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Katie Nelson

Curriculum Vitae


I graduated from the University of Houston in 2012 with my B.S. in Psychology. During my undergraduate career I volunteered to work with both the Clinical Neuroscience Research Team led by Dr. Merrill Hiscock and the Behavioral Neuroscience Research Team directed by Dr. J. Leigh Leasure. In 2013 I began working as a research technician in Dr. M. Waleed Gaber’s research lab through the Baylor College of Medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. 

In the Fall of 2015 I joined the Psychopharmacology Laboratory run by Dr. Tony Riley at American University in Washington, D.C. as a first year Master’s Student. My current goal is to learn as much as I can about neuropharmacology, behavioral neuroscience, and about animal models of drugs of abuse and addiction. 

My research is directed towards studying an animal model of α-PVP use. Including, but not limited to; quantifying addiction potential, rewarding effects, aversive effects, and self-administration behaviors.


Katie Nelson