Nelson to study persistence of anxiety and drug-abuse disorders

James Byron Nelson, Department of Psychology and Counseling, recently received a $125,159 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Mental Health.

The three-year grant will allow Nelson and several undergraduate research assistants to conduct research that could produce knowledge of basic learning mechanisms that will help to explain the persistence of anxiety and drug-abuse disorders.

The grant money will help the university defray administrative, facility and salary costs during the course of the study.

The dissemination of the research also will enhance UCA?s reputation for scholarship, serving to attract quality students and increase the likelihood of future funding. Students will gain educational experiences through participating in an internationally recognized line of research that would otherwise be unavailable. Such experience is invaluable for graduate school preparation.