Lauren Russell

Lauren Russell

Professional Certifications and Education

B.S., Southern Arkansas University, 2009-2014

Masters certificate in regulatory sciences, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2017-2018

Ph.D., UAMS Graduate School, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, 2016-present

Research Experience

My passion for research and regulatory sciences formalized while I was attending Southern Arkansas University and had the opportunity to help set up the Natural Resource Research Center and work as a student analyst under the mentorship of Dr. Gija Geme.

I am currently a NIDA T32 sponsored Ph.D. candidate conducting my research under the mentorship of Dr. Williams Fantegrossi at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. My dissertation research focuses on identifying certain environmental factors that can impact common abuse liability endpoints in rodent models receiving substituted cathinones and substituted amphetamines. In addition, under the guidance of Dr. Nalin Payakachat, I have developed a survey battery intended to assess various aspects of the health and well-being of Arkansans pre- and post-medical cannabis availability. Data for this survey is still being collected and analyzed.

Research Interest

My research interest primarily concerns how psychoactive substances alter behavior. Currently, I study these drugs induced changes in behavior in animal models, but ultimately plan on studying human behavior. I intend to design my experiments in such a way that my data collected will be used to influence policy in such a way that helps decrease drug use and improve addiction treatments.