Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Grand Rounds: “Translational Neuroscience of Addiction” - Lara Ray, Ph.D.

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Disclosures: TBD