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Allen Szalda-Petree, Ph.D.

Allen Szalda-Petree, Ph.D.

Professor, Experimental Psychology

Office: Skaggs Bldg 201
Email: Allen.Szalda-Petree@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

On sabbatical for spring 2018 and not holding office hours


Current Position

Professor, Department of Psychology


  • PSYX 270 - Fundmentals of Learning
  • PSYX 352 - Comparative Psychology
  • PSYX 400 - History and Systems of Psychology
  • PSYX 560 - Advanced Learning & Cognition


Ph.D., The University of Montana-Missoula, 1990
M.S., Central Washington University, 1987
B.S., Central Washington University, 1984

Research Interests

Current research interests involve the study of psychopharmacological effects of 5-HT agonists on social behaviors and reward systems in Betta splendens.

Field of Study

Animal Learning & Behavior, Comparative Psychology, Computerized Research Methodologies, Ecological Momentary Assessment methodologies

Selected Publications

Livinston, N., Flentje, A., Heck, N. Szalda-Petree, A.D., Cochran, B. (In press). Ecological momentary assessment of daily discrimination experiences and nicotine, alcohol, and drug use among sexual and gender minority individuals, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Eisenreich, B.B., Green, S., & Szalda-Petree, A.D. (2017). Of fish and mirrors: Fluoxetine disrupts aggression and learning for social rewards. Physiology & Behavior, 173, 258-262.

Eisenreich, B.B. & Szalda-Petree, A.D. (2015). Behavioral effects of fluoxetine on aggression and associative learning in Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens). Behavioural Processes, 121, 37-42.

Craft, B.B., Szalda-Petree, A.D., Brinegar, J.L., & Haddad, N.F. (2007). Effect of various discrimination stimuli on choice behavior in male Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens). Perceptual and Motor Skills, 104, 575-580.

Deditius-Island, H.K. & Szalda-Petree, A.D. (in press). Sex differences in risk-sensitivity under positive and negative budgets and predictors of choice. Journal of General Psychology.

Szalda-Petree, A.D., Craft, B.B., Martin, L.M., Deditius-Island, H.K. (2004). Self-control in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta): Controlling for differential stimulus exposure. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 98, 141-146.

Craft, B.B., Velkey, A.J., & Szalda-Petree, A.D. (2003). Instrumental conditioning of choice behavior in male siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens). Behavioural Processes, 63, 171-175.

Kirshenbaum, A.P., Szalda-Petree, A.D., & Haddad, N.F. (2003). Increased effort requirements and risk sensitivity: A comparison of delay and magnitude manipulations. Behavioural Processes, 61, 109-121.

Kirshenbaum, A., Szalda-Petree, A., Haddad, N. (2000). Risk-sensitive foraging in rats: The effects of response-effort and reward-amount manipulations on choice behavior. Behavioural Processes, 50, 9-17.



Selected Paper/Poster presentations

Livingston, N., Heck, N., Szalda-Petree, A., Cochran, B. (October, 2016). Ecological momentary assessment of daily microaggressions and stigma-based substance use among LGBTQ individuals. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Dewey, D., Szalda-Petree, A., & Schuldberg, D. (2015). The short-term temporal dynamics of PTSD symptoms and negative emotions. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

Ravesloot, C., Ipsen, C.A., Hargrove, T., Greiman, L., Szalda-Petree, A., Skogley, S. (November 2014). Role of impairment in the experience of environmental problems: An ecological momentary assessment of the environmental problems people encounter in their daily lives. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Eisenreich, B.R. & Szalda-Petree, A.D. (September 2014). Effects of Fluoxetine on stimulus control of aggressive responding in Betta splendens. Presented at the annual meeting of the Pavlovian Society, Seattle, WA.

Angel, L.A., Shields, W., Szalda-Petree, A.D., & Collins, C.M. (March, 2011). Uncertainty monitoring in Sprague-Dawley rats (Rattus norvegicus). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Society of Philosophy and Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Bolyard, L. L., Schuldberg, D., Pauli, J. L., Hoffman, K. M., Angell, A. N., Szalda-Petree, A., & Kavanaugh, M. P. (2009). The role of the CB1 receptor in learning, memory and anxiety. Poster presented to the Western Region COBRE-INBRE Scientific Conference, Big Sky, MT.

Brinegar, J.L., & Szalda-Petree, A.D. (April, 2007). Self-control in Sprague-dawley rats using a modified choice box. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Island, H.D., Szalda-Petree, A.D., & Zava, D. (June 2006). Mate-Guarding, Testosterone, and Aggression. Presentation, Human Evolution and Behavior Society, Philadelphia, PA

Craft, B.B., Collins, C.M., Brinnegar, J.L., & Szalda-Petree, A.D. (April, 2006). Self-control in the aggressive display of male Betta splendens. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Park City, UT.

Kucera, S. & Szalda-Petree, A.D. (April, 2006). Risk-sensitive decision-making strategies in humans budgeting time. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Park City, UT.


Bertha Morton Fellowship, University of Montana - Missoula, 1989
Admitted to Circle of Scholars, University of Montana - Missoula, 1994
Most Inspirational Teacher of the Year, University of Montana – Missoula, 2007