Edward D. Levin, Ph.D.

Edward D. Levin, Ph.D.

Edward D. Levin, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. He has secondary appointments in the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He directs the Neural and Behavioral Assessment and Training Cores of the Duke University Superfund Basic Research Program and is former Director of the Duke Integrated Toxicology Program. Dr. Levin earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology in 1984 at the University of Wisconsin. He was an NIH-sponsored Post-doctoral fellow in Psychopharmacology at the Psychology Department at University of California at Los Angeles and was a visiting scientist at Uppsala University in Sweden. Since 1989 he has conducted research and taught at Duke University. Dr. Levin’s research interests concern the neurobehavioral pharmacology and toxicology. He investigates the neurobehavioral bases of sensorimotor response, addiction and cognitive function with a focus on the roles nicotinic receptor systems in sensory processing drug abuse, cognitive function and developmental neurobehavioral toxicology in rats, mice and zebrafish. He has published over 370 articles and chapters, edited four books and has been granted nine patents from over 35 years of research. He is particularly concerned with addiction and toxicant and therapeutic drug effects on neurobehavioral function including learning, memory, attention, emotional function and sensorimotor modulation. His research is directed not only at determining the functional nature and persistence of impairment, but also the mechanisms of dysfunction and the therapeutic treatments to counteract the damage. He has served as president of Neurobehavioral Teratology Society as well as the Behavioral Toxicology Society. He is co-director of the Duke Center on Addiction and Behavior Change and president of the International Neurotoxicology Society.