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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Photo: Shelly Flagel, Ph.D.

Shelly Flagel, Ph.D.

Contact Information


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 AssociateProfessor, Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute
  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • Haight JL, Fraser K, Akil H, Flagel SB: The paraventricular nucleus of the thalamus mediates incentive salience attribution to food cues. European Journal of Neuroscience, 2015 Oct;42(7):2478-88.
  • Flagel SB, Waselus M, Clinton SM, Watson SJ, Akil H: Antecedents and consequences of drug abuse in rats selectively bred for high and low response to novelty. NIDA 40th Anniversary Issue of Neuropharmacology, 76:425-436, January 2014.
  • Haight J and Flagel SB: A potential role for the paraventricular nucleus of the thalamus in mediating individual variation in Pavlovian conditioned responses. Special Issue of Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8(79):1-10, March 2014.
  • 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.

Personal Links:

The Flagel Lab

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