Frank Ferraro

Faculty/Staff profile

Associate Professor of Psychology
(402) 465-2430
Smith-Curtis 340E
Office hours: 

I am on sabbatical for the Fall-Spring 2013-14 semesters. Please contact me via email during this time.


• 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)

New Course in Development: Environmental Neuroscience

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:

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.

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.

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.

Book Chapters:

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)