Todd M. Hillhouse, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology

Director, Neuroscience Program 


Dr. Todd M. Hillhouse graduated from Northern Michigan University with a B.S. in Psychology (2009), and remained at NMU to complete a Masters of Science in Experimental Psychology (2011). Dr. Hillhouse received a Ph.D. in Biopsychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (2014). After earning his Ph.D., he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Pharmacology at University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Hillhouse is a behavioral neuroscientist with research interests include developing pharmacological treatments for mood disorders,  substance abuse, and pain. Additionally, Dr. Hillhouse has developed a research program at Weber State University to evaluate the reinforcing effects of  electronic-cigarettes (e-cigs) and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDs), which include e-cigs, mods, and vapes.


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Hillhouse TM, Merritt CR, Smith DA, Cajina M, Sanchez C, Porter JH, Pehrson AL (2018) Vortioxetine differentially modulates MK-801-induced changes in visual signal detection task performance and locomotor activity. Inivted Manuscript for special issue on Vortioxetine

Pehrson AL, Hillhouse TM, Haddjeri N, Rovera R, Porter JH, Mork A, Smagin G, Song D, Budac D, Cajina M, Sanchez C (2016) Task- and Treatment Length-Dependent Effects of Vortioxetine on Scopolamine-Induced Cognitive Dysfunction and Hippocampal Extracellular Acetylcholine in Rats. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. 358(3): 472-482


Hillhouse TM, Negus SS (2016) Effects of the noncompetitive N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor antagonists ketamine and MK-801 on pain-stimulated and pain-depressed behaviour in rats. European Journal of Pain. [epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1002/ejp.847.


Hillhouse TM, Porter JH (2015) A brief history of the development of antidepressant drugs: From monoamines to glutamate. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. 23:1-12. doi: 10.1037/a0038550 [review]


Hillhouse TM, Porter JH, Negus SS (2014) Dissociable effects of the noncompetitive NMDA receptor antagonists ketamine and MK-801 on intracranial self-stimulation in rats. Psychopharmacology. 231:2705-2716. doi: 10.1007/s00213-014-3451-3


Courses Taught


Neuroscience of Drug Addiction

Introduction to Neuroscience


Research Methods

Introductory Psychology

Statistics in Psychology