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  • Donna Platt, PhD

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    Psychiatry and Human Behavior  

    Education

    • BA – Franklin & Marshall College, biology, 1991
    • MA – University of Massachusetts, Amherst, zoology, 1994
    • PhD – University of Massachusetts, Amherst, zoology, 1997

    Background

    • Research Fellow in Psychobiology, Department of Psychiatry and Core Scientist, New England Primate Research Center, Harvard Medical School, 1997-2002
    • Instructor in Psychobiology, Department of Psychiatry & Core Scientist, New England Primate Research Center, Harvard Medical School, 2002-09
    • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center & Core Scientist, Division of Neuroscience, New England Primate Research Center, Harvard Medical School, 2009-13
    • Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2013-present

    Research interests

    Our research programs fall into two general categories: (1) Pharmacological mechanisms underlying the abuse-related effects of alcohol and other drugs, e.g. stimulants; and (2) neurogenetic mechanisms influencing vulnerability to and treatment of alcohol and drug addiction. To address these research questions, we use in vivo approaches, including self-administration, reinstatement, drug discrimination and quantitative observational techniques. An important component of our research programs is a focus on translational drug discovery, with a long-standing goal of providing important information for discovery and development of novel anti-addiction medications. Additionally, we strive to identify key gene variants that may impact treatment decisions from a “personalized medicine” perspective.

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