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


Ph.D., Psychology/Neuroscience, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2002
B.S., Psychology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1997
Post Doctoral
Neuroendocrinology, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, 2002-2004
Neuroendocrinology, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2001-2002
Research Interests
Dr. 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.