Nicholas J. Grahame, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies for Psychology

LD 120F
(317) 274-0194
Research Areas:
Behavioral & Addiction Neuroscience | Addiction Neuroscience


My laboratory focuses on the behavioral genetics of alcohol seeking behavior through research on behavioral markers that characterize differences in the likelihood that animal models will seek the pharmacologic effects of alcohol. We also assess neural circuits underlying how genes and environment interact in producing alcohol-related behaviors. Using these animal models, our ultimate goal is to find better treatments for alcoholism based on the latest understanding of the behavioral and genetic mechanisms that lie at the heart of alcoholism.

Dr. Grahame is accepting new graduate students in his lab for the Fall of 2022.


  • B.A. 1987, Vassar College
  • M.A. 1990, State University of New York at Binghamton
  • Ph.D. 1992 (Biopsychology), State University of New York at Binghamton