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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Photo: Paul R. Burghardt, PhD (Adjunct)

Paul R. Burghardt, PhD (Adjunct)

Contact Information


Primary Programs/Services:
Molecular and Behavioral Neurosciences Institute


  • University of South Carolina, School of Medicine
  • University of South Carolina, School of Public Health

Research Interest:

  • Neurobehavioral and hormonal systems that regulate mood, motivation, and metabolism
  • Effects of exercise and nutrition on brain health and function
  • Neurobiology of stress and resiliency
  • Individual differences in adherence to prevention and treatment strategies

Academic Appointment:

  • Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • Burghardt, PR; Love, TM; Enoch, MA; Goldman, D; Zubieta, JK. Leptin influences mesolimbic dopamine response to stress in humans. J. Neuroscience. October 30, 2012. 32(44). 15369-15376.
  • Lott SA, Burghardt PR, Burghardt KJ, Bly MJ, Grove TB, Ellingrod VL. Influence of Metabolic Syndrome, Physical Activity, and Genotype on Catechol-O-Methyl Transferase Promoter-Region Methylation in Schizophrenia. The Pharmacogenomics Journal. EPub: March, 2012. PMID: 22391769.
  • Burghardt, PR; Flagel, SB; Burghardt KJ; Britton, SL; Koch, LG; Watson, SJ; Akil, H. Risk-assessment and coping strategies segregate with low intrinsic aerobic capacity. Neuropsychopharmacology, 2011 Jan;36(2):390-401.. PMCID: PMC3005980.
  • Burghardt, P.R., Fulk, L.J., Hand, G.A., Wilson, M.A. The effects of chronic treadmill and wheel running on behavior in rats. Brain Research. 2004, 1019: 84-96. PMID: 15306242.