Matthew Weaver
Associate Professor

Dr. Matthew T. Weaver earned his Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Florida and his B.S. from Allegheny College. Matt is an experimentalist whose primary interests are the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Behavioral Pharmacology, Behavioral Neuroscience, and the Addiction Sciences.  Matt is highly motivated to teach students in these areas and bolsters his classroom lessons with a student-centered laboratory research.  In this setting, Matthew mentors students as they collect physiological, behavioral, and subjective measures related tobacco abuse and impulsivity.  In general Matthew’s research line revolves around the phenomenon of addiction, the neurobiological mechanisms of nicotine, and the role of impulsivity in addictions. 

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 101)

Majoring in Psychology (PSYC 203/204) 

Learning and Motivation (PSYC 236)

Biopsychology (PSYC 252) 

Advanced Behavior Analysis (PSYC 284)

Statistics in Psychology (PSYC 290) 

Research Methods I (PSYC 291) 

Research Methods II (PSYC 292)   



Weaver, M.T., Geier, C.F., Levin, M.E., Caggiula, A.R., Sved, A.F., Donny, E.C. (2012). Adolescent exposure to nicotine results in reinforcement enhancement but does not affect adult responding in rats. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2012 Apr 6. [Epub ahead of print]

Weaver, M.T, Coddington, S., Sweitzer, M, Sheppard, J., Verdecchia, N. Caggiula, A.R., Sved, A.F., Donny, E.C. (2012). Withdrawal from nicotine reduces reinforcing effects of a visual stimulus in rats. Nicotine Tob Res. 2012 Jul;14(7):824-32. Epub 2012 Jan 4.

Levin ME, Weaver MT, Palmatier MI, Caggiula AR, Sved AF, Donny EC (2011) Varenicline Dose Dependently Enhances Responding for Nonpharmacological Reinforcers and Attenuates the Reinforcement-Enhancing Effects of Nicotine. Nicotine Tob Res. 2012 Mar;14(3):299-305. Epub 2011 Oct 12