Assistant Professor

(414) 288-5696

Specialization and Certification

Highest Degree

PhD, Marquette University

Brief Statement of Scholarly Interests

My primary interest is in spirituality as it relates to drug addiction. I am currently researching spirituality in opioid addiction.

Titles of Courses Recently Taught

Selected Publications

Amen, S.L., Piacentine, L.B., Ahmad, M.E., Li, S-J., Mantsch, J.R., Risinger, R.C., & Baker, D.A. (2011).  Repeated N-acetyl cysteine reduces cocaine seeking in rodents and craving in rocaine-dependent humans.  Neuropsychopharmacology, 36, 871-878. Doi:10.1038/npp.2010.226

Piacentine, L. (2010). Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. In: Bader, M. & Littlejohns, L. (eds.); AANN Core Curriculum for Neuroscience Nursing (5th ed.) AANN: Glenview, IL.

Miller, J.F., Piacentine, L.B., & Weiss, M. (2008). Coping difficulties after hospitalization. Clinical Nursing Research, 17(4), 278-296.

Kufahl, P., Li, Z., Risinger, R., Rainey, C., Piacentine, L., Wu, G., Bloom, A., Yang, Z. Li, S-J. (2008). Expectation modulates human brain responses to acute cocaine: A functional magnetic resonance imaging study, Biological Psychiatry, 63: 222-230.

Weiss, M. E., Piacentine, L.B., Lokken, L., Ancona, J., Archer, J., Gresser, S., Holmes, S.B., Toman, S., Toy, A., Vega-Stomberg, T. (2007). Perceived readiness for hospital discharge in adult medical-surgical patients. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 21(1), 31-42.

Weiss, M. E., Piacentine, L.B., (2006). Psychometric properties of the Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale, Journal of Nursing Measurement, 14(3), 163-180.

Liu, H., Rainey, C., Lauer, K.K., Piacentine, L., Bloom, A., Risinger, R., Ward, B.D., Stein, E., & Li, S-J. (2006). Peripheral blood pressure changes induced by dobutamine do not alter BOLD signals in the human brain. NeuroImage, 30:745-752.

Piacentine, L. (2004). Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Causalgia) In: Bader, M. & Littlejohns, L. (eds.); Core Curriculum for Neuroscience Nursing (4th ed.) Saunders: Missouri.

Grants or Awards

2009 Outstanding Graduate Student Award-Delta Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau (Marquette University, 2009)

Professional Memberships



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