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John Curtin
Director of Clinical Training
Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D., 2000, Florida State University

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Research in Dr. Curtin's laboratory focuses on the motivational processes that underlie both social and addicted alcohol and other drug use.  He is particularly intersted in neuroadaptive changes in these motivational processes that result from chronic drug use in "at-risk" individuals.  His laboratory uses psychophysiological techniques (e.g., startle reflex, event-related brain potentials, facial electromyography) to assess neurocognitive and emotional response during drug intoxication and withdrawal states in both social and drug dependent users.

Representative Publications (Full Publication List)


*  Indicates undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral student working under my supervision.

+  Indicates project funded by intra- or extra-mural award for which I am the PI/MPI.

+Bradford*, D. E., Shapiro*, B., & Curtin, J. J. (in press).  How bad could it be? Alcohol dampens stress responses to uncertain intensity threat.  Psychological Science.

+Hefner*, K. R., Moberg*, C. A., Hachiya*, L. Y, & Curtin, J. J. (in press).  Alcohol stress response dampening during imminent vs. distal, uncertain threat. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

+Baskin-Sommers*, A.R., Curtin, J.J. & Newman, J.P. (2012). Emotion-modulated startle in psychopathy: Clarifying familiar effects.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology. NIHMS417516

+Baskin-Sommers*, A.R., Curtin, J.J., & Newman, J.P. (2011). Specifying the attentional selection that moderates the fearlessness of psychopathic offenders.  Psychological Science, 22, 226-234. PMC3358698.

+Hogle*, J. M., Kaye*, J. T., & Curtin, J. J., (2010).  Nicotine withdrawal increases threat-induced anxiety but not fear: Neuroadaptation in human addiction.  Biological Psychiatry, 68, 719-725.  PMID: 20673878; PMCID: PMC2949532.

+Newman, J. P., Curtin, J. J., Bertsch*, J. D., & Baskin-Sommers*, A. R. (2010). Attention moderates the fearlessness of psychopathic offenders.  Biological Psychiatry, 67, 66-70. PMID: 19793581; PMCID: PMC2795048.

+Moberg*, C. A., & Curtin, J. J. (2009).  Alcohol selectively reduces anxiety but not fear: Startle response during unpredictable vs. predictable threat. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 118, 335-347.  PMID: 19413408;  PMCID: PMC2756160

+Dvorak-Bertsch*, J. D., Curtin, J. J., Rubinstein*, T. J., & Newman, J. P. (2007). Anxiety moderates the interplay between cognitive and affective processing.  Psychological Science, 18, 699-705.PMID:     17680941;  PMCID: PMC3125602.

+Piper*, M. E. & Curtin, J. J. (2006) Tobacco withdrawal and negative affect:  An analysis of initial emotional response intensity and voluntary emotion regulation.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 115, 96-102. PMID:  16492100.

Casbon*, T. S., Curtin, J. J., Lang, A. R., & Patrick, C. J. (2003).  Deleterious effects of alcohol intoxication: Diminished cognitive control and its behavioral consequences.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 112, 476-487. PMID:  12943026.

+Curtin, J. J. & Fairchild*, B. A. (2003).  Alcohol and cognitive control: Implications for regulation of behavior during response conflict.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 112, 424-436. PMID:  12943021.

+Curtin, J. J., Patrick, C. J., Lang, A. R., Cacioppo, J. T., &. Birbaumer, N.  (2001).  Alcohol affects emotion through cognition.  Psychological Science, 12, 527-531. PMID:  11760143.

Curtin, J., Lang, A., Patrick, C., & Stritzke, W. (1998).  Alcohol and fear-potentiated startle: The role of competing cognitive demands in the stress-reducing effects of intoxication.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 107, 547-557. PMID:  9830242.

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