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Associate Professor of Psychology

Areas of Expertise:

  • Drug Abuse (alcoholism, binge drinking, behavioral effects of marijuana, simulated driving under the influence)
  • Insomnia
  • Psychology in Film

Biography:

Liguori came to Lakeland from Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he had been a faculty member in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology since 1996.

Liguori served as a reviewer of drug supply requests for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and his research investigated the behavioral effects of frequently abused drugs in humans. His recent research has focused on mood, equilibrium and simulated driving performance following use of alcohol, caffeine, marijuana and other substances. His research has been published in professional journals and supported by more than a dozen grants.

He has done significant work outside the classroom, including serving as a reviewer for approximately two dozen academic journals, and service on several medical center committees, including chairing an Institutional Review Board. He is past-president of the Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse Division of the American Psychological Association.

Education:

Liguori completed a bachelor's in psychology at Georgetown University and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from Boston University. He did postdoctoral training as a research fellow in psychobiology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/New England Regional Primate Research Center for three years and as a research associate in the Human Behavioral Pharmacology Lab in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont for two years.

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