Matthew McMurray

Matthew McMurray

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

221 Psychology Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056

Teaching Interests

Biopsychology; Neuropsychopharmacology; Cognitive Neuroscience; Advanced Neuroscience; Addiction; Developmental Neuroscience; Animal Models

Research Interests

Laboratory Website

My research interests focus broadly on the neurocircuitry of decision-making and on how early exposure to drugs of abuse, especially during adolescence, causes long term alterations in decision-making and its underlying neurocircuitry. Most individuals have their first experience with drugs (including alcohol) during adolescence, and because drugs directly alter the neurocircuitry that controls decision making and reward, drug use during this particularly vulnerable period is likely to have long term repercussions on behavior. Thus, initial drug use often occurs at one of the most vulnerable developmental periods, while simultaneously altering the trajectory of decision-making processes necessary for normal development. To study these topics, my research concentrates on the intersection of 1) behavioral paradigms of animal (rat) decision-making; 2) neurophysiology; 3) pharmacology and toxicology; 4) neurogenetics; and 5) the dynamic nature of these issues across development.

Professional Recognition

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Predoctoral Fellowship
  • NIDA Predoctoral Training Grant, UNC Department of Psychology
  • NIAAA Predoctoral Training Grant, UNC Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies
  • Small Animal Imaging Grant, UNC NDRC Neuroimaging Core
  • Junior Investigator Award, Research Society on Alcoholism
  • UNC Graduate Mentor Support Award
  • Richard King Graduate Research Excellence Award, UNC Department of Psychology
  • Travel Awards to attend the National Postdoctoral Association, International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, and Research Society on Alcoholism annual meetings

Representative Publications

  • McMurray MS, Amodeo LR, Roitman JD (2015) Consequences of adolescent ethanol consumption on risk preference and orbitofrontal cortex encoding of reward. Neuropsychopharmacology, in press.
  • Klenotich SJ, Ho EV, McMurray MS, Server CH, Dulawa SC (2015) Dopamine D2/3 receptor antagonism reduces activity-based anorexia. Translational Psychiatry 5: e613.
  • McMurray MS, Oguz I, Rumple AM, Paniagua B, Styner MA, Johns JM (2014) Effects of prenatal cocaine exposure on early postnatal rodent brain structure and diffusion properties. Neurotoxicology and Teratology 47: 80-88.
  • Cox-Lippard ET, Jarett TM, McMurray MS, Zeskind PS, Garber KA, Zoghby CR, Glaze K, Tate W, Johns JM (2014) Early postpartum pup preference is altered by gestational cocaine treatment: associations with infant cues and oxytocin expression in the MPOA. Behavioral Brain Research 278: 176–185.
  • Zeskind PS, McMurray MS, Cox-Lippard ET, Grewen KM, Garber KA, Johns JM (2014) Translational Effects of Prenatal Cocaine Exposure on Human Infant Cries and Rat Pup Vocalizations. PLoS ONE 9(10): e110349.
  • McMurray MS, Amodeo LR, Roitman JD (2014) Effects of Voluntary Alcohol Intake on Risk Preference and Behavioral Flexibility during Rat Adolescence. PLoS ONE 9(7): e100697.

A complete list of publications can be found here: