Philip Vieira

College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychology

Assistant Professor

(310) 243-3271




Ph.D.University of California, Riverside
M.A.University of California, Riverside
B.A.California State University, Fresno

Behavioral Neurosience, neuroplasticity, addiction, pharmacokinetics.

Human behavior ultimately derives from changes within the brain.  The broader scope of my research is to understand how neurobiology supports these changes. I currently study the role drugs of abuse play in exploiting the brain’s adaptive framework to produce maladaptive (addiction) behavior. I am also interested in the individual differences that interact with the environment to create the conditions that support drug addiction. These include epigenetics, endocrinology and drug metabolism. To that end, I am also involved in work that has developed next generation biosensors to detect real-time changes in individual drug kinetics and dynamics.

Miller, B.W., Wroten, M.G., Sacramento, A.D., Silva, H.E., Ben-Shahar, O., Shin, C., Vieira, P.A., Kippin, T.E., & Szumlinski, K.K. (2016). Incubation of cocaine-craving requires PKCε priming within vmPFC. Addiction Biology, doi: 10.1111/adb.12354

Vieira, P.A., & Korzus, E. (2015). CBP-dependent memory consolidation in the prefrontal cortex supports hippocampus-dependent spatial recognition learning. Hippocampus, 25, 1532-1540

Lovelace, J.W., Vieira, P.A., Corches, A., & Korzus, E. (2015). Adolescent cannabis abuse leads to impaired discrimination memory and prefrontal plasticity. Neuropsychopharmacology, 99, 242-255  

Vieira, P.A., Corches, A., Lovelace, J.W., Westbrook, K., Mendoza, M., & Korzus, E. (2015). Prefrontal NMDA receptors expressed in excitatory neurons control fear discrimination and fear extinction. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 119,52-62

Vieira, P.A., Lovelace, J.W., Corches, A., Rashid, A., Josselyn, S., & Korzus, E. (2014). Prefrontal consolidation supports the attainment of fear memory accuracy. Learning and Memory, 21, 394-405

Lovelace, J.W., Vieira, P.A., Corches, A., Mackie,K., & Korzus, E. (2014). Impaired memory specificity associated with deficient endocannabinoids-dependent long-term plasticity. Neuropsychopharmacology, 39, 1685-1693

PSY 305: History and Systems
PSY 535: Advanced Research Methods