Bethany Stennett, PhD


Dr. Stennett received her bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in 2011. She then completed her master’s degree jointly at University on North Florida and The Mayo Clinic – Jacksonville in 2013. There, her research focused on novel therapies for nicotine addiction in alcohol dependent rats. In 2018, Dr. Stennett completed her Ph.D. at the University of Florida. Her dissertation research focused on the effects of simultaneous cocaine and alcohol self-administration on striatal glutamate. In August of 2018, she joined the Center for Pain Research and Behavioral Health as a Post-Doctoral Associate. Dr. Stennett’s current research focuses around the analgesic effects of alcohol consumption in models of acute and chronic pain as well as the self-medication of pain with alcohol.


Stennett, B., Anderson, M. B., Vitus, D., Ferguson, E., Dallery, J., Alappattu, M., Robinson, M., & Boissoneault, J. (2021). Sex moderates the effects of experimentally induced musculoskeletal pain on alcohol demand in healthy drinkers. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 219, 108475.

Williams, M., Vitus, D., Ferguson, E., Stennett, B., Robinson, M., & Boissoneault, J. (in press). Acute Tolerance to the Analgesic Effects of Alcohol. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. These authors contributed equally to this work.

Ferguson, E., Zale, E., Ditre, J., Wesolowicz, D., Stennett, B., Robinson, M., & Boissoneault, J. (in press). CANUE: A Theoretical Model of Pain as an Antecedent for Substance Use. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Stennett, B. A., & Knackstedt, L. A. (2020). A rat model of cocaine-alcohol polysubstance use reveals altered cocaine seeking and glutamate levels in the nucleus accumbens. Frontiers in Neuroscience14, 877.

Sevel, L.S., Stennett, B., Schneider II, V., Bush, N., Nixon, S.J., Robinson, M., & Boissoneault, J. (2020). Acute Alcohol Intake Produces Widespread Decreases in Cortical Resting Signal Variability in Health Social Drinkers. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research (epub ahead of print). PMID: 32472620.

Boissoneault, J., Sevel, L., Stennett, B., Alappattu, M., Bishop, M., Robinson, M. (2020) Regional Increases in Brain Signal Variability Are Associated with Pain Intensity Reductions Following Repeated Eccentric Exercise Bouts. European Journal of Pain, 00; 1-10. DOI: 10.1002ejp.1532.

Boissoneault, J., Stennett, B., Robinson, M.E. (2020) Acute Alcohol Intake Alters Resting State Functional Connectivity of Nucleus Accumbens with Pain-related Corticolimbic Structures. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Saleh MG, Wang M, Mikkelsen M, Hui SCN, Oeltzschner G, Boissoneault J, Stennett B, Edden RAE, Porges EC. (2019) Simultaneous edited MRS of GABA, glutathione, and ethanol. NMR in Biomedicine.

Stennett, B., Padovan-Hernandez, Y., Knackstedt, L. (2019) A novel rat model of cocaine and alcohol poly substance use reveals significant changes in nucleus accumbent glutamate homeostasis relative to cocaine self-administration alone. Neuropsychopharmacology. DOI: 10.1038/s41386-019-0452-2.

Stennett, B., Frankowski, J., Peris, J., Knackstedt, L. (2017). Ceftriaxone reduces alcohol intake in outbred rats while upregulating xCT in the nucleus accumbens core. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior 159: 18-23.

LaCrosse, A., Stennett, B., Knackstedt, L. (2017). Polysubstance-related disorders. In: Wetzel, A. (Ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.Thousand Oaks, USA: SAGE Publications. 

Pati, D., Kelly, K., Stennett, B.,Frazier, J., Knackstedt, L. (2016). Alcohol self-administration increases basal glutamate in the nucleus accumbens via a mGluR5-dependent mechanism without affecting pre-synaptic release properties. European Journal of Neuroscience 44(2): 1896-1905.

Fredrickson, P., Boules, M., Stennett, B., Richelson, E. (2014). Neurotensin agonist attenuates nicotine potentiation to cocaine sensitization. Behavioral Sciences4(1):42-52.

Boules, M., Stennett, B., Muhktar, N., Zhimin, L., Cai, S., Richelson, E. (2013). Novel therapy for nicotine addiction in alcohol dependent rats. Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy4(4); 161.

Blashfield, R.K., Reynolds, S.M., Stennett, B.A. (2012). The death of histrionic personality disorder. In T.A. Widiger (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Personality Disorders. New York: Oxford University Press.