Kimberly Badanich

Kimberly Badanich

Professor of Instruction


Office: SMC B309
Phone: 941/359-4451


Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Kimberly Badanich is an Instructor of Psychology at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus. Her research expertise is in the field of behavioral neuroscience. Dr. Badanich received her B.S. in Psychology from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC and her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from The University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.

During her graduate career, Dr. Badanich investigated the effects of alcohol and other drugs of abuse on behavior and brain neurochemistry in the developing rodent. Specifically, Dr. Badanich studied how repeated drug exposure early in life impacted drug-seeking behaviors (conditioned place preference; CPP) as well as the normal development of brain neurochemistry [mesolimbic dopamine (DA)].

Dr. Badanich continued her research in the field of addiction as a Post-doctoral Fellow at The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC. As a Post-doc, Dr. Badanich worked in the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs and The Charleston Alcohol Research Center. At MUSC, she investigated the long-term effects of alcohol dependency on cognitive abilities and neurophysiology. Specifically, Dr. Badanich was awarded an individual post-doctoral training award (F32) through the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to assess the impact of alcohol dependency in mice on performance of tasks requiring behavioral flexibility (attention set-shifting). Furthermore, she characterized the acute alcohol sensitivity of glutamatergic and GABAergic transmission in neurons from the orbitofrontal cortex using acute slice patch-clamp electrophysiology. During her spare time she enjoys being with her husband and son, biking, and ballroom dancing.


Badanich, K.A., *Fakih, M.E., *Gurina, T.S., *Roy, E.K., *Hoffman, J.L., *Uruena-Agnes, A.R., Kirstein, CL. (2016) Reversal learning and experimenter-administered chronic intermittent ethanol exposure in male rats. Psychopharmacology, 233(19), 3615-3626. doi:10.1007/s00213-016-4395-6 PMID: 27518574

Badanich, K.A., Mulholland, P.J., Beckley, J.T., Trantham-Davidson, H., Woodward, J.J. (2013) Ethanol Reduces Neuronal Excitability of Lateral Orbitofrontal Cortex Neurons Via a Glycine Receptor Dependent Mechanism. Neuropsychopharmacology.

Badanich, K.A., and Kirstein, C.L. (2012) Cocaine-Induced Reinstatement of a Conditioned Place Preference in Developing Rats: Involvement of the D2 Receptor Brain Sciences, 2(4): 573-588.

Badanich, K.A., Becker, H.C., Woodward, J.J. (2011) Effects of chronic intermittent ethanol exposure on orbitofrontal and medial prefrontal cortex-dependent behaviors in mice. Behavioral Neuroscience, 125 (6): 879-891.

Badanich, K.A., Doremus-Fitzwater, T.L., Mulholland, P.J., Randall, P.K., Delpire, E., Becker, H.C. (2011) NR2B-deficient mice are more sensitive to the locomotor stimulant and depressant effects of ethanol. Genes, Brain, and Behavior, 10(7): 805-16.

Maldonado-Devincci, A.M., Badanich, K.A., Kirstein, C.L. (2010) Alcohol during adolescence selectively alters immediate and long-term behavior and neurochemistry. Alcohol, 44(1): 57-66.

Badanich, K.A., Maldonado, A.M., Kirstein, C.L. (2008) Early adolescents show enhanced acute cocaine- induced locomotor activity in comparison to late adolescent and adult rats. Developmental Psychobiology, 50: 127-133.

Badanich, K.A., Maldonado, A.M., Kirstein, C.L. (2007) Chronic ethanol exposure during adolescence increases basal dopamine in the nucleus accumbens septi during adulthood. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 31(5): 895-900.

Badanich, K.A., Adler, K.J., & Kirstein, C.L. (2006). Adolescents differ from adults in cocaine conditioned place preference and cocaine-induced dopamine in the nucleus accumbens septi. European Journal of Pharmacology, 550, 95-106.

Badanich, K.A. & Kirstein, C.L. (2004). Nicotine administration significantly alters accumbal dopamine in the adult but not in the adolescent rat. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences,1021: 410-417.