NIH Postdoctoral Fellow - Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, University of North CarolinaPh.D. Psychology - Miami UniversityB.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.
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 ã2 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. studentsJanelle McDaniels, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Louisiana Tech University
Sayaka Tokunaga, Research Liaison, Tokyo, Japan
Ray Berry, Postdoctoral Fellow, St. Jude's Children Research Hospital