Quenten Highgate

Investigating the Role of Behavioral Flexibility in Drug Addiction


At the end of 2017 I had completed my Psychology (honours) and my statistics degree at Victoria University of Wellington. I actively conducted supervised research for several years prior to commencing my doctoral studies  in the School of Psychology's drug abuse laboratory. I hope to use my time during my doctoral studies to develop a wide range of skills that will be applicable in my future academic endeavors. The aim of my  research is investigate  the deficits that occur in behavioral flexibility following exposure to various drugs of abuse , and to identify pharmacological treatments that produce some recovery of these deficits.


BSc (Hons) in Psychology

Research Interests

The development and treatment of drug addiction


Highgate, Q. & Schenk, S. (2018). Comparison of the effects of abstinence on MDMA and cocaine self-administration in rats. Psychopharmacology, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00213-018-5026-1.

Schenk, S., & Highgate, Q. (2018). Dopamine and serotonin antagonists fail to alter the disciminative stimulus properties of  ±methylenedioxymethamphetamine. Behavioral Pharmacology, DOI:10.1097/FBP.0000000000000442

Schenk, S., Foote, J., Aronsen, D., Bukholt, N., Highgate, Q., Van de Wetering, R., & Webster, J. (2016). Serotonin antagonists fail to alter MDMA self-administration in rats. Pharmacolgy Biochemistry and Behavior, 148, 38–45.

PhD topic

Investigating the Role of Behavioral Flexibility in Drug Addiction


Lab Association

The Behavioural Pharmacology Lab - Directed by Susan Schenk

We are interested in studying the factors that contribute to the initiation, maintenance and relapse to drug abuse. Most of our work has measured the effects of MDMA