Dr. Kimberly Badanich is a Visiting Instructor of Psychology at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Her research expertise is in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience. Dr. Badanich received her BS in Psychology from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC and her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from The University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. During her graduate career, Dr. Badanich worked with Dr. Cheryl L. Kirstein to investigate the effects of alcohol and other drugs of abuse on behavior and brain neurochemistry in the developing rodent. Specifically, Dr. Badanich studied how repeated drug exposure early in life impacted drug-seeking behaviors (conditioned place preference; CPP) as well as the normal development of brain neurochemistry [mesolimbic dopamine (DA)]. Dr. Badanich continued her research in the field of addiction as a Post-doctoral Fellow at The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC. As a Post-doc, Dr. Badanich worked with Dr. John J. Woodward and Howard C. Becker in the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs and The Charleston Alcohol Research Center (one of fifteen Alcohol Research Centers supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a component of the National Institutes of Health). At MUSC, she investigated the long-term effects of alcohol abuse on cognitive abilities and neurophysiology. Specifically, Dr. Badanich was awarded an individual post-doctoral training award (F32) through the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to assess the impact of alcohol dependency in mice on performance of tasks requiring behavioral flexibility (attention set-shifting). Furthermore, she characterized the acute alcohol sensitivity of glutamatergic and GABAergic transmission in neurons from the orbitofrontal cortex using acute slice patch-clamp electrophysiology. During her spare time she enjoys running and practicing Muay Thai.
Badanich, K.A., Mulholland, P.J., Beckley, J.T., Trantham-Davidson, H., Woodward, J.J. (2013) Ethanol Reduces Neuronal Excitability of Lateral Orbitofrontal Cortex Neurons Via a Glycine Receptor Dependent Mechanism. Neuropsychopharmacology.
Badanich, K.A., and Kirstein, C.L. (2012) Cocaine-Induced Reinstatement of a Conditioned Place Preference in Developing Rats: Involvement of the D2 Receptor Brain Sciences, 2(4): 573-588.
Badanich, K.A., Becker, H.C., Woodward, J.J. (2011) Effects of chronic intermittent ethanol exposure on orbitofrontal and medial prefrontal cortex-dependent behaviors in mice. Behavioral Neuroscience, 125 (6): 879-891.