Linda A. Dykstra, Ph.D.
William Rand Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor

Research Interests

NIH Biographical Sketch

Linda A. Dykstra, Ph.D.
UNC Chapel Hill
Department of Psychology
CB 3270, 127 Davie Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3270

Phone: 919-962-6595
Fax: 919-962-2537

Research Interests

Behavioral and Pharmacological Investigations of Opioid Analgesics, Drugs of Abuse and Other Psychoactive Compounds

In the past 25 years, Dr. Dykstra’s research has focused on the study of opioid analgesics, with particular focus on opioids that are less likely to produce physical dependence and abuse. Research in Dr. Dykstra's laboratory has examined the relationship between the analgesic effects of opioid analgesics and their interaction with specific opioid receptor types. A more recent research interest includes investigations of genetically-altered mice with relevance to drug dependence and the development of models of mouse behavior for examining behavioral phenotypes related to a range of behavioral disorders.