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Welcome to the Adolescent Alcohol Research Laboratory at Binghamton University!

This website was designed to provide non-scientists as well as researchers, prospective students, postdoctoral trainees and staff with information about the Drugs and Development laboratory directed by Linda Spear, Ph.D., at Binghamton University. This website provides information about us, our research activities, laboratory affiliates and links to other relevant websites. We hope that you find our website useful.

Please feel free to contact us with questions about our work or queries about possible openings in our laboratory. We seek bright, dedicated, and enthusiastic individuals to join us in exploring the interrelationships between brain development, behavior and stress during adolescence and in our quest to understand why adolescents often use alcohol and other drugs so avidly and whether there are lasting consequences of that use.

Doing research is a joy, privilege, and responsibility….

Do I drink too much?

Research conducted by Dr. Spear was recently featured on the BBC program Horizon. In this episode, titled "Do I Drink Too Much?", Dr. Spear discusses the effects of alcohol on adolescents.

The Behavioral Neuroscience of Adolescence.

linda spears bookDr. Spear's book provides an overview of the genetic, hormonal, and neurological developments that take place during adolescence, and shows how these changes, along with influential sociocultural factors, interact to produce distinctly adolescent behaviors and thought processes.

Drink now, pay later?

linda spear in binghamton research magazine

Binghamton Research magazine highlights the relevance of Dr.Spear's research.



Lab Members

Principal Investigator
Dr. Linda Spear

Affiliated Faculty
Dr. Elena Varlinskaya

Graduate Students
Carol Dannenhoffer, MS
Jon Gore-Langton, MS
Jes Saalfield, MS
Dominika Hosová
Esther Kim


Laboratory technicians and support staff
Lynda Ruffini, LVT, RVT
Amy MacDonald, Administrative Assistant to Dr. Spear
Julia Herman, lab technician

Last Updated: 10/16/17