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Steven Kinsey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Area Coordinator, Behavioral Neuroscience

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Dr. Kinsey received his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 2007, after which he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He joined the WVU faculty in August, 2011 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017.

Research Interests

Dr. Kinsey is a biomedical researcher with specialized training in behavioral neuroscience. His strong research interests in modulating stress and emotionality led him to obtain postdoctoral training in cannabinoid pharmacology. His current research interests on the effects of stress and endogenous cannabinoids on pain and emotionality is evidenced by a publication record in a broad range of journals, including work on stress, inflammation, emotionality, and neuropathic and inflammatory pain models. The ultimate goal of his empirical work is to identify targets for the development of new pharmacological treatments for inflammatory and emotional disorders in humans.


  • Psychology 425 – Perception
  • Psychology 721 – History & Systems