DART Summer Research Days

2020 DART Summer Research Day

Friday, July 31, 2020

Schedule of Events

10:30a.m. - 12:30p.m. Live, Virtual Poster Session

2:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.  Keynote Address from Dr. Denise Hien

Virtual poster gallery available all day.


2020 DART Summer Research Day Program

If you have any trouble connecting, please contact the DART Program Coordinator, Emily Bristol

Keynote Address


Friday, July 31

"At the crossroads: What we know about treating traumatic stress and addictions" 

Denise Hien, PhD, ABPP

Professor and Director at the Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies
Rutgers University 


Denise Hien, Ph.D., ABPP received her B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University and her M.S., M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She completed her postdoctoral training in substance use research at Columbia University. At present, Dr. Hien is Professor and Director of the Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She also serves as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers. She maintains longstanding adjunct appointments at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Division on Substance Use Disorders and the City University of New York. She and her group have conducted programmatic research on substance use disorders, trauma, and women’s health with continuous funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) for over 20 years. Dr. Hien is a leader in the field of addiction and co-occurring trauma and has made major contributions in this area by conducting single- and multi-site clinical trials across the United States in community-based substance abuse treatment settings. She also leads a NIDA R25 training program for translational addiction research for racial/ethnic minority students in the biomedical and social sciences. Dr. Hien is board-certified in clinical psychology (ABPP) and has served as a standing member on NIDA’s NIH Institutional Review Groups and a health disparities advisory group to the Director on Asian/Pacific Islander issues.


Live, Virtual Poster Session


Friday, July 31 

Order of Presenters

Erin Martin, B.A.
Margaret Zielinski, B.A.
Zahraa Atoui, M.D.
Alex Kahn, B.S.
Aileen Kangavary
Logan Manusky, B.S.
Brianna Polyak, M.S.
Hollis Chillura
Briana Hunt
Larry Chen
Joy Gullo, B.S.
Emily Karpf, B.S.
Jenny Nankoua
Isabella Dubrow, B.S.

Virtual Poster Gallery  

Please find below the 14 posters presented at the 2020 DART Summer Research Day. You’ll find a link to view the actual poster, a link for the abstract, and a brief recording (5-10 min) of each trainee presenting their research.

Thank you for your interest and let us know if you have any questions!

Pharmacological Interventions for Stress-Induced Relapse: Efficacy Across Sex and Species
Erin Martin, B.A.
Graduate student from the Medical University of South Carolina
Mentored by Aimee McRae-Clark, Pharm.D.

2020 DART Poster - Erin Martin

2020 DART Abstract - Erin Martin


Gender differences in motivations for cannabis use: An analysis from the Inventory of Drug Taking Situations
Margaret Zielinski, B.A.
Undergraduate student from Westmont College
Mentored by Aimee McRae-Clark, Pharm.D.

2020 DART Poster - Margaret Zielinski

2020 DART Abstract - Margaret Zielinski


Neural reactivity in response to alcohol and trauma cues with depression severity as a moderator in patients with comorbid alcohol use disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder
Zahraa Atoui, M.D.
Medical Student from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Mentored by Amber Jarnecke, Ph.D.

2020 DART Poster - Zahraa Atoui

2020 DART Abstract - Zahraa Atoui


Combining Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation (taVNS) with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to Enhance Cortical Excitability
Alex Kahn, B.S.
Undergraduate student from the University of Florida
Mentored by Bashar Badran, Ph.D.

2020 DART Poster - Alex Kahn

2020 DART Abstract - Alex Kahn


The Relationship Between Oxytocin and Coping Skills on Conflict Resolution in Couples
Aileen Kangavary
Undergraduate student from California State University Northridge
Mentored by Elizabeth Santa Ana, Ph.D. and Julianne Flanagan, Ph.D.

2020 DART Poster - Aileen Kangavary

2020 DART Abstract - Aileen Kangavary




Co-morbidity of PSTD and AUD: Using an Animal Model of the Single Prolonged Stress to Examine Stress-induced Reinstatement of Alcohol-Seeking Behavior
Logan Manusky, B.S.
Undergraduate student from the College of Charleston
Mentored by Howard Becker, Ph.D. and Marcelo Lopez, Ph.D.

2020 DART Poster - Logan Manusky

2020 DART Abstract - Logan Manusky


Demographic Predictors of Engagement with a Technology-based Treatment for Depression Among Monolingual Spanish Speakers
Brianna Polyak, M.S.
Medical student from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
Mentored by Jennifer Dahne, Ph.D.

2020 DART Poster - Brianna Polyak

2020 DART Abstract - Brianna Polyak


Sex Differences in Glutamate Pathologies: Implications in Ketamine Treatment for Depression and Alcohol Use Disorder
Hollis Chillura
Undergraduate student from the University of South Carolina
Mentored by Jennifer Jones, M.D.

2020 DART Poster - Hollis Chillura

2020 DART Abstract - Hollis Chillura


Does Medication Reduce Alcohol Experimentation in Preadolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?
Briana Hunt
Undergraduate student from the College of Charleston
Mentored by Lindsay Squeglia, Ph.D. and Dr. Brittany Bryant, DSW, LISW-CP

2020 DART Poster - Briana Hunt

2020 DART Abstract - Briana Hunt


Characterizing vaping behavior among current smokers introduced to e-cigarettes
Larry Chen
Undergraduate student from Indiana University Bloomington
Mentored by Tracy Smith, Ph.D.

2020 DART Poster - Larry Chen

2020 DART Abstract - Larry Chen


The Association of Sleep Quality and Asthma Among Rural Adolescents
Joy Gullo, B.S.
Medical student from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Mentored by Phillippe Cunningham, Ph.D.

2020 DART Poster - Joy Gullo

2020 DART Abstract - Joy Gullo

Cocaine and Memory: The cell type-specific role of NPAS4 in the mouse nucleus accumbens
Emily Karpf, B.S.
Recent graduate from Penn State University
Mentored by Rachel Penrod-Martin, Ph.D.

2020 DART Poster - Emily Karpf

2020 DART Abstract - Emily Karpf


Severity of Cannabis Use Disorder and Perceived Problems Due to Use in Adolescents with and without Depression or Anxiety
Jenny Nankoua
Undergraduate student from the College of Charleston
Mentored by Rachel Tomko, Ph.D.

2020 DART Poster - Jenny Nankoua

2020 DART Abstract - Jenny Nankoua


Impact of a Wellbeing Intervention on Physical Activity Among Early Childhood Education Teachers
Isabella Dubrow, B.S.
Undergraduate student from the College of Charleston
Mentored by Angela Moreland, Ph.D. & Nada Goodrum, Ph.D.

2020 DART Poster - Isabella Dubrow

2020 DART Abstract - Isabella Dubrow


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