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Analytics and PsychoPharmacology Laboratory (APPL)

APPL LogoThe Washington State University Analytics and PsychoPharmacology Laboratory (APPL) is home to a thriving body of transdisciplinary addiction science research with approximately 10 staff and faculty. APPL’s lead scientist, Dr. Sterling McPherson, has emerged as an internationally recognized expert in the field of drug and alcohol abuse. Since founding APPL in 2014, he has secured over $30 million in grants and contracts as PI or Co-I from the National Institute of Health and 14 other agencies. APPL ranges in disciplinary representation from health policy and economics to experimental therapeutics and human toxicology.

APPL is one of several units housed within the larger Program of Excellence in Addictions Research (PEAR). Dr. John Roll is the PEAR director. He trained Dr. McPherson and has been his primary mentor for 10 years. APPL houses some of Spokane’s largest health science projects and collaborates with more than 150 investigators globally. Notably, APPL maintains a uniquely international presence with collaborations across 7 countries.

As a member of the PEAR, APPL maintains the PEAR mission statement:

The mission of the PEAR is to advance innovative, scientifically rigorous approaches to the understanding, treatment, and prevention of addictions. We accomplish this by:

  • Conducting transdisciplinary research in interrelated areas
  • Training future scholars and clinicians
  • Promoting active participation of program affiliates in relevant policy arenas