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Dr. Douglas B. Matthews

Research Scientist, Psychology and Neuroscience

Research Scientist in Psychology and Neuroscience


NIH Postdoctoral Fellow - Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, University of North Carolina
Ph.D. Psychology - Miami University
B.S. Psychology - Southwest Missouri State University


Dr. Matthews joined the Baylor faculty in 2007 as an Associate Professor after serving on the faculty of the University of Memphis for eight years. In 2009, Dr. Matthews transitioned to a Research Scientist position as he joined the faculty of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He studies the neurobiological mechanism of alcohol abuse. Dr. Matthews travels extensively lecturing in such countries as Singapore, Viet Nam, India and various Middle Eastern Countries.

Academic Interests and Research: Neurobiology of alcohol use and abuse

My research is focused on understanding how alcohol use and abuse alters brain structure and function. I use animal models to investigate how alcohol alters brain receptor, electrophysiology and behavior. This work is done with Dr. Diaz-Granados and various graduate students at Baylor University and with various students at NTU in Singapore.

Selected Publications

Berry, R.B., Chandra, D., Diaz-Granados, J.E., Homanics, G.E. & Matthews, D.B. (2009). Investigation of ethanol-induced impairment of spatial memory in 2 heterozygous knockout mice. Neuroscience Letters, 455, 84-87. 5 citations

Kumar, S., Porcu, P., Werner, D.F., Matthews, D.B., Diaz-Granados, J.L., Helfand, R.S., & Morrow, A.L. (2009). The Role of GABAA Receptors in the Acute and Chronic Effects of Ethanol: A Decade of Progress. Psychopharmacology, 205, 529-564. 57 citations

Matthews, D.B. (2010). Adolescence and Alcohol: Recent Advances in Understanding the Impact of Alcohol Use During A Critical Developmental Window. Alcohol, 44, 1-2. 4 citation

Chin, V.S., Van Skike, C.E. & Matthews, D.B. (2010). Effects of Ethanol on Hippocampal Function during Adolescence: A Look at the Past and Thoughts on the Future. Alcohol, 44, 3-14. 7 citations

Philip, V.M, Duvurru, S, Gomero, B, Ansah, T.A., Blaha, C.D., Cook, M.N., Hamre, K.M., Lariviere, R.W., Matthews, D.B., Mittleman, G., Goldowitz, D., & Chesler, E.J. (2010). High-throughput behavioral phenotyping in the expanded panel of BXD recombinant inbred strains. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 9, 129-159. 10 citations

Van Skike, C.E., Botta, P., Chin, V.S., Tokunaga, S., McDaniel, J.M., Venard, J., Diaz-Granados, J.L., Valenzuela, C.F. & Matthews, D.B. (2010). Behavioral Effects of Ethanol in Cerebellum are Age Dependent: Potential System and Molecular Mechanisms. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 34, 2070-2080. 2 citations

Mittleman, G., Call, S.B., Cockroft, J.L, Goldowitz, D., Matthews, D.B., & Blaha, C.D. (2011). Dopamine dynamics associated with, and resulting from, schedule-induced alcohol Self-administration: Analyses in dopamine transporter knockout mice. Alcohol, 45, 325-339. 2 citations

Chin, V.S., Van Skike, C.E., Berry, R.B., Kirk, R.E., Diaz-Granados, J., & Matthews, D.B. (2011). Effect of acute ethanol and acute allopregnanolone on spatial memory in adolescent and adult rats. Alcohol, 45, 473-483. 1 citation

Du, X., Elberger, A.J., Matthews, D.B. & Hamre, K.M. (2012) Heterozygous deletion of NR1 subunite of the NMDA receptor alters ethanol-related behaviors and regional expression of NR2 subunits in the brain. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 34, 177-186.

Novier, A.K., Van Skike, C.E., Chin, V.S., Diaz-Granados, J.L. & Matthews, D.B. (2012). Effects of Low Dose Acute Ethanol on Cognition and Movement in Adolescent and Adult Rats. Neuroscience Letters. 512, 38-42.

Van Skike, C.E., Novier, A.K., Diaz-Granados, J.L. & Matthews, D.B. (2012). Adolescent spatial memory is resilient to chronic intermittent ethanol exposure: The dissociation of metabolic and cognitive tolerance. Brain Research, 1453, 34-39.

Previous Ph.D. students

Janelle McDaniels, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Louisiana Tech University
Sayaka Tokunaga, Research Liaison, Tokyo, Japan
Ray Berry, Postdoctoral Fellow, St. Jude's Children Research Hospital