Matthew McMurray

Matthew McMurray

Assistant Professor

221 Psychology Building
Oxford, OH 45056
Curriculum Vitae
McMurray Lab

Teaching Interests

  • Biopsychology
  • Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Advanced Neuroscience
  • Addiction
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Animal Models

Courses Taught

  • PSY 251 | Introduction to Biological Psychology
  • PSY 351 | Advanced Biopsychology
  • PSY 320/352/490 | Broadening Undergraduate Research Participation in Behavioral Neuroscience (BURP-BN)
  • PSY 410A | Senior Capstone in Addiction Neuroscience
  • PSY 456/556 | Advanced Biological Basis of Behavior 
  • CHM/CPB/MBI 436A | Fermentation Science (co-Instructor)
  • PSY 710Z | Brain, Cognitive, and Developmental Seminar

Research Interests

My research interests focus broadly on the neurocircuitry of decision-making and on how early exposure to drugs of abuse, especially during adolescence, causes long term alterations in decision-making and its underlying neurocircuitry. Most individuals have their first experience with drugs (including alcohol) during adolescence, and because drugs directly alter the neurocircuitry that controls decision making and reward, drug use during this particularly vulnerable period is likely to have long term repercussions on behavior. Thus, initial drug use often occurs at one of the most vulnerable developmental periods, while simultaneously altering the trajectory of decision-making processes necessary for normal development. To study these topics, my research concentrates on the intersection of 1) behavioral paradigms of animal (rat) decision-making; 2) neurophysiology; 3) pharmacology and toxicology; 4) neurogenetics; and 5) the dynamic nature of these issues across development.

Professional Recognition

  • Nominee, Outstanding Professor Award, Associated Student Government, Miami University
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Predoctoral Fellowship
  • NIDA Predoctoral Training Grant, UNC Department of Psychology
  • NIAAA Predoctoral Training Grant, UNC Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies
  • Small Animal Imaging Grant, UNC NDRC Neuroimaging Core
  • Junior Investigator Award, Research Society on Alcoholism
  • UNC Graduate Mentor Support Award
  • Richard King Graduate Research Excellence Award, UNC Department of Psychology
  • Travel Awards to attend the National Postdoctoral Association, International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, and Research Society on Alcoholism annual meetings

Representative Publications

  • Tapp DN G, Singstock MD U, Gottliebson M U, McMurray MS (in press) Central but not peripheral administration of oxytocin reduces risk-based decision-making in male rats. Hormones and Behavior.
  • Tapp DN G, Zerkle HL U, McMurray MS (2020) Extent of food restriction affects probability but not delay-based decision-making. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (epub ahead of print).
  • Thompson SM G, Simmons AN U, McMurray MS (2020) The effects of multiple early life stressors on adolescent alcohol consumption. Behavioural Brain Research 380: 112449.
  • Welch AC G, Zhang J, Lyu J, McMurray MS, Javitch JA, Kellendonk C, Dulawa SC (2019) Dopamine D2 receptor overexpression in the nucleus accumbens core induces robust weight loss during scheduled fasting selectively in female mice. Molecular Psychiatry (epub ahead of print).
  • Ward RM, Lewis P, McMurray MS, Brinkman CS G, Taylor EA G, Witmer KA G, Bonar RN G (2019) Relationship between college student intoxication level and their recall of alcohol poisoning symptoms. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education 63(2): 18-34.
  • Amodeo LR G, Jacobs-Brichford E G, McMurray MS, Roitman JD (2017) Acute and long-term effects of adolescent methylphenidate on decision-making and dopamine receptor mRNA expression in the orbitofrontal cortex. Behavioural Brain Research 324: 100-108.
  • Amodeo LR G, McMurray MS, Roitman JD (2017) Orbitofrontal cortex reflects changes in response-outcome contingencies during probabilistic reversal learning. Neuroscience 345: 27-37.
  • McMurray MS, Conway SM G, Roitman JD (2017) Brain stimulation reward supports more consistent and accurate rodent decision-making than food reward. eNeuro 4(2): e0015-17.2017.
  • Ho EV U, Klenotich SJ, McMurray MS, Dulawa SC (2016) Activity-based anorexia alters the expression of BDNF transcripts in the mesocorticolimbic reward circuit. PLoS ONE 11(11): e0166756.
  • McMurray MS, Amodeo LR G, Roitman JD (2016) Consequences of adolescent ethanol consumption on risk preference and orbitofrontal cortex encoding of reward. Neuropsychopharmacology 41: 1366–1375.
  • Klenotich SJ G, Ho EV U, McMurray MS, Server CH, Dulawa SC (2015) Dopamine D2/3 receptor antagonism reduces activity-based anorexia. Translational Psychiatry 5: e613.
  • Cox-Lippard ET G, Jarett TM G, McMurray MS, Zeskind PS, Garber KA, Zoghby CR U, Glaze K, Tate W, Johns JM (2015) Early postpartum pup preference is altered by gestational cocaine treatment: associations with infant cues and oxytocin expression in the MPOA. Behavioural Brain Research 278: 176–185.
  • McMurray MS, Oguz I, Rumple AM, Paniagua B, Styner MA, Johns JM (2015) Effects of prenatal cocaine exposure on early postnatal rodent brain structure and diffusion properties. Neurotoxicology and Teratology 47: 80-88.

A complete list of publications can be found here: