Headshot photo of Christopher L. Cunningham, Ph.D.

Christopher L. Cunningham, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
  • Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program, School of Medicine


Previous Positions:

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, School of Medicine, OHSU

Interim Chair, Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine, OHSU

Vice-Chair, Medical Psychology, School of Medicine, OHSU

Graduate Program Director, Medical Psychology, School of Medicine, OHSU

OHSU Assistant/Associate/Professor, Medical Psychology/Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU

Visiting Assistant Professor, Psychology, Indiana University

Education and training

    • M.A., 1973, University of Iowa
    • Ph.D., 1975, University of Oregon Medical School
  • Fellowship

    • NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University, New Haven, CT United States, 1975-76


Selected publications

  • Font, L., Houck, C. A., & Cunningham, C. L. (2017). Naloxone effects on extinction of ethanol- and cocaine-induced conditioned place preference in mice. Psychopharmacology, 234, 2747–2759.
  • Pina, M. M., & Cunningham, C. L. (2017). Ethanol-seeking behavior is expressed directly through an extended amygdala to midbrain neural circuit. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 137, 83-91. PMCID: PMC5214453
  •  Pina, M. M., Young, E. A., Ryabinin, A. E., & Cunningham, C. L. (2015). The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis regulates ethanol-seeking behavior in mice. Neuropharmacology, 99, 627-638. PMCID: PMC4668125.
  • Cunningham, C. L. & Zerizef, C. (2014). Effects of combining tactile with visual and spatial cues in conditioned place preference. Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Behavior, 124, 443-450. PMCID: PMC4170852.
  • Cunningham, C. L. (2014). Genetic relationship between ethanol-induced conditioned place preference and other ethanol phenotypes in 15 inbred mouse strains. Behavioral Neuroscience, 128, 430-445. PMCID: PMC4107118.
  • Dreumont, S. E., & Cunningham, C. L. (2014). Effects of acute withdrawal on ethanol-induced conditioned place preference in DBA/2J mice. Psychopharmacology, 231, 777-785. PMCID: PMC3910420.
  • Young, E. A., Dreumont, S. E., Cunningham, C. L. (2014). Role of nucleus accumbens dopamine receptor subtypes in the learning and expression of alcohol-seeking behavior. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 108, 28-37. PMCID: PMC3552109.
  • Cunningham, C. L., Fidler, T. L., Murphy, K. V., Mulgrew, J. A., & Smitasin, P. J. (2013). Time-dependent negative reinforcement of ethanol intake by alleviation of acute withdrawal. Biological Psychiatry, 73(3), 249-255. PMCID: PMC3552109.
  • Gremel, C. M. & Cunningham, C. L. (2009). Involvement of amygdala dopamine- and nucleus accumbens NMDA- receptors in ethanol-seeking behavior in mice. Neuropsychopharmacology, 34, 1443-1453. PMCID: PMC2678896
  • Cunningham, C. L., Gremel, C. M. & Groblewski, P. A. (2006). Drug-induced conditioned place preference and aversion in mice. Nature Protocols, 1, 1662-1670.


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