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Samantha Malone


I am a 5th year PhD student in the Experimental Psychology Cognitive Neuroscience PhD program working with Dr. Michael Bardo. My research in the Bardo lab is focused on developing novel and effective preclinical models of opioid use disorder (OUD), with a concentration on escalation, withdrawal, relapse, sex differences, and the intricate social factors involved in OUD.

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:

*Malone, S., *Custodio, L., 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.

Hammerslag, L.R., Humburg, B.A., Malone, S.G., Beckmann, J.S., Saatman, K.E., Grinevich, V., & Bardo, M.T. (2022). Peer-induced cocaine seeking in rats: Comparison to nonsocial stimuli and role of paraventricular hypothalamic oxytocin neurons. Addiction Biology, 27 (5), e13217.

*Malone, S.G., * Shaykin, J.D., Stairs, D.J., & Bardo, M.T. (2022). Neurobehavioral effects of environmental enrichment and drug abuse vulnerability: An updated review. Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior, 221, 173471.