Jennifer Buckman

Ph.D. Graduate (1998)

Jennifer BuckmanEducation

  • BA Psychology 1992, Rutgers University 
  • MS Behavioral Neuroscience 1996, Oregon Health & Science University
  • PhD Behavioral Neuroscience 1998, Oregon Health & Science University
  • MBA Graduate School of Management 2006, Rutgers University

PhD Dissertation

Glutamatergic involvement in susceptibility or resistance to alcohol withdrawal convulsions. (Mentor: Charlie Meshul

Postdoctoral Training

Dept. of Pharmacology, Univ. of Pittsburgh (1998-2001) 

Current Position 

Assistant Research Professor at the Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University


Since beginning my research career as an undergraduate, my primary interests have been in the neurobiological and psychological basis of alcohol and drug use behaviors. As a graduate student in Behavioral Neuroscience at OHSU, I received a strong, well-rounded education that has served me well in my career. My dissertation project included research performed in Charlie Meshul's laboratory (mentor) as well as in Aaron Janowsky's laboratory. This project also included collaborations with Deb Finn and many of the staff in John Crabbe's lab. This is the culmination of what makes OHSU unique: it has a strong collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to science, particularly the science of addictions. I do not believe you can get a better education anywhere. 

Since leaving OHSU, I have transitioned into human experimental research on addictive behaviors. My current research emphasizes the intersection of physiology, psychology, neuroscience, genetics, and statistics to understand how a breakdown in body-brain communication can reduce behavioral flexibility and thus promote high risk drinking behaviors. More information about my current research can be found at 


Cohn AM, Buckman JF, White HR (in review). Adolescent and young adult masculine and feminine gender roles influence coping styles and mental health outcomes. 

Lehrer P, Buckman JF, Vaschillo EG, Vaschillo B, Udo T, Mun EY, Nguyen, T, Bates ME (in review). Negative affect and problematic alcohol use disrupt respiratory dynamics in young adults. 

Fonoberova M, Mezic I, Fonoberov VA, Mezic A, Buckman JF, Vaschillo EG, Mun EY, Vaschillo B, Bates ME (in review). Personalization of a mathematical model of the human cardiovascular system from heart period and beat-to-beat blood pressure. 

Bates ME, Buckman JF, Bates-Krakoff JC (in press). Treatment of addictions and effects of neuropsychological impairment on mechanisms of behavior change. In Neuropsychological Aspects of Substance Use Disorders: Evidence-Based Perspectives. DN Allen and SP Woods (Eds.). Oxford University Press: New York. 

Udo T, Mun EY, Buckman JF, Vaschillo E, Vaschillo B, Bates ME  (in press). Potential side effects of unhealthy lifestyle choices and health risks on basal and reactive heart rate variability in college drinkers. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 

Buckman JF, Farris SG, Yusko DA (2013). A national study of substance use behaviors among NCAA male athletes who use banned performance enhancing substances. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 131:50-55. 

Bates ME, Buckman JF, Nguyen TT (2013). A role for cognitive rehabilitation in increasing the effectiveness of treatment for alcohol use disorders. Neuropsychology Review 23: 27-47. PMC 3610413 [Available 2014/3/1]

Eddie D, Buckman JF, Mun EY, Vaschillo B, Vaschillo E, Udo T, Lehrer P, and Bates ME (2013). Different associations of alcohol cue reactivity with negative alcohol expectancies in mandated and inpatient samples of young adults. Addictive Behaviors 38: 2040-2043. 

Bates ME, Buckman JF (2013). Integrating body and brain systems in addiction neuroscience. In Biological Research on Addiction: Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders, P Miller (Ed.), Volume 2, Academic Press: New York. Ray S, 

Mun EY, Buckman JF, Udo T, Bates ME (2012). Memory for emotional picture cues during acute alcohol intoxication. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 73(5): 718-725. PMC3410939 [Available 2013/9/1]

Vaschillo EG, Vaschillo B, Buckman JF, Pandina RJ, Bates ME (2012) Measurement of vascular tone baroreflex gain. Psychophysiology 49: 193-197. PMC3366428

Bates ME, Buckman JF, Vaschillo EG, Fonoberov VA, Fonoberova M, Vaschillo B, Mun EY, Mezic A, Mezic I (2011). Changes in spectral power and organization occur when the cardiovascular system adapts to challenges. PLoS One 6:e28281. PMC3229550

Buckman JF, Yusko DA, Farris SG, White HR, Pandina RJ (2011) Risk for Marijuana Use in Male and Female College Student Athletes and Non-athletes. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 72(4):586-591. PMC3125882

Bates ME and Buckman JF (2011) Emotional dysregulation in the moment: Why some college students may not mature out of hazardous alcohol and drug use. In College Student Drinking and Drug Use: Multiple Perspectives on a Complex Problem, D Rabiner and HR White (Eds.), Guilford Press: New York, p. 83-101. 

