Karen Szumlinski

University of California, Santa Barbara, USA


Karen Kathleen Szumlinski obtained a B.S. degree in psychology and M.S. degree in medical sciences (neuroscience and behavioral sciences division) at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada. She earned a second M.S. degree and also got her Ph.D. degree in 2000 at the Center for Neuroscience and Neuropharmacology in the Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, USA. She conducted her postdoctoral training at the Department of Physiology and Neuroscience in the Medical University of South Carolina, where she got promoted to Assistant Research Professor. In July 2004, Dr. Szumlinski was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences (formerly Psychology) in the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where she is currently working as an Associate Professor, investigating the neuropsychopharmacological mechanisms underpinning drug-taking and seeking behavior. More specifically, the Szumlinski Laboratory employs a combination of immunological, neurochemical, transgenic and behavioral pharmacological which approaches to identify the drug-elicited changes in the intracellular signaling pathways within the extended amygdala that contribute to the manifestation of binge alcohol drinking and intravenous psychomotor stimulant self-administration.

Biography Updated on 23 September 2012

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