D.W. Svenson

D.W. Svenson

Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
Doctoral Student


5057 Woodward Ave., Room #7702

Curriculum vitae



D.W. Svenson

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

D.W. is currently a member of Dr. Scott Bowen's Behavioral Pharmacology & Toxicology lab. His research is primarily centered around toluene abuse, as well as other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that share similar properties. They are interested in the behavioral and physiological effects of solvent abuse as well as ambient exposure to low concentrations of solvents. Additionally, they are studying the interaction profile between solvents and other substances of abuse (e.g., cocaine). His present research is examining the toxicological and pathological consequences induced by solvent inhalation. 


  • Assessing pathological protein markers in the lung and brain associated with acute toluene abuse. 
  • Building an laboratory model for environmental exposure to benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX).


  • Oakland University, Rochester, MI (B.A.)
  • Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (M.A.)

Awards and grants

  • 2020 CPDD Travel Award for Early Career Investigators

  •  2019 Psychology Department Graduate Student Poster Day Area Winner (BCN)

Selected publications

 Kirwan, M., Svenson, D. W., Pickett, S. M., & Parkhill, M. R. (2019). Emotion regulation as a mediator between sleep quality and interpersonal aggression, Personality and Individual Differences, 148, 32-37.

Courses taught by D.W. Svenson

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Spring-Summer Term 2022