August Buchhalter, Ph.D.

Director, Abuse Potential Assessment

August R. Buchhalter oversees and contributes to in vitro assessments of abuse-deterrent drug formulations, including assisting in the development and preparation of protocol outlines and interpretive reports. He also contributes to abuse potential assessments (often referred to as the 8-Factor Analysis) and drug scheduling recommendations.

Prior to joining PinneyAssociates in 2004, August’s research encompassed three major areas: drug abuse, which included trials akin to human abuse potential studies; the treatment of opioid dependence, which focused on computerized behavior therapy; and nicotine and tobacco, specifically in the areas of potential reduced exposure products and placebo-induced withdrawal suppression.

August’s initial training in drug abuse research was at The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine’s Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit. Thereafter, he received his doctorate in experimental psychology, which included training in drug dependence and behavioral pharmacology, from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 2004.

He has co-authored more than 15 review and research papers and three book chapters. When not working, August enjoys down time with his wife, which involves exercising, traveling, and watching and cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes and Pittsburgh Steelers.