College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychology

Alexa Wakley


Ph.D. Washington State University, 2013

Contact Information:

Office: Johnson Tower 306
Phone: (509) 335-2632

Classes Taught:

  • Psychology 105: Introductory Psychology
  • Psychology 328: Self Control

Research Interests:

My current research interests are sex differences in the analgesic and sedative effects of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana.  In collaboration with Dr. Rebecca Craft, we are examining the role of sex hormones in tolerance development to THC.  The focus of my dissertation was cyclic ovarian hormone modulation of THC-induced analgesia and sedation and possible pharmacodynamic mechanisms of hormone modulation. 

Selected Publications:

Craft RM, Wakley AA, Tsutsui KT & Laggart JD (2012). Sex differences in CB1 vs. CB2 receptor-selective antagonism of antinociception produced by delta9-THC and CP55,940 in the rat. The Journal of Pharmacological and Experimental Therapeutics, 340, 787-800.

Wakley AA & Craft RM (2011). THC-methadone and THC-naltrexone interactions on discrimination, antinociception, and locomotion in rats. Behavioural Pharmacology, 5-6, 489-97.

Wakley AA & Craft RM (2011). Antinociception and sedation following intracerebroventricular administration of D9-tetrahydrocannabinol in female vs. male rats. Behavioural Brain Research, 216, 200-206.

Wakley AA & Rasmussen EB (2009). Effects of cannabinoid drugs on the reinforcing properties of food in gestationally undernourished rats. Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Behavior, 94, 30-36.

    Alexa Wakley
Department of Psychology, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-4820, 509-335-2631, Contact Us