Ryan T Lacy Associate Professor of Psychology



B.A., Kenyon College: 2007

M.A., Ph.D., University of South Carolina: 2009, 2012

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Davidson College: 2013-2015

Bio and Research

Dr. Lacy received his Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of South Carolina.  His dissertation research focused on developing an animal model of prenatal nicotine exposure and examined the future susceptibility to drug abuse behaviors in exposed offspring.  Dr. Lacy also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Davidson College where he investigated the effects of exercise and social interactions on drug self-administration behavior in rodents.   His research interests are focused on determining factors that influence learning and motivated behavior as they relate to drug abuse liability at the preclinical level. The goal of the research in the Lacy lab is to understand the multi-faceted problem of drug abuse, using animal models, and how this research can inform our knowledge of drug use/abuse in human populations.   To see Dr. Lacy's publication record please follow this link: publications

Courses Taught

  • PSY 100: Laboratory
  • PSY 302: Biopsychology​
  • PSY 310: Conditioning and Learning
  • CNX 186: What Aren't We Addicted To?


Professional Organizations

American Psychological Association (Div. 28)
Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN)
International Study Group Investigating Drugs as Reinforcers (ISGIDAR)
College on Problems of Drug Dependency (CPDD)