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Emma Childs, PhD


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Childs E, White T, de Wit H (2014) Personality traits modulate emotional and physiological responses to acute stress. Behav Pharmacol. 25(5-6):493-502. PMCID: PMC4119514.

Childs E. (2014) Energy drink ingredients: influence on mood and cognitive performance. Nutr Rev. 72 Suppl 1:48-59. PMC Journal – In Process.

Childs E, de Wit H. (2014) Regular exercise is associated with emotional resilience to acute stress in healthy adults. Frontiers in Physiology. 5:161. PMCID: PMC4013452.

Mayo L, Fraser D, Childs E, Momenan R, Hommer D, de Wit H, Heilig M (2013). Conditioned preference to a methamphetamine-associated contextual cue in humans. Neuropsychopharmacology. 38(6):921-9. PMCID: PMC3629404.

Childs E, de Wit H. (2013) Contextual conditioning enhances the psychostimulant and incentive properties of d-amphetamine in humans. Addict Biol. 18(6):985-92. PMC Journal – In Process.

Dlugos A, Childs E, Stuhr K, Hillard CJ, de Wit H. (2012). Acute stress increases circulating anadamide and other N-Acylethanolamines in Healthy Humans. Neuropsychopharmacology. 37(11):2416-27. PMCID: PMC3442338.

Childs E, Roche DJO, King AC, de Wit H (2012) Varenicline potentiates alcohol-induced negative subjective responses and offsets impaired eye movements. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. PMCID: PMC3342420.

Stolerman IP, Childs E, Ford MM, Grant KA. (2011). The role of training dose in drug discrimination: a review. Behavioural Pharmacology. 22(5-6):415-29. PMCID: PMC3155633.

Childs E, O’Connor S, de Wit H. (2011) Bidirectional interactions between acute psychosocial stress and acute intravenous alcohol in healthy men. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 35(10): 1794-803. PMCID: PMC3183385

Childs E, de Wit H. (2010) Effects of acute psychosocial stress upon cigarette craving and smoking. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 12(4):449-53. PMCID: PMC2847070.

Emma Childs, PhD

Visiting Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Emma Childs is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of The Human Addiction Psychopharmacology laboratory. Dr Childs’ research is dedicated to improving our understanding of addictive disorders. One of her primary areas of interest is studying how powerful associations are formed between abused drugs and the people, places and paraphernalia surrounding drug use (i.e., cues). These links are especially persistent in drug addicted individuals and represent a major barrier to the successful treatment of addiction because they can trigger relapse even after long periods of abstinence. Other areas of interest include individual factors that contribute to substance abuse and dependence. For example, genetic, personality, environmental (including stress) and physiological (including sex) factors can all influence an individual’s risk to develop a substance use disorder.

Dr. Childs received her Ph.D. in Behavioral Pharmacology from King’s College London, UK. She then completed post-doctoral training with Professor Harriet de Wit at the University of Chicago, subsequently becoming a junior member of faculty in the Department of Psychiatry. Recently, she joined the UIC Department of Psychiatry and is currently funded by grants awarded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).


Research Society on Alcoholism
The Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior
Association for Behavioral Analysis International
Society for Neuroscience


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