Courses Taught:


PSY 212

Faculty Profile:


Frank Etscorn, PhD



BA and MA, Western KY University and honorary doctorate

PhD, George Peabody College (now George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University)

          in Experimental Psychology with related area in Pharmacology




Kennedy Center Scientist, The John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Education and  Human Development,

Institute on Mental Retardation and Intellectual Development, Comparative-Developmental Laboratory, Nashville, TN

Professor of Psychology, New Mexico Tech

Dean of Students New Mexico Tech

American Cancer Association, Celebrity Speaker’s Bureau

New Mexico Academy of Science and New Mexico Tech Visiting Scientist Lecture Program




First patent holder for the nicotine patch for use in tobacco cessation. The patent was licensed to Ciba-Geigy, now Novartis, and sold as the Habitrol patch. It is also marketed over-the-counter by Walmart (Equate), Kroger and Walgreens.

Etscorn, F. & NM Tech Research Foundation. Title: Transcutaneous application of   nicotine Issued July 1, 1986. U.S. Patent Number 4,597,961

Etscorn, F. & Lorenzo Torres. Title: Animal repellent. Issued October 7, 1997. U.S.   Patent, Number 5,674,496.




Named in most influential Kentuckians of the 20th Century. Lexington Herald-Leader

“Products of the Year.” “Innovation." for the Nicotine Patch (Habitrol). Fortune magazine

“The Best Products of 1992.” Habitrol Nicotine Patch. Time magazine

Winner of the first New Mexico Inventor Of The Year award. Presented by the New Mexico Entrepreneurs Association,

          The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and The Rodey Law Firm

Winner of 1990 Distinguished Teaching Award. NM Tech



Research Interests:

Conditioned flavor aversion learning

Percutaneous drug delivery

Behavioral effects of nicotine and tobacco smoke

Behavioral pharmacology and toxicology

Conditioned immune responses

Non-toxic, environmentally safe techniques for suppression of animal damage

Effects of exposure to 70kv electromagnetic fields

Cutaneous Drug Delivery

New Mexico Tech Psychology Department  Last Updated OCT 2017

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