Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Helen Marie Kamens, PhD

Helen Marie Kamens, PhD

Broadhurst Career Development Professor for the Study of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Assistant Professor, Biobehavioral Health
Penn State Neuroscience Institute
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

  • Ethanol
  • Nicotinic Receptors
  • Nicotine
  • Genes
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations
  • Inbred C57BL Mouse
  • Methamphetamine
  • Gene Expression
  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • Alcohols
  • Anxiety
  • Inbred DBA Mouse

Recent Publications


Silva, CP & Kamens, HM 2020, 'Cigarette Smoke-Induced Alterations in Blood: A Review of Research on DNA Methylation and Gene Expression', Experimental and clinical psychopharmacology.
Caulfield, JI, Ching, AM, Cover, EM, August, A, Craig, T, Kamens, HM & Cavigelli, SA 2021, 'Inhaled corticosteroids as treatment for adolescent asthma: effects on adult anxiety-related outcomes in a murine model', Psychopharmacology, vol. 238, no. 1, pp. 165-179.
Kamens, HM, Silva, CP, Nye, RT, Miller, CN, Singh, N, Sipko, J, Trushin, N, Sun, D, Branstetter, SA, Muscat, JE, Richie, JP & Foulds, J 2020, 'Pharmacokinetic Profile of Spectrum Reduced Nicotine Cigarettes', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 273-279.
Miller, CN & Kamens, HM 2020, 'The role of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in alcohol-related behaviors', Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 163, pp. 135-142.


Miller, CN, Caruso, MJ & Kamens, HM 2019, 'Corrigendum to “Early-adolescent male C57BL/6J and DBA/2J mice display reduced sensitivity to acute nicotine administration” [Neurosci. Lett. 690 (2019) 151–157](S0304394018306906)(10.1016/j.neulet.2018.10.014)', Neuroscience letters, vol. 707, 134307.
Miller, CN, Caruso, MJ & Kamens, HM 2019, 'Early-adolescent male C57BL/6J and DBA/2J mice display reduced sensitivity to acute nicotine administration', Neuroscience letters, vol. 690, pp. 151-157.
Miller, CN & Kamens, HM 2020, 'Reduced expression of ethanol sensitization by α3β4 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in DBA/2J mice', Experimental and clinical psychopharmacology, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 348-354.
Miller, CN, Ruggery, C & Kamens, HM 2019, 'The α3β4 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor antagonist 18-Methoxycoronaridine decreases binge-like ethanol consumption in adult C57BL/6J mice', Alcohol, vol. 79, pp. 1-6.


Caruso, MJ, Crowley, N, Reiss, DE, Caulfield, JI, Luscher, B, Cavigelli, SA & Kamens, HM 2018, 'Adolescent Social Stress Increases Anxiety-like Behavior and Alters Synaptic Transmission, Without Influencing Nicotine Responses, in a Sex-Dependent Manner', Neuroscience, vol. 373, pp. 182-198.
Caruso, MJ, Seemiller, LR, Fetherston, TB, Miller, CN, Reiss, DE, Cavigelli, SA & Kamens, HM 2018, 'Adolescent social stress increases anxiety-like behavior and ethanol consumption in adult male and female C57BL/6J mice', Scientific reports, vol. 8, no. 1, 10040.
Silva, CP, Horton, WJ, Caruso, MJ, Sebastian, A, Klein, LC, Albert, I & Kamens, HM 2018, 'The influence of adolescent nicotine exposure on ethanol intake and brain gene expression', PloS one, vol. 13, no. 6, e0198935.


Caruso, MJ, Reiss, DE, Caulfield, JI, Thomas, JL, Baker, AN, Cavigelli, SA & Kamens, HM 2018, 'Adolescent chronic variable social stress influences exploratory behavior and nicotine responses in male, but not female, BALB/cJ mice', Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 138, pp. 37-49.
Caruso, MJ, Kamens, HM & Cavigelli, SA 2017, 'Exposure to chronic variable social stress during adolescence alters affect-related behaviors and adrenocortical activity in adult male and female inbred mice', Developmental psychobiology, vol. 59, no. 6, pp. 679-687.
Kamens, HM, Silva, C, McCarthy, R, Cox, RJ & Ehringer, MA 2017, 'No evidence of a role of the β4 subunit of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor in alcohol-related behaviors', BMC Research Notes, vol. 10, no. 1, 151.
Kamens, HM, Silva, C, Peck, C & Miller, CN 2018, 'Varenicline modulates ethanol and saccharin consumption in adolescent male and female C57BL/6J mice', Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 138, pp. 20-25.

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