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Helen M. Kamens
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Helen Kamens focuses on identification of genetic and environmental mechanisms that contribute to complex behaviors with a special emphasis on alcohol and tobacco use.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
  • Behavioral Neurogenetics Lab
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Education
  • Oregon Health & Science University, PhD, Behavioral Neuroscience, 2007
Currently Accepting Graduate Students
Phone
Office Address
228 Biobehavioral Health Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Fax
814-863-7525
Interests
  • behavioral genetics
  • drug use
  • acetylcholine receptors
  • adolescent stress
Professional Experience

Helen Kamens focuses on identification of genetic and environmental mechanisms that contribute to complex behaviors with a special emphasis on alcohol and tobacco use. Current research utilizes genetic, pharmacological, and neuroscience tools to 1. Understand the biological basis that predisposes an individual to use drugs, 2. The biological consequences of using drugs, and 3. Environment exposures, in particular stress exposure during adolescence, that increase the likelihood of future drug use.

Grants and Research Projects

Identification of genetic and environmental mechanisms that contribute to complex behaviors with a special emphasis on alcohol and tobacco use. Current research utilizes genetic, pharmacological, and neuroscience tools to 1. Understand the biological basis that predisposes an individual to use drugs, 2. The biological consequences of using drugs, and 3. Environment exposures, in particular stress exposure during adolescence, that increase the likelihood of future drug use.

Behavioral Neurogenetics Lab Web Pages

Publications