Shelby Blaes, Ph.D.

Shleby BlaesBiography

Shelby is a graduate student in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology.  She graduated with a B.S. from the University of Central Florida in 2015 with a double major in Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology.  She then received her PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Florida under the mentorship of Barry Setlow and Jennifer Bizon. During her PhD in Medical Sciences she studied how modulating dopamine effects risky decision making and how drugs of abuse effect risky decision making. Shelby joined the Center for Pain Research and Behavioral Health in 2020 under the mentorship of Jeff Boissoneault.

Research Focus

Pain modulatory capacity and alcohol use.


Blaes, S.L., Orsini C.A., Betzhold, S.M., Heshmati, S.C., Finner, A.M., Shimp, K. G., Bizon,
J.L., Setlow, B. (In prep) Chronic cocaine causes age-dependent increases in risky choice.

Orsini, C.A., Blaes, S.L., Hernandez, C.M., Wheeler, A.R., Ten Eyck, T.W., Garman, T.S., Bizon, J.L., Setlow, B. (submitted). Regulation of risky decision making by gonadal hormones in male and female rats.

Orsini, C. A., Blaes, S. L., Dragone, R. J., Betzhold, S. M., Finner, A. M., Bizon, J. L., & Setlow, B. (2020). Distinct relationships between risky decision making and cocaine self-administration under short- and long-access conditions. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry, 98, 109791. doi:10.1016/j.pnpbp.2019.109791

Setlow, B., Blaes, S.L., Burns, M.R., Dragone, R.J., Orsini, C.A. (2020) Using rodent models to
understand interactions between gambling and substance use. Current opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 31, 37-41.

Hernandez, C.M., Blaes, S.L., Wall, S.C., Heshmati, S., Jagnarine, D., Ravula, A., Simpson. K.L.,
Orsini, C.A., Febo, M., Bruijnzeel, A.W., Setlow, B. (submitted). Effects of chronic adolescent exposure to cannabis smoke on adult behavioral outcomes.

Orsini, C. A., Blaes, S. L., Setlow, B., & Simon, N. W. (2019). Recent Updates in Modeling Risky Decision Making in Rodents. Methods Mol Biol, 2011, 79-92. doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-9554-7_5

Blaes, S. L., Orsini, C. A., Holik, H. M., Stubbs, T. D., Ferguson, S. N., Heshmati, S. C., . . . Setlow, B. (2019). Enhancing effects of acute exposure to cannabis smoke on working memory performance. Neurobiol Learn Mem, 157, 151-162. doi:10.1016/j.nlm.2018.12.001

Blaes, S. L., Orsini, C. A., Mitchell, M. R., Spurrell, M. S., Betzhold, S. M., Vera, K., . . . Setlow, B. (2018). Monoaminergic modulation of decision-making under risk of punishment in a rat model. Behav Pharmacol, 29(8), 745-761. doi:10.1097/FBP.0000000000000448

Kaliszewski, M., Kennedy, A. K., Blaes, S. L., Shaffer, R. S., Knott, A. B., Song, W., . . . Bossy-Wetzel, E. (2016). SOD1 Lysine 123 Acetylation in the Adult Central Nervous System. Front Cell Neurosci, 10, 287. doi:10.3389/fncel.2016.00287

Professional Memberships

North Central Florida Chapter of the Society of Neuroscience
Conference Chair (2018-2019)
Vice Conference Chair (2017-2018)

Center for Addiction Research Education

Center for Pain Research and Behavioral Health

Brain Bee Judge (2019)

Honors and Awards

Grinter Fellowship, University of Florida, 2015

McKnight Brain Institute Research Fellowship recipient, 2018, 2019

McKnight Brain Institute Rising Stars recipient, 2020