Kimberly Bernosky

Associate Professor of PA Studies and Medical Sciences Coordinator

Doctor of Philosophy in Physiology and Pharmacology,
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Masters of Arts, Psychology
Department of Behavioral Neuroscience
State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary with a concentration in Community Mental Health
State University of New York at Buffalo


Dr. Bernosky is the department’s basic scientist on the faculty, having started with the Physician Assistant program at Canisius in September 2019. Her focus on the brain and behavior began with a BA in Psychology and an MA in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University at Buffalo. Throughout her academic studies, she focused on the study of the effects of drugs on the brain and to understand the mechanism of addiction. She began her career in higher education when she moved back to her native Buffalo in 2011 as an Assistant Professor of Biology. Dr. Bernosky’s teaching experience ranges from introductory level anatomy and physiology to doctoral-level advanced physiology and pathology. Dr. Bernosky serves as the Coordinator of Medical Sciences, overseeing education in Pharmacotherapeutics, as well as foundational anatomy and physiology. Dr. Bernosky continues to publish within the field of neuropharmacology, and continues her scholarly work in addiction, recovery, and neurological and physiologic correlates of aging in autistic adults.


Dr. Bernosky comes to Canisius with a robust history of scholarly activity, having received 5 institutional grants during her previous tenure. These studies not only resulted in publications and presentations, but provided the opportunity for students to gain research skills and experience.


Wakabayashi KT, Baindur A, Feja M, Chen K, Bernosky-Smith KB, Bass CE. (2018). Exendin-4 disrupts responding to reward predictive cues in rats. bioRxiv: doi:

Bernosky-Smith KA, Qiu YY, Feja M, Beom L, Loughlin B, Li-J-X, Bass CE. Ventral tegmental area D2 receptor knockdown enhances choice impulsivity in a delay-discounting task in rats. Behavioral Brain Research. 341(2018): 129-134.

Bernosky-Smith KA, Stanger DB; Trujillo AJ; Mitchell LR; Espana RA; Bass CE. The GLP-1 agonist exendin-4 attenuates self-administration of sweetened fat on fixed and progressive ratio schedules of reinforcement. Physiology, Biochemisty and Behavior. 142(2016): 48-55. 

Bernosky-Smith KA. Anti-Inflammatory Drugs. The SAGE Encyclopedia for Pharmacology and Society. (2016).

Bernosky-Smith KA, Aston ER, Liguori A (2012). Rapid drinking is associated with increases in driving-Related risk taking. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental. 27(6): 622-625.