I am a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Justice at American University. After taking Dr. Riley’s 'Drugs and Behavior' course, I became interested in learning more about the rewarding and aversive effects of drugs and how they mediate drug intake. I am also particularly interested in the neurobiological underpinnings of the behavioral effects of drugs. My specific research interests involve the ways drugs affect behavior and factors that affect addiction vulnerability such as age, sex, and drug history. Once I complete my undergraduate degree, I plan on getting my Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience with a focus on drugs of abuse and addiction.
I started working in Dr. Riley’s lab in the fall of 2017. Currently, I am working with Katie Nelson and researching the way drugs, specifically synthetic cathinones (Bath Salts), affect behavior. I will be working with Katie on a project that will assess sex differences in a-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (α-PVP)-induced reward, aversion, hyperthermia and locomotor activity.