Participating Faculty

Rebecca Craft

Rebecca Craft

Department:Psychology, WSU
Credentials:1991 - Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - Experimental and Biological Psychology
Office:Johnson Tower 233E
Mailing Address:Department of Psychology
PO Box 644820
Pullman, WA 99164-4820

Research Interests

Psychopharmacology; Hormone Modulation of Pain; Analgesia and Mood

Research Summary

Using animal models, the broad research goals of the Craft laboratory are to determine:

  1. Whether there are sex differences in the psychopharmacological effects of drugs
  2. How gonadal steroid hormones such as testosterone and estradiol modulate pain, mood and the therapeutic and side-effects of psychoactive drugs

The clinical applications of this work:

  1. The development of sex-appropriate guidelines for use of psychotherapeutic and analgesic medications
  2. Improved prevention and treatment of gonadal steroid hormone-mediated pain and depression.

Research Publications

Craft RM, Marusich JA, Wiley JL (2013). Sex differences in cannabinoid pharmacology: a reflection of differences in the endocannabinoid system? Life Sciences 92:476-481.

Wakley AA and RM Craft (2011). “Antinociception and sedation following intracerebroventricular administration of Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol in female vs. male rats.” Behavioral Brain Research 216(1):200-206.

Craft RM and C Ulibarri, Sexual differentiation of rat reproductive vs. opioid antinociceptive systems. Gender Med, 2009, 6:p. 209-224.

Craft RM, Modulation of pain by estrogens. Pain, 2007. 132 Suppl 1:p. S3-12.

Washington State University