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Robert F. Smith

Professor of Psychology and Director of Biopsychology Programs

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Expertise: Substance Abuse, Brain Development, Adolescent Substance Abuse, Prenatal Drug Use, Brain Function

Smith is a professor of psychology and the director of biopsychology programs at Mason where he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in introductory psychology, physiological psychology, neurochemistry, developmental psychobiology, and biological bases of substance abuse. His research interests center around the neural and behavioral effects of drugs during the adolescent years. Recent publications include demonstrations that the effects of adolescent nicotine use on behavior and neuroanatomy persist into adulthood. Smith holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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