Research Interest/Area of Expertise
My current research focuses on behavioral pharmacology, behavioral toxicology, and neurobehavioral teratology. Research in my laboratory investigates the behavioral effects of abused drugs, particularly inhalants. My research is designed to understand why volatile organic solvents, such as toluene and nitrous oxide, are abused. I am also interested in the long term effects of repeated use of these volatile organic solvents. In collaboration with Dr. John Hannigan, we are developing a model of prenatal abuse of volatile organic solvents (e.g., toluene). Our research in neurobehavioral teratology includes animal models and clinical studies of the mechanisms, outcomes and treatment of the effects of prenatal exposure to toluene (Fetal Solvent Syndrome).
Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications
- BA, MA, PhD
Awards and Grants
WSU President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2017-2018
WSU CLAS Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2010-2011
American Psychological Association, Div. 28, Scientist “Spotlight”
Fellow status in Division 28, American Psychological Association
Psi Chi Faculty Advisor Leadership Training Grant/Mortar Board's LEAD Advisor Development Program
"Response Contingent Behavioral Effects of Abused Solvents". Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (National Research Service Award) -- Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (F32DA005670). Project Period: 09/01/95-06/30/97.
“Behavioral Studies of Opiate Tolerance and Dependence”. Role: Co-Investigator. Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (2R01DA003796). Project Period: 07/01/2002-06/30/2004.
“Self-administration of Abused Inhalants in Mice”. Role: Principal Investigator. Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (1R01DA15095). Project Period: 04/01/2002-03/31/2005.
“A Preclinical Model of Adolescent Toluene Abuse in Rats”. Role: Principal Investigator. Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (1R21DA019151). Project Period: 09/30/2004-08/31/2007.
“Behavioral Effects of Gestational Inhalant Abuse in Rats”. Role: Principal Investigator. Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (1R01DA15951). Project Period: 09/30/2002-06/30/2008.
”Does Repeated Toluene Alter Ethanol’s Properties”. Role: Principal Investigator. Source: Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology. Project Period: 08/02/2011-06/01/2012.
”Inhaled Toluene-Produced Physical Dependence in Mice”. Role: Principal Investigator. Source: Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology. Project Period: 08/02/2013-06/01/2014.
Schifirneţ, E., Bowen, S.E., and Borszcz, G.S. (2014). Separating Analgesia from Reward within the Ventral Tegmental Area. Neuroscience, 263, 72-87. PMID: 24434773 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroscience.2014.01.009
López-Rubalcava, C., Chávez-Alvarez, K., Huerta-Rivas, A.G., Páez-Martínez, N., Bowen, S.E., and Cruz, S.L. (2014). Long-term Behavioral Consequences of Prenatal Binge Toluene Exposure in Adolescent Rats. Journal of Drug and Alcohol Research, 3, 1-9. http://www.ashdin.com/journals/JDAR/235841.pdf
Apawu, A., Mathews, Tiffany, and Bowen, S.E. (2015). Striatal Dopamine Dynamics in Mice Following Acute and Repeated toluene exposure. Psychopharmacology, 232, 173-184. PMID: 24994552 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00213-014-3651-x
Callan, S.P., Kott, J.M., Cleary, J.P., McCarthy, M.K., Baltes, B.B., Bowen, S.E. (2016). Changes in Developmental Body Weight as a Function of Toluene Exposure: A Meta-Analysis of Animal Studies. Human & Experimental Toxicology, 35(4), 341-352. http://het.sagepub.com/content/35/4/341.full.pdf?ijkey=wnLboE8y2DeUiee&keytype=finite
Marples, B., McGee, M, Callan, S., Bowen, S.E., Thibodeau, B.J., Michael, D.B., Wilson, G.D., Maddens, M.E., Fontanesi, J., and Martinez, AA. (2016). Cranial irradiation significantly reduces beta amyloid plaques in the brain and improves cognition in a murine model of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Radiotherapy and Oncology, 118(1), 43-51. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.radonc.2015.10.019
Bowen, S.E., Howard, M.O. & Garland, E. L. (2016). Inhalant Use Disorders in the United States. In V.R. Preedy (Ed), Neuropathology of Drug Addictions and Substance Misuse. Academic Press (pp 931-942). http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128002124000856
Callan, S.P., Hannigan, J.H., and Bowen, S.E. (2017). Prenatal Toluene Exposure Impairs Performance in the Morris Water Maze in Adolescent Rats. Neuroscience, 342, 180-187. PMID: 26318334. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroscience.2015.08.050
Howard, M.O., Bowen, S.E., & Garland, E.L. (2017). Inhalant-related disorders. In B.J. Sadock, V.A. Sadock, & Ruiz, P. (Eds), Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, 10th Edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD.
Psychology 3040 - Psychology of Perception: Fundamental Processes
Psychology 8560 - Methods and Models in Psychopharmacology
Psychology 2080 - Introduction to Drugs, Behavior and Society
Psychology 3060 - Psychology of Learning and Memory: Fundamental Processes
Psychology 3120 - Brain and Behavior
Psychology 8070 - Clinical Psychopharmacology