Mark Reilly, Ph.D.
  • Position: Experimental Faculty
  • Department: Psychology
  • Campus Address: Rowe 228, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
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Mark Reilly received his B.S. from the University of Florida in 1989, his M.S. from the University of North Texas in 1993 and his Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 1996. He held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan and at Wayne State University from 1996 to 1999. He was an Assistant Professor of Research at Arizona State University from 1999 to 2003. He has been at Central Michigan University since 2003.

Research Interest:

Dr. Reilly's research can be described as a merging of the experimental analysis of behavior with mathematical modeling to better understand basic behavioral processes. His research interests include the interplay between operant and respondent conditioning, behavioral variability, drug tolerance, conditioned reinforcement, and animal models of human disorders including drug abuse and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Current research focuses on three areas: sensitivity to reinforcer delay as a measure of impulsivity, the motivational properties of response effort or work, and the environmental determinants of drug action.

Recent Research:

Reilly, M.P., Posadas-Sanchez, D., Kettle, L.C., & Killeen, P.R. (2013). Rats (Rattus norvegicus) and pigeons (Columbia livia) are sensitive to the distance to food, but only rats request more food when distance increases. Behavioural Processes, 91, 236-243.

Smethells, J.R., Fox, A.T., Andrews, J.J., & Reilly, M.P. (2012). Immediate post-session feeding reduces operant responding in rats, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 97, 203-214.

Fink, K.D., Rossignol, J., Crane, A.T., Davis, K.K., Bavar, A.M., Dekorver, N.W., Lowrance, S.A., Reilly, M.P., Sandstrom, M.I., von Horsten, S., Lescaudron, L., & Dunbar, G.L. (2012). Early cognitive dysfunction in the HD 51 CAD transgenic rat model of Huntington’s disease. Behavioral Neuroscience, 126, 479-487.

Hand, D., Fox, A., & Reilly, M.P. (2010). Response Acquisition with Signaled, Delayed Reinforcement in a Rodent Model of ADHD, Behavioural Brain Research, 213, 155-160.

Hand, D., Fox, A., & Reilly, M. P. (2009). Differential Effects of d-Amphetamine on Impulsive Choice in Spontaneously Hypertensive and Wistar-Kyoto Rats). Behavioural Phamacology, 20, 549-553.

Avila, A., Reilly, M. P., Sanabria, F., Posadas-Sanchez, D., Chavez, C. L., Banerjee, N., Killeen, P., & Castaneda, E. (2009). Modeling operant behavior in the Parkinsonian rat. Behavioural Brain Research, 198, 298-305.

Fox, A., Hand, D., & Reilly, M. P. (2009). Evaluating timing in spontaneously hypertensive and Wistar-Kyoto rats using the peak procedure. Behavioural Processes, 81, 293-297.

Roll, J. M., Mercado, P. Chudzynski, J., & Reilly, M. P. (2009). The contribution of postingestive associations to alcohol self-administration. The Psychological Record, 59, 335-346.

Fox, A., Hand, D., & Reilly, M. P. (2008). Impulsive choice in a rodent model of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Behavioural Brain Research, 187, 146-152.