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Rachel M. Donka BS

Rachel M. Donka
Designation
  • Graduate Student, Behavioral Neuroscience Program, Department of Psychology
  • Pre-doctoral Fellow, Alcohol Research Training Grant in Epigenetics and Pathophysiology (ARTEP)
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Rachel Donka is a graduate student in Dr. Jamie Roitman’s laboratory in the department of Psychology. She received her bachelor’s degrees in psychology and economics from Seattle Pacific University, where she conducted research on animal foraging behavior and risk-based decision making. Currently, her research focuses on reward and reinforcement in the context of motivated behavior and drug abuse. More specifically, current research projects are focused on the effects of acute and chronic morphine exposure on dopaminergic signaling and behavioral reward sensitivity in adolescent and adult rats.

  • Donka RM, Hsu T, Roitman MF, Roitman JD. Chronic water restriction reduces sensitivity to brain stimulation reward in male and female rats. Physiol Behav. 2023 May 1;263:114110. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2023.114110. Epub 2023 Feb 3. PMID: 36740136; PMCID: PMC10064935.