Ruth Sharf, PhD

Core Faculty, Dissertation Chair, The Graduate School


Area of Expertise:
• Neuropsychology
• Behavioral Neuroscience
• Pharmacology
• Psychology
• Drug addiction and obesity
• Psychiatric disorders
• Experimental Methodology
• Statistical Analysis

• Ph.D., The Graduate Center
• M.A., Queens College
• B.A., Florida Atlantic University

The role of acetylcholine neurotransmission in the ventral tegmental area on food reward and reward-related learning

Selected Publications:
• “Orexin signaling via the orexin 1 receptor mediates operant responding for food reinforcement,” Biol Psychiatry (2010)
• “Orexin mediates morphine place preference, but not morphine-induced hyper-activity or sensitization,” Brain Res (2010)
• “Regulation of nucleus accumbens activity by the hypothalamic neuropeptide MCH,” J Neurosci (2010)

Selected Professional Experience:
• Post-doctoral fellow, Yale University, Department of Psychiatry
• Adjunct Assistant Professor, Long Island University, Department of Psychology
• Adjunct Assistant Professor, Queens College, Department of Psychology
• Visiting Assistant Professor, Wesleyan University, Department of Biology