DART Summer Research Days

The DART Summer Research Day

DART Summer Students are required to submit an abstract and poster for presentation. At the end of the 10-week Summer Program, DART trainees present the culmination of their work at the annual DART Summer Research Day Poster Session. 

For more information and to apply to the 2021 DART Summer Program, please visit our Summer Program Page


2020 DART Summer Research Day

The 2020 DART Summer Research Day took place on Friday, July 31, 2020. Students presented their posters virtually during a live presentation session. The abstracts, posters, and recordings of their presentations can be found in the E-Gallery below. For more information, check out the 2020 DART Summer Research Day Program.


2020 Keynote Address


"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 



2020 Presentation E-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


2020 DART Virtual
Summer Program Trainees

2020 DART Summer Program