Associate Professor, Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences
Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: (605) 677-6883
Fax: (605) 677-6381
, Psychology/Neuroscience, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2002B.S.
, Psychology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1997
Neuroendocrinology, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, 2002-2004
Neuroendocrinology, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2001-2002
Forster's research interests lie in understanding the neurobiology that
underlies anxiety states and addiction. Dr. Forster's NIDA-funded
research uses rodent models of early-life stress, psychostimulant abuse,
and drug withdrawal to study the neurobiological and behavioral
interaction between stress and drug abuse, with a major focus on
monoamine and neuroendocrine systems and anxiety behaviors. Dr.
Forster's laboratory is also funded by DoD to explore the neural
mechanisms that underlie the link between mild traumatic brain injury
and heightened anxiety states in an rodent model. Furthermore, in
collaboration with Drs. Raluca Gaher and Jeffrey Simons in the
Psychology Dept. at USD, Dr. Forster's laboratory is conducting
DoD-funded research to understand the behavioral, cognitive and neural
associations between a specific anxiety disorder (PTSD) and alcohol use
and abuse in veterans.