University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Eric Donny, PhD

Eric Donny
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

Contact Information

Contact Information

4119 Sennott Square
210 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Email: edonny@pitt.edu

Research Keywords

Research Keywords

Tobacco; nicotine; cigarettes; smoking; nicotine addiction; nicotine regulation

Research Summary

Research Summary

Dr. Donny’s expertise spans from animal and human behavioral pharmacology to the regulatory science of tobacco control. His recent work focuses on understanding the role of nicotine in tobacco use and dependence, including how nicotine functions as a reinforcer as well as impacts the processing of other reinforcing stimuli in the environment. Dr. Donny currently directs the NIDA-funded Center for the Evaluation of Nicotine in Cigarettes (CENIC), which aims to assess the potential impact of regulated reduction of the nicotine content of cigarettes as a means of improving public health.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • Dermody SS, Donny EC. The predicted impact of reducing the nicotine content in cigarettes on alcohol use. Nicotine Tob Res. 2014 Mar 19. PubMed Link
  • Sweitzer MM, Geier CF, Joel DL, McGurrin P, Denlinger RL, Forbes EE, Donny EC. Dissociated effects of anticipating smoking versus monetary reward in the caudate as a function of smoking abstinence. Biol Psychiatry. 2013 Nov 19. pii: S0006-3223(13)01025-1. PubMed Link
  • Smith TT, Levin ME, Schassburger RL, Buffalari DM, Sved AF, Donny EC. Gradual and immediate nicotine reduction result in similar low-dose nicotine self-administration. Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 Nov;15(11):1918-25. PubMed Link
  • Joel DL, Denlinger RL, Dermody SS, Hatsukami DK, Benowitz NL, Donny EC. Very low nicotine content cigarettes and potential consequences on cardiovascular disease. Curr Cardiovasc Risk Rep. 2012 Dec 1;6(6):534-541. PubMed Link
  • Donny EC, Taylor TG, LeSage MG, Levin M, Buffalari DM, Joel D, Sved AF. Impact of tobacco regulation on animal research: new perspectives and opportunities. Nicotine Tob Res. 2012 Nov;14(11):1319-38. PubMed Link
  • Sweitzer MM, Denlinger RL, Donny EC. Dependence and withdrawal-induced craving predict abstinence in an incentive-based model of smoking relapse. Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 Jan;15(1):36-43. PubMed Link
  • Weaver MT, Geier CF, Levin ME, Caggiula AR, Sved AF, Donny EC. Adolescent exposure to nicotine results in reinforcement enhancement but does not affect adult responding in rats. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2012 Oct 1;125(3):307-12. PubMed Link
  • Weaver MT, Sweitzer M, Coddington S, Sheppard J, Verdecchia N, Caggiula AR, Sved AF, Donny EC. Precipitated withdrawal from nicotine reduces reinforcing effects of a visual stimulus for rats. Nicotine Tob Res. 2012 Jul;14(7):824-32. PubMed Link
  • Levin ME, Weaver MT, Palmatier MI, Caggiula AR, Sved AF, Donny EC. Varenicline dose dependently enhances responding for nonpharmacological reinforcers and attenuates the reinforcement-enhancing effects of nicotine. Nicotine Tob Res. 2012 Mar;14(3):299-305. PubMed Link
  • Donny EC, Caggiula AR, Sweitzer M, Chaudhri N, Gharib M, Sved AF. Self-administered and yoked nicotine produce robust increases in blood pressure and changes in heart rate with modest effects of behavioral contingency in rats. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2011 Sep;99(3):459-67. PubMed Link

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