Bethany Neal-Beliveau, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies for Psychology

LD 100B
(317) 274-6751
Research Areas:
Behavioral & Addiction Neuroscience | Addiction Neuroscience


My research interests include the developmental plasticity of the brain following exposure to drugs or toxins either in utero or during the first weeks of life. Current research examines the effects of early insults (e.g., drugs of abuse, lesions, and stress) on the development of the brain dopamine system, using both behavioral and neurochemical methodology. Our laboratory is also involved in the development of invertebrate models of drug addiction in Caenorhabditis elegans.


  • B.S. 1980, Purdue University
  • M.S. 1985, University of Minnesota
  • Ph.D. 1987, University of Minnesota (Pharmacology)

Publications & Professional Activity

Musselman, H.N., Neal-Beliveau, B.S., Nass, R. and Engleman, E.A.: Context conditioning with stimulants in a Caenorhabditis elegans animal model of addiction. Behav. Neurosci. 126:445-56, 2012.