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Alan S. Bloom, PhD



  • Pharmacology and Toxicology

Contact Information

General Interests

Drugs of Abuse, Psychopharmacology and Public Policy, Functional Brain Imaging, Neuropsychopharmacology Education


PhD, Neuropsychopharmacology, University of Louisville, 1974
MA, Neuropsychopharmacology, University of Louisville, 1973
BA, Psychology, State University of New York, 1969


Educational Interests and Expertise

  • Drugs for the treatment of mental illness
  • Drug abuse
  • A symptoms-based approach to integrated basic science and clinical educational sessions
  • Continuing psychopharmacology education for mental health professionals

Research Interests

The focus of my research was on the effects of drugs and other psychopharmacological agents on brain function and behavior studied using both functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and neurochemistry. I used these approaches to better understand the actions of abuse substances in human and animal brain. Studies included cannabis, nicotine and cocaine. fMRI was also used to examine the effects of adjuvant cancer chemotherapy on cognition and brain function “also known as chemobrain” in breast cancer patients and in a rodent model of breast cancer.