Sara J Nixon

Sara J Nixon

Professor & Co-Vice Chair

Department: MD-PSYCHIATRY
Business Phone: (352) 294-4920
Business Email: sjnixon@ufl.edu

About Sara J Nixon

Dr. Nixon is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Chief of Addiction Research, Director of the Biobehavioral Core of the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Director of the Neurocognitive Laboratory in the UF Department of Psychiatry. She is an experienced clinical researcher in the area of substance abuse and dependence.

Because of the complex nature of substance abuse, her work uses comprehensive behavioral assessments including neuropsychological testing, brain electrophysiology (electroencephalography and event-related potentials), and clinical research interviews. This work has provided many opportunities for Dr. Nixon to provide training to graduate students and post-doctoral associates.

In addition to neurobehavioral research, Dr. Nixon has sustained a strong interest in community outreach and education. During her tenure in Oklahoma, she was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Oscar A. Parsons Summer Institute which engaged experts from across the country in the provision of education and training programs for community service providers and she was a key component (with Dr. Deborah Jones-Saumty) in the American Indian Research Group of Oklahoma which fostered substance-related research initiatives among the non-reservation residing tribes in the state. Following the Oklahoma City Bombing (1995), she diverted a portion of her efforts to another concern; the psychiatric impact of the tragedy on the community and emergency responders. Her continued commitment to community outreach is reflected in her on-going work focusing on the cognitive, psychological and social concomitants of substance use and her participation in a variety of workshops, seminars, committees and councils.

 

Dr. Nixon has authored over 110 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters as well as edited two books. She has made over 200 scientific presentations and held grants and awards from a variety of private, state and national sources including the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and more. She is completing her tenure as the Immediate Past President of the Research Society on Alcoholism. Within the American Psychological Association, Dr. Nixon is a Fellow in both Divisions 28 (Substance Use and Psychopharmacology) and 50 (Addiction) of the American Psychological Association. She served as the Member-at-large for Division 50 from 2006-2009.

Accomplishments

Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service to APA Division 50
2019 · Society of Addiction Psychology
Henri Begleiter Excellence in Research Award
2018 · Research Society on Alcoholism
University of Florida Term Professorship
2017-2020 · University of Florida
Exemplary Teacher Award
2017 · University of Florida, College of Medicine
University of Florida Research Foundation Professor
2015-2017 · University of Florida
Fellow
2007 · American Psychological Association
Seixas Outstanding Service Award
2006 · Research Society on Alcoholism
Fellow
2006 · American Psychological Association (Division 50)
Arnold and Bess Ungerman Endowed Chair
2001-2003 · Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Biological Psychology Graduate Student Classroom Teaching Award
2001-2002 · University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Gordon H. Deckert Award for Sustained Excellence in Departmental Educational Endeavors
2000 · Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Provost’s Award for Outstanding Research (Senior Faculty)
1999 · University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Provost's Research Award for Junior Faculty
1991 · University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Research Profile

Dr. Nixon uses neurobehavioral methods and models to examine the acute and chronic effects of alcohol and other drugs. Within her clinical research, her team also explores sex differences, the effects of age, and the import of ethnic/racial minority status.

Because of the complex nature of substance abuse, Dr. Nixon’s work uses comprehensive behavioral assessments including neuropsychological testing, brain electrophysiology (electroencephalography and event-related potentials), and clinical research interviews. In addition to neurobehavioral research, Dr. Nixon has sustained a strong interest in community outreach and education. Her continued commitment to community outreach is reflected in her on-going work focusing on the cognitive, psychological and social concomitants of substance use.

Publications

2014 Psychopharmacology (Berlin. Internet)
2012 Alcoholism-Clinical and Experimental Research
2011 Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
2011 Alcoholism-Clinical and Experimental Research
2010 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
2010 Alcoholism-Clinical and Experimental Research
2009 Journal of Addiction Medicine
2009 Alcoholism-Clinical and Experimental Research
2007 Alcoholism-Clinical and Experimental Research
2003 Progress in Neuropsychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
2003 Alcoholism-Clinical and Experimental Research
2003 Alcoholism-Clinical and Experimental Research
2002 Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
2002 Progress in Neuropsychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
2001 New England Journal of Medicine
2000 Journal of the Oklahoma State Medical Association
1994 Alcohol Health & Research World
1993 Recent developments in alcoholism

Grants

Apr 2020 ACTIVE
18/21 ABCD-USA CONSORTIUM: RESEARCH PROJECT SITE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
NATL INST OF HLTH NIDA · Principal Investigator
Apr 2020 ACTIVE
National Drug Early Warning System Coordinating Center
NATL INST OF HLTH NIDA ·
Sep 2019 ACTIVE
Florida Development in Early Childhood: Adversity and Drug Exposure (FL-DECADE) Study
NATL INST OF HLTH NIDA · Project Manager
Jul 2019 ACTIVE
UF Substance Abuse Training Center in Public Health
NATL INST OF HLTH NIDA ·
Jul 2019 – Jun 2020
Retrospective Longitudinal Analysis of Hair Cortisol Concentrations among Treatment-seekers with Alcohol Use Disorder: The role of Cognitive Training on Stress Systems
RESEARCH SOCIETY ON ALCOHOLISM · Project Manager
Feb 2019 ACTIVE
SoAP Student Research Grant
AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSO · Principal Investigator
Nov 2018 – Mar 2020
Peripheral Correlates of Cognitive Training
UF FOU · Principal Investigator
Sep 2018 ACTIVE
Enhancing Recovery Outcomes in Alcohol Use Disorder: Cognitive Training as an Adjunct to Treatment
NATL INST OF HLTH NIAAA · Mentor
Aug 2018 ACTIVE
Characterizing the effects of family history of alcoholism on alcohol analgesia
NATL INST OF HLTH NIAAA ·
Aug 2018 – May 2019
ABCD-USA Consortium: Coordinating Center
UNIV OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO · Principal Investigator
Jun 2018 – Apr 2020
ABCD-USA Consortium: Research Project
UNIV OF MICHIGAN · Principal Investigator
Apr 2017 – Mar 2020
Sex Differences, Cognitive Training & Emotion Processing: A pilot study of Treatment-Seeking Men and Women with Alcohol Use Disorder
NATL INST OF HLTH NIAAA · Principal Investigator
Jul 2016 – Jul 2019
Testing a Smartphone Breathalyzer and BAC Estimator in Young Adult Heavy Drinkers
NATL INST OF HLTH NIAAA ·
Sep 2015 – Apr 2020
9/13 ABCD-USA Consortium: Research Project
UNIV OF MICHIGAN · Principal Investigator
Aug 2015 – Jul 2018
Effects of GTS-21 on smoking behavior and neurocognitive function
NATL INST OF HLTH NIDA · Principal Investigator
Mar 2015 – Apr 2020
Texas External Quality Review Organization Vendor and Quality Vendor
STATE OF TEXAS HLTH HUMAN SERV COM · Project Manager
Sep 2013 – Aug 2018
Neurobehavioral & emotional deficits in alcoholics
NATL INST OF HLTH NIAAA · Principal Investigator
Jul 2007 – Aug 2016
Clinical and Translational Science Institute
UF RESEARCH FOU · Project Manager

Patents

Issued January 2016
Therapies to Improve Smoking Cessation in Neuropsychiatric and Depressed Patients
#9,233,109
Issued November 2016
Quantitative Measure of Home Functionality in Children with Mitochondrial Diseases
#TXu 1-988-486

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 294-4920
Emails:
Business:
sjnixon@ufl.edu