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Donna Platt, PhD

Donna PlattAssociate Professor
Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Office: TR420


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

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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