Associate Directors

Michael Cucciare, Ph.D.

Michael Cucciare, Ph.D., and William E. Fantegrossi,, Ph.D., are the co-associate directors of the NIDA T32 Research Training Program at UAMS.

An assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Cucciare is a clinical psychologist interested in the implementation of evidence-based mental health practices in medical settings. He completed a predoctoral psychology internship at the VA Palo Alto where he developed clinical expertise in behavioral medicine and motivational interviewing. While a postdoctoral research fellow in health services research, he was involved in several studies evaluating technology-delivered protocols for treating alcohol misuse and training providers in evidence-based interventions for treating substance use disorders.

William E. Fantegrossi, Ph.D.

Fantegrossi, an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, trained as a behavioral pharmacologist at the University of Michigan and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. His research focuses on the behavioral pharmacology of emerging drugs of abuse, including designer psychostimulants (“bath salts”), cannabinoids (“K2 / Spice” products), and hallucinogens. His lab emplys a variety of in vivo assays to study drug actions, including biotelemetry, intravenous drug self-administration, conditioned place preference, drug discrimination, operant behavior, antinociception, and drug-elicited behaviors.The ultimate goal of these studies is to better understand the abuse-related effects of novel pharmacological entities in order to inform clinicians, develop therapeutic strategies, and guide legislation.