Currently a graduate student enrolled at American University with a major in Psychology (Experimental/Biological Track). Currently working in Dr. Anthony Riley’s lab and will begin learning basic surgical procedures this Fall 2016 semester. My interests include the behavioral pharmacology and psychopharmacology of drug use and abuse. Currently I am participating in a research study that utilizes a Drug Discrimination/Conditioned Taste Avoidance procedure to classify and characterize the subjective effects of the drug compound Alpha-PVP (bath salts). I will also be participating in another research study involving the potentially major role that the hippocampus (food/hunger/satiety circuit) plays in drug abuse potential in a way that is identical to those who experience obesity due to damage in this same neural substrate. After graduate school I hope to pursue my Ph. D and find a career in a hospital, government or academic/research setting where I can apply what I learn about the psychopharmacological effects of drugs as well as their potential for abuse.