Department of Psychological Sciences

Chris Newland

Chris Newland

Chris Newland


110 Thach Hall
(334) 844-6479
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  • 1987, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Environmental Medicine, University of Rochester
  • 1982, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 1972, B.E.E., Auburn University

About Chris Newland

Dr. Newland explores the behavioral impact of drugs and environmental contaminants that act on the brain. A life-span development approach is threaded through his research, so he has examined early development, aging and, more recently, adolescence, all in experimental models. He draws from the experimental analysis of behavior, environmental health, psychopharmacology, and especially quantitative models of behavior, to explore how the neural consequences of drug and toxicant exposure are expressed behaviorally. His research is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Dr. Newland sits on the editorial board of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Perspectives on Behavior Science, Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Neurotoxicology (where he is an Associate Editor), Neurotoxicology and Teratology, and he served on the Neurotoxicology and Alcohol Study Section (NIH Grant Review Panel). Dr. Newland is honored to be awarded the APA’s Division 25 award for Distinguished Contributions to Behavior Analysis and Auburn’s Creative Scholarship Award. He is a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and currently is a member of the ABAI Council.

Classes Taught

  • PSYC 3650: Drugs and Behavior
  • PSYC 7150: Biopsychology
  • PSYC 7140: Behavior Principles
  • PSYC 5620/6620: Drugs, Brain, and Behavior
  • PSYC 8510: Context and Consequences of Behavior (occasional seminar)
  • PSYC 6610: Behavioral Effects of Environmental Contaminants (occasional seminar)
  • PSYC 7110: Ethics and Problems of Professional and Scientific Psychology

Representative Publications

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Selected recent peer-reviewed publications:

Boomhower, S.R. and M.C. Newland, Effects of adolescent exposure to methylmercury and d-amphetamine on reversal learning and an extradimensional shift in male mice. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol, 2017. 25(2): p. 64-73.

Newland, M.C., & Bailey, J.M. (2017). Behavioral science and environmental health policy: Methylmercury as an exemplar. Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Sciences (PIBBS). 4(1), 96-103 

Pope, D.A., Boomhower, S.R., Hutsell, B.A., Teixeira, K, Newland, M.C. (2016) Chronic cocaine exposure in adolescence: Effects on spatial discrimination reversal, delay discounting, and performance on fixed-ratio schedules in mice. Neurobiology or Learning and Memory. 130, 93-104

Boomhower, S. R., & Newland, M. C. (2016) Adolescent methylmercury exposure affects choice and delay discounting in mice. Neurotoxicology.  57, 236-144.

Hoffman, D.J., and Newland, M.C. (2016) Chronic methylmercury exposure decreases the ability, but not the motivation to run: A microstructural analysis and protection by nimodipine. Neurotoxicology, 54, 127-139

Shen, A. N., Pope, D. A., Hutsell, B. A., & Newland, M. C. (2015). Spatial discrimination reversal and incremental repeated acquisition in adolescent and adult Balb/c mice. Behavioural Processes, 118, 59-70.

Pope, D.A., M.C. Newland, and B.A. Hutsell, D. (2015). Delay-specific stimuli and genotype interact to determine temporal discounting in a rapid-acquisition procedure. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (Bloomington, IN) 103(3): 450-471.

Hutsell, B., Newland, M.C. (2013). A quantitative analysis of the effects of qualitatively different reinforcers on fixed ratio responding in inbred strains of mice. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.

Newland, M.C. (2012) In G. J. Madden (Ed) Environmental Health and Behavior Analysis: Contributions and Interactions. In APA Handbook of Behavior Analysis. Vol 2. Translating Principles into Practice. Washington, DC: APA Press. Pp 225-253.

Pesek-Cotton, E.F., Johnson, J.E., Newland, M.C. (2011). Reinforcing behavioral variability: an analysis of dopamine-receptor subtypes and intermittent reinforcement. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior.97, 551-559.

Zinn, T.E., Newland, M.C., Ritchie, K.E. (2015). The efficiency and efficacy of equivalence-based learning: A randomized control trial. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 48 (4), 865-882.

Selected Book Chapters

Newland, M.C. (2012) In G. J. Madden (Ed) Environmental Health and Behavior Analysis: Contributions and Interactions. In APA Handbook of Behavior Analysis. Vol 2. Translating Principles into Practice. Washington, DC: APA Press. Pp 225-253.

Newland, M.C. (2012) Methylmercury and fish nutrients in experimental models. In M. Aschner (Ed) Current Topics in Neurotoxicity. Springer Science. 

Last Updated: July 31, 2019