Abigail Richison, M.D.

Professional Certifications and Education


Psychiatry residency, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, 2017-present

M.D., University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 2013-2017

B.S., Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 2009-2013

Research Experience

I am currently a NIDA T32 sponsored third-year Psychiatry resident conducting my research under the mentorship of Dr. Jessica Coker at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). My current research focuses on possible associations between marijuana use and Beck Depression Inventory scores in pregnant patients participating in the UAMS Women’s Mental Health Buprenorphine program. Data for this project is still being collected and analyzed. With this project, I am hoping to contribute to the limited research available so that patients are able to make informed decisions about perinatal substance use.

Past experiences include participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas where I studied HIV replication by working on an ex vivo model of the female reproductive system. I also was selected to participate in the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) at UTMB where I researched different protein supplements on muscle synthesis in aging adults. 

Research interests

My interests include substance use and effects on mental health, including depression and anxiety. Primarily, I am interested in marijuana use given the recent changes in the public perception of medicinal and recreational marijuana safety. I believe it is important to research the risks and benefits of marijuana to better educate physicians and the public in addition to offer evidence-based information for policy makers. This is particularly significant for vulnerable populations including adolescent and pregnant patients.

Recent Publications

Rasmussen, B.B.; Borack M.S.; Reidy P.T.; Husaini S.H.; Markofski M.M.; Deer R.R.; Richison A.B. “Soy-Dairy Protein Blend or Whey Protein Isolate Ingestion Induces Similar Post-Exercise Muscle mTORC1 Signaling and Protein Synthesis Responses in Older Men.” The Journal of Nutrition, 2016 October.