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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Shelly Flagel, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone: 734 936 2033
Fax: 734 647 4130

Primary Programs/Services:
Molecular and Behavioral Neurosciences Institute


  • University of Michigan Neuroscience Program Ph.D.
  • University of Michigan Honors in Biopsychology B.S.

Research Interest:

  • Individual differences in vulnerability to addiction and impulse control disorders
  • Mechanisms of reward learning
  • Neurobiology of motivated behavior

Academic Appointment:

  • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
  • Research Investigator, Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute
  • Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Psychology
  • Lecturer, Department of Psychology

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • Flagel SB*, Clark JJ*, Robinson TE, Mayo L, Czuj A, Willuhn I, Akers CA, Clinton SM, Phillips PEM, Akil H: A selective role for dopamine in stimulus-reward learning. Nature, 469(7328):53-7, Jan 2011.
  • Flagel SB, Robinson TE, Clark JJ, Clinton SM, Watson SJ, Seeman P, Phillips PE, Akil H: An animal model of genetic vulnerability to behavioral disinhibition and responsiveness to reward-related cues: implications for addiction. Neuropsychopharmacology, 35(2): 388-400, Jan 2010.
  • Robinson TE, Flagel SB: Dissociating the predictive and incentive motivational properties of reward-related cues through the study of individual differences. Biological Psychiatry, 65(10):869-873,May 2009.
  • Flagel SB, Akil H, Robinson TE: Individual differences in the attribution of incentive salience to reward-related cues: implications for addiction. Neuropharmacology, 56(S1):139-48, June 2009.

Personal Links:

The Flagel Lab