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 209
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.

Representative Publications

Selected Publications 2007-2018


Cooper ZD, Craft RM (2018). Sex-dependent effects of cannabis and cannabinoids: A translational perspective. Neuropsychopharmacology 43:34-51.

Craft RM and C Ulibarri (2009). Sexual differentiation of rat reproductive vs. opioid antinociceptive systems. Gender Medicine 6:209-224.

Craft RM (2007). Modulation of pain by estrogens. Pain132 Suppl 1:S3-12.


Washington State University