inform treatment development and policy. Through my work, I hope to further improve the understanding of OUD by creating translational models that better represent the human condition.

Please, feel free to email me with any questions.


Selected Publications: 

Malone, S. G., Keller, P. S., Hammerslag, L. R., & Bardo, M. T. (2021). Escalation and reinstatement of fentanyl self-administration in male and female rats. Psychopharmacology238(8), 2261–2273.

Bardo, M.T., Hammerslag, L.R., & Malone, S.G. (2021). Effect of early life social adversity on drug abuse vulnerability: Focus on corticotropin-releasing factor and oxytocin. Neuropharmacology, 191, 108567. doi:

*Custodio, L., *Malone, S., Bardo, M. T., & Turner, J. R. (2021). Nicotine and Opioid Co-Dependence: Findings from Bench Research to Clinical Trials. Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, S0149-7634(21)00578-9.