Vaschillo EG, Vaschillo, B, Buckman JF, Pandina RJ, Bates ME (2011) The investigation and clinical significance of resonance in the heart rate and vascular tone baroreflexes. In Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies: Communications in Computer and Information Science, Vol. 127, Part 4, A. Fred, J. Filipe, and H. Gamboa (Eds.), Springer, Heidelberg, Germany, pp 224-237. 

Buckman JF, White HR, Bates ME (2010) Psychophysiological reactivity to emotional picture cues two years after college students were mandated for alcohol interventions. Addictive Behavior 35(8): 786-790. PMC2872043

Buckman JF, Yusko DA, White HR, Pandina RJ (2009) Risk profile of college athletes who use banned performance enhancing substances. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 70: 919-923. PMC2776121

Yusko DA, Buckman JF, White HR, Pandina RJ (2008) Risk for excessive alcohol use and drinking-related problems in college student athletes. Addictive Behaviors 33: 1546-1556. PMC2642959

Yusko DA, Buckman JF, White HR, Pandina RJ (2008) Alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and performance enhancers: a comparison of use by college student athletes and nonathletes. Journal of American College Health 57: 281-290. PMC2796189

Buckman JF, Bates ME, Morgenstern J (2008) Social support and cognitive impairment in clients receiving treatment for alcohol- and drug-use disorders: A replication study. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 69(5): 738-746. PMC2575395

Buckman JF, Bates ME, Cisler RA. (2007) Social networks and their influence on drinking behaviors: Differences related to cognitive impairment in clients receiving alcoholism treatment. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 68(5): 738-747. PMC2947198

Voelbel GT, Bates ME, Buckman JF, Pandina G, Hendren RL (2006) Caudate nucleus volume and cognitive performance: Are they related in childhood psychopathology? Biological Psychiatry 60:942-950. PMC2947855

Bates ME, Pawlak A, Tonigan JS, Buckman JF (2006) Cognitive impairment influences drinking outcome by altering therapeutic mechanisms of change. Psychology of Addictive Behavior 20(3): 241-253. PMC2965453

Bates ME, Voelbel G, Buckman JF, Labouvie EW, Barry D (2005) Short-term neuropsychological recovery in clients with substance use disorders. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 29(3):367-377. PMC3059764

Bates ME, Barry D, Labouvie EW, Fals-Stewart W, Voelbel G, Buckman JF (2004) Risk factors and neuropsychological recovery in clients with alcohol use disorders exposed to different treatments.  Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology 72(6): 1073–1080. PMC2980291

Buckman JF, Reynolds IJ (2001) Spontaneous changes in mitochondrial membrane potential in cultured neurons.  Journal of Neuroscience 21(14): 5054-5065. 

Buckman JF, Hernandez H, Kress GJ, Votyakova T, Pal S, Reynolds IJ (2001) MitoTracker labeling in primary neuronal and astrocytic cultures: influence of mitochondrial membrane potential and oxidants.  Journal of Neuroscience Methods 104: 165-176. 

Buckman JF, Meshul CK (1999) Glial differences between naïve Withdrawal Seizure-Prone and -Resistant mice.  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 23(12): 1905-1913. 

Buckman JF, Meshul CK, Finn DA, Janowsky A (1999) Glutamate uptake in mice bred for ethanol withdrawal severity.  Psychopharmacology 143(2): 174-182.  

Meshul CK, Emre N, Nakamura CM, Allen C, Donohue MK, Buckman JF (1999) Time-dependent changes in striatal glutamate synapses following a 6-hydroxydopamine lesion.  Neuroscience 88: 1-16. 

Buckman JF, Meshul CK (1997) Immunocytochemical analysis of glutamate and GABA in selectively bred mice.  Brain Research 760(1-2): 193-203. 

Meshul CK, Buckman JF, Allen C, Riggan J, Feller DJ (1996) Activation of corticostriatal pathway leads to similar morphological changes observed following haloperidol treatment.  Synapse 22(4): 350-361.

Last Updated: June 19, 2013