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Sara Jo Nixon, Ph.D.

Contact Information:
Dept. of Psychiatry
McKnight Brain Institute
University of Florida
P. O. Box 100256
Gainesville, FL 32610
Phone: (352) 294-4920
Email: sjnixon@ufl.edu

Position:
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, College of Medicine, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Chief, Division of Addiction Research, Director, Neurocognitive Laboratory, Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida College of Medicine; Director, Research Development, Stewart-Marchman-Act – University of Florida Collaborative Initiative; Director, Biobehavioral Core, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), University of Florida. Director, Research Development, Collaborative Initiative: University of Florida, Washington University, St. Louis, and Professionals Resource Network (Fernandina Beach, FL).

Research Summary:
Dr. Nixon conducts clinical researcher in the area of substance abuse and dependence.

Training:
B.S., Southwestern Oklahoma State University,1976. Major: Psychology. Minor: Chemistry. M.S., University of Oklahoma, 1979. Major: Psychology. Mentor: Dr. N. Jack Kanak. Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 1982. Major: Human learning/memory processes. Minor: Quantitative methods and developmental processes. Mentor: Dr. N. Jack Kanak. NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 1987-1990. Postdoctoral training in biological psychology, neuropsychology and substance abuse. Primary sponsor: Oscar A. Parsons.

Current Research Focus:
Because of the complex nature of substance abuse, Dr. Nixon’s work uses comprehensive behavioral assessments including neuropsychological testing, brain electrophysiology (electroencephalography and event-related potentials), and clinical research interviews. In addition to neurobehavioral research, Dr. Nixon has sustained a strong interest in community outreach and education. Her continued commitment to community outreach is reflected in her on-going work focusing on the cognitive, psychological and social concomitants of substance use.

Recent Publications:
Nixon, S. J., Prather R. A., & *Gilbertson, R. J. (2011). Focusing research efforts: What further research into FASD is needed? In E. Riley, S. Clarren, J. Weinberg, E. Jonsson (Eds.), Fetal alcohol syndrome disorders (FASD) — a health policy perspective. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Morey, T. E., Booth, M. M., Prather, R. A., Nixon, S. J., Boissoneault, J., Melker, R. J., Goldberger, B. A., Wohltjen, H., Dennis, D. M. (2011). Measurement of ethanol in gaseous breath using a miniature gas chromatograph. J Anal Toxicol 35(3):134-42.

Gilbertson, R. J., Prather, R. A., Nixon, S. J. (2010). Acute alcohol administration and placebo effectiveness in older moderate drinkers: Influences on cognitive performance. J Stud Alcohol Drugs, 71(3), 345-350.

Gilbertson, R. J., Ceballos, N. A., Prather, R., & Nixon, S. J. (2009). Effects of acute alcohol consumption in older and younger adults: Perceived impairment versus psychomotor performance. J Stud Alcohol Drugs, 70(2), 242-252.