Nancy Capriles, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychololgy, Graduate Faculty
Academic Affairs
School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

J.S. Hathaway Hall
Suite 230
204 University Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601


Phone: (502) 597-5920


At Kentucky State University, Dr. Capriles teaches the following courses: Sensation and Perception, Experimental Psychology, Research Methods, Physiological Psychology, Seminar in Psychology (drug abuse), and General psychology. Before joining the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Dr. Capriles worked in research for more than 10 years. Her main research interest has been the study of the individual differences in the vulnerability to drug abuse. Using the microarrays technology, Dr. Capriles has investigated changes in the gene expression profiles in the Nucleus Accumbens through the different phases of cocaine addiction. Her research has also used pharmacological tools to further investigate some of the long-term alterations in gene expression that underlie the persistent cocaine-induced behavioral effects, such as relapse and cocaine-seeking behavior.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D. in Psychology, National University of Cordoba- Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (C.O.N.I.C.E.T.)
  • Postdoctoral Training, Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, University of Michigan.