Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile


Patricia "Sue" Grigson-Kennedy, MS, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences
Scientific Program:Cancer Control
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Research Interests

Dr. Sue Grigson’s research focuses on substance abuse and addiction. She has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for more than 28 years and is the recipient of an NIH MERIT award, which recognizes the top tier of research funded by the NIH.

She is the inaugural director of Penn State Addiction Center for Translation.

  • Pharmaceutical Preparations
  • Reward
  • Cocaine
  • Saccharin
  • Cues
  • Sucrose
  • Self Administration
  • Morphine
  • Heroin
  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • Lithium Chloride
  • Parabrachial Nucleus

Recent Publications


Kamens, HM, Miller, CN, Caulfield, JI, Zeid, D, Horton, WJ, Silva, CP, Sebastian, A, Albert, I, Gould, TJ, Fishbein, D, Grigson, PS & Cavigelli, SA 2021, 'Adolescent Stress Reduces Adult Morphine-Induced Behavioral Sensitization in C57BL/6J Mice', Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 15, 678102.
Douton, JE, Norgren, R & Grigson, PS 2021, 'Effects of a glucagon-like peptide-1 analog on appetitive and consummatory behavior for rewarding and aversive gustatory stimuli in rats', Physiology and Behavior, vol. 229, 113279.
Douton, JE, Augusto, C, Stoltzfus, B, Carkaci-Salli, N, Vrana, KE & Grigson-Kennedy, PS 2021, 'Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist, exendin-4, reduces reinstatement of heroin-seeking behavior in rats', Behavioural Pharmacology, pp. 265-277.


McKendrick, G, Garrett, H, Tanniru, S, Ballard, S, Sun, D, Silberman, Y, Grigson, PS & Graziane, NM 2020, 'A novel method to study reward-context associations and drug-seeking behaviors', Journal of Neuroscience Methods, vol. 343, 108857.


Donaldson, K, Buchanich, JM, Grigson, PS, Deneke, E, Vrana, KE, Sacks, DB, Kuehn, GJ, Cardamone, D, Pesce, A, Smiley, S, Nickley, J, Krock, K, Thomas, R, Wilkerson, ML, Farag, HA, Challa, SR, Tice, AM, Wolk, DM, Prichard, J, Grant, ML, Regmi, S, Kerbacher, B, Quinton, LE, Tice, AM, Olson, J, Haynes, A, Yu, E, McCully, KS, Assi, J, Wong, M, Zarrin-Khameh, N, Nifong, TP, Hawker, CD, Carlton, GT, Rivera, JM, Foulis, PR, Zuraw, A, Morlote, D, Peker, D, Reddy, V, Harada, S, Crutchfield, C, Zander, D, Barbhuiya, MA, Pederson, EC, Straub, ML, Scott, SC, Neibauer, TL, Salter, WF, Creer, MH, Zhu, Y, Bornhorst, JA, Theobald, JP, Algeciras-Schimnich, A, Cao, L, Knox, J, Hardy, R, Texas, HJ, McGuire, MF, Hunter, RL, Brown, RE, Hicks, J, Cai, Z, Brown, RE, Ali, Y, Cheng, KC, Katz, SR, Ding, Y, Vanselow, DJ, Yakovlev, MA, Lin, AY, Clark, DP, Vargas, P, Xin, X, Copper, JE, Canfield, VA, Ang, KC, Wang, Y, Xiao, X, De Carlo, F, van Rossum, DB, La Rivière, PJ, Newell, J, Hossler, C, Roche, M, Warrick, J, Phaeton, R, Kesterson, J, Myers, C, Barrios, R, Mintz, P, Robyak, K, Hamilton, C, McGhee, P, Pederson, C, Straub, M, Scott, S, Neibauer, T, Salter, W, Robyak, K, Singh, N, Morlote, D, Vnencak-Jones, C, Yemelyanova, A, Harada, S, Shah, M, Moghadamtousi, SZ, Lan, C, Duose, D, Hu, P, Esquenazi, Y, Luthra, R, Ballester, LY, Koenig, AN, Liu, CG, Zhang, J, Kalia, A, Al-Habib, A, Van Arsdall, M, Dhingra, S, Patel, K & Tatevian, N 2019, 'Abstracts of Presentations at the Association of Clinical Scientists 139th Meeting Hershey, PA, May 15-18, 2019', Annals of clinical and laboratory science, vol. 49, no. 3, pp. 403-416.


Imperio, CG, McFalls, AJ, Hadad, N, Blanco-Berdugo, L, Masser, DR, Colechio, EM, Coffey, AA, Bixler, GV, Stanford, DR, Vrana, KE, Grigson, PS & Freeman, WM 2018, 'Exposure to environmental enrichment attenuates addiction-like behavior and alters molecular effects of heroin self-administration in rats', Neuropharmacology, vol. 139, pp. 26-40.
Coffey, AA, Fang, J & Grigson, PS 2018, 'Heroin self-administration as a function of time of day in rats', Psychopharmacology, vol. 235, no. 10, pp. 3005-3015.


Jenney, CB, Dasalla, J & Grigson, PS 2018, 'Female rats exhibit less avoidance than male rats of a cocaine-, but not a morphine-paired, saccharin cue', Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 138, pp. 80-87.
Freet, CS, Alexander, DN, Imperio, CG, Ruiz-Velasco, V & Grigson, PS 2018, 'Heroin-induced suppression of saccharin intake in OPRM1 A118G mice', Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 138, pp. 73-79.

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