Dr. Frank Ferraro, III

Associate Professor of Psychology
(402) 465-2430
fferraro [at] NebrWesleyan.edu
Smith-Curtis 340E
Office hours: 

M-F 3-4pm (Fall 2014)


• B.S, Psychology (1998). University of Nebraska at Omaha (Magna Cum Laude).
• Ph.D., Psychology-Behavioral Neuroscience Program (2003). Kansas State University.
Post-doctoral Research at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2004-2006).

Courses taught: 

• Research Methods in Psychology and Lab (Psych 111)
• Health Psychology (Psych 118)
• Psychopharmacology (Psych 215)
• Behavioral Neuroscience (Psych 212)
• Introduction to Senior Research (Psych 292)
• Senior Research (Psych 299)

Summer Course (tentatively offered every other year): Psychological Reactions to Nature

Research and academic interests: 

Academic Research: The effects of outdoor/nature exposure on behavior and brain function. Many interests within Environmental Psychology.

Other Interests: Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology

Research Publications:

1. Coonfield, D.L., Hill, K.G., Kaczmarek, H.J., Ferraro III, F.M. & Kiefer, S.W. (2002). Low doses of naltrexone alter alcohol palatability and consumption in rats. Alcohol, 26, 43-47.
2. Ferraro III, F.M., Hill, K.G., Kaczmarek, H.J., Coonfield, D.L., & Kiefer, S.W. (2002). Naltrexone modifies the palatability of basic tastes and alcohol in outbred male rats. Alcohol, 27, 107-114.
3. Coonfield, D.L., Kiefer, S.W., Ferraro III, F.M., Sinclair, J.D. (2004). Ethanol palatability and consumption by high ethanol-drinking rats: Manipulation of the opioid system with naltrexone. Behavioral Neuroscience, 118, 1089-1096.
4. Ferraro III, F.M., & Kiefer, S.W. (2004). Behavioral analysis of male rat sexual motivation and performance following acute ethanol administration. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior, 78, 427-433.
5. Kiefer, S.W., Hill, K.G., Coonfield, D.L., & Ferraro III, F.M. (2005). Ethanol familiarity and naltrexone treatment affect ethanol responses in rats. Alcohol, 37, 167-172.
6. Ferraro III, F.M., Sparta, D.R., Knapp, D.J., Breese, G., Thiele, T.E. (2006). Increased consumption but not operant self-administration of ethanol in mice lacking the RII beta subunit of protein kinase A. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 30, 825-835.
7. Sparta, D.R., Ferraro III, F.M., Fee, J.R., Knapp, D.J., Breese, G., Thiele, T.E. (2009).The alcohol deprivation effect in C57BL/6J mice is observed using operant self-administration procedures and is modulated by CRF-1 receptor signaling. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 33, 31-42.
8. Hill, K.G., Sable, H.J.K., Ferraro III, F.M., & Kiefer, S.W. (2010). Chronic naltrexone treatment and ethanol responsivity in outbred rats. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 34, 272-279.
9. *Weiland, D., & Ferraro III, F.M. (2011). Adolescent ethanol exposure enhances locomotor activity in adult C57BL/6J mice. Journal of Psychological Inquiry, 16, 6-10.
10. *Hendrickson, B., & Ferraro III, F.M. (2013). Assessing the clinical value of cannabis-based treatments on fibromyalgia pain. Journal of Psychological Inquiry, 18, 6-14.

* denotes NWU undergraduate research assistants.

Book Chapter:

Ferraro III, F.M. (2011). Physiological Psychology. In R. L. Miller, E. Balcetis, S. R. Burns, D. B. Daniel,
B. K. Saville, & W. D. Woody (Eds.), Promoting student engagement (Vol. 2, pp. 109-111).


Anderson, C., & Behrends, E. (2012). The Career Skeptic: An Interview with Dr. Michael Shermer. Psi Chi Magazine, 16, 13-14.

Service interests: 

I play drums in the faculty & staff music group, Release Time.

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards: 

Professional Organizations:
Nebraska Psychological Society (NPS)
Teaching of Psychology
Psi Chi

President of Nebraska Psychological Society (2009-11)
Margaret J. Prouty Faculty Teaching Award (2009-10)