Tatiana A. Shnitko, Ph.D.

  • Research Assistant Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center


After completing her graduate work in Russia, Dr. Shnitko joined the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, where she studied alcohol drinking as a habitual behavior using rodent models. In 2016, she joined the Division of Neuroscience at ONPRC as a faculty member to study the phenomenon of habitual alcohol drinking in nonhuman primates.



  • B.S., 2002, Karelian State Pedagogical University
  • M.S., 2003, Karelian State Pedagogical University
  • Ph.D., 2007, Karelian State Pedagogical University & Russian Academy of Science
  • Fellowship:

    • Postdoctoral training (Neuroscience, Addiction) Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010-2016

Memberships and associations

  • 2009 Member, International Brain Research Organization
  • 2010 Member, Research Society on Alcoholism
  • 2012 Member, Society for Neuroscience
  • 2016 Ad hoc reviewer, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, Journal of Neurochemistry

Areas of interest

  • Alcohol Use and Abuse Disorders
  • Cognitive flexibility and habits
  • Neuromodulation in corticostriatal circuits
  • Fast-scan cyclic voltammetry


Selected publications

  • Ranking cognitive flexibility in a group setting of rhesus monkeys with a set-shifting procedure. Shnitko T.A., Allen D.C., Gonzales S.W., Walter N.A.R., Grant K.A. (2017) Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, in press.
  • Translational research on habit and alcohol. McKim T.H.*, Shnitko T.A.*, Robinson D.L., Boettiger C.A. (2016) Current Addiction Reports, 3(1): 37-49.
  • Acute phenylalanine/tyrosine depletion of phasic dopamine in the rat brain. (2016) Shnitko T.A., Taylor S.C., Stringfield S.J., Zandy S.L., Cofresí R.U., Doherty J.M., Lynch W.B., Boettiger C.A., Gonzales R.A., Robinson D.L., Psychopharmacology 233(11):2045-54.
  • Adolescent binge-like alcohol alters sensitivity to acute alcohol effects on dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens of adult rats. Shnitko T.A., Spear L.P. and Robinson D.L. (2015) Psychopharmacology, 233(3): 361-371.
  • Regional variation in phasic dopamine release during alcohol and sucrose self-administration in rats. Shnitko T.A. and Robinson D.L. (2015) ACS Chemical Neuroscience, 6(1): 147-154.
  • Alcohol impact on evoked dopamine release and clearance in the medial prefrontal cortex of rats. Shnitko T.A., Kennerly L., Spear L.P. and Robinson D.L. (2014) Alcoholism: Clinical and experimental research, 38(12): 2969-2977.
  • Anatomical and pharmacological characterization of catecholamine transients in the medial prefrontal cortex evoked by ventral tegmental area stimulation. Shnitko T.A. and Robinson D.L. (2014) Synapse. 68(4):131-143.


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