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Robert D. Hienz, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests: Auditory perception in animals; Effect of drugs on perceptual and motor function in non-human primates; Human immunodeficiency virus and drug use; Behavioral pharmacology and drug abuse; Effects of space flight on human performance more

Contact for Research Inquiries

Bayview Medical Campus
Behavioral Biology Research Center
Suite 3000
Phone: 410-550-2788
Fax: 410-550-2780



  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Additional Training

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington, 1973

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Weed, M.R., Hienz, R.D., Brady, J.V., Adams, R.J., Mankowski, J.L., Zink, M.C., & Clements, J.E. CNS correlates of behavioral impairment following dual infection with SIV/17E-Fr and SIV/DeltaB670 in pigtailed macaques. Journal of NeuroVirology, 9(4): 452-464, 2003.

Hienz, R.D. and Weerts, E.M. Baboons in Drug Abuse Research. In: VandeBerg, J.L., Williams-Blanger, S., Tardif, S.D. (eds) The Baboon in Biomedical Research, Kluwer Academic Publishers, in press.

Hienz RD, Jones AM, Weerts EM: The discrimination of baboon grunt calls and human vowel sounds by baboons. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2004: 116 (3): 1692-1697.

Hienz RD, Brady JV, Hursh SR, Ragusa LC, Rouse CO, Gasior ED: Distributed communication and psychosocial performance in simulated space dwelling groups. Acta Astronautica, 2005: 56: 937-948.

Hienz RD, Weerts EM: Cocaine's effects on the perception of socially significant vocalizations in baboons. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior, 2005: 81 (3): 440-450.

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Sending Rats Into Deep Space Makes Them StupidWired (UK), April 28, 2014

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