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Richard Bodnar
Position: Acting Executive Officer and Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|Queens College
Phone: 212-817-8718
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York
Training Area: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience|Clinical Psychology @ Queens College
Research Interests: Behavioral pharmacology; Conditioned flavor preferences; food intake
Research Focus: Neuroscience

Richard Bodnar is the Acting Executive Officer of the doctoral program in Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and professor in the Psychology Department at Queens College. He served as Dean of Research and Graduate Studies of Queens College (2008-2016), Chair of the Queens College Psychology Department (1998-2008) and Neuropsychology Doctoral Subprogram Head (1992-1998). Since its inception in 1979, his Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory examined the underlying pharmacology and neuroanatomical sites of action of two major neurobehavioral homeostatic systems: a) Neurobehavioral Mechanisms of Food Intake, and b) Neurobehavioral Mechanisms of Pain Inhibition. In the study of Neurobehavioral Mechanisms of Food Intake, the following themes have been examined: i) Pharmacology and Neuroanatomy of Conditioned Flavor Preferences, ii) Genetic Variance in Ingestive Responses, iii) Molecular Opioid Manipulations and Ingestive Behavior, iv) Neuroanatomical Mapping Studies of Opioid-induced Feeding, and v) Opioid Receptor Subtypes and Ingestive Behavior. In the study of [Neurobehavioral Mechanisms of Pain Inhibition], the following themes have been examined: i) Sex Differences in Opioid-Induced Analgesia, ii) Neuroanatomical Mapping Studies of Opioid-Induced Analgesia, iii) Stress-induced Analgesia, and iv) Non-Opioid Analgesic Responses. Since 2002, Richard has written the Endogenous Opioids and Behavior Annual Reviews which covers all of the peer-reviewed articles in the field for the previous year.