Natashia Swalve


Assistant Professor and Psychology Chair



Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.A. Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • B.A. Psychology, Winona State University, Winona, MN

I am...

 a neuroscientist with a specialization in drugs of abuse. I am curious about how we talk about drug abuse in the media, how we develop new ways of treating drug addiction and how we can understand the mechanisms behind why we take drugs, both legal and illegal. 


Assistant Professor

My career at Alma began in


My expertise:

drugs of abuse, animal models of mental disorders, psychopharmacology

Signature course(s):


Recent publications:

Swalve, N., Mulholland, M.M., & Li, M. Chronic nicotine and phencyclidine alters the acoustic features of 50 kHz ultrasonic vocalizations in rats (accepted to Behavioural Pharmacology)

Swalve, N., Harfmann, B., Mitrzyk, J.*, & Montoye, A.H.K. (2018). Accuracy of activity monitors in assessing sleep quantity and quality. Journal for the Measurement of Physical Behavior. 1, 108-121.

Flores, R.J., Uribe, K., Swalve, N., & O’Dell, L.E. Sex differences in nicotine intravenous self-administration: A meta-analytic review (epub ahead of print at Physiology and Behavior)

DeFoster, R. & Swalve, N. (2018) Guns, culture or mental health? Mass shootings as a public health problem. Health Communication 33(10) 1211-1222.

Swalve, N., Smethells, J.R., Younk, R.*, Mitchell, J.*, & Carroll, M.E. (2018) Sex-specific attenuation of impulsive action by progesterone in a Go/No-Go task for cocaine in rats. Psychopharmacology 235(1) 135-143

Charntikov, S., Pittenger, S.T., Swalve, N., Li, M., & Bevins, R.A. (2017) Double dissociation of the anterior and posterior dorsomedial caudate-putamen in the acquisition and expression of associative learning with the nicotine stimulus. Neuropharmacology 121 111-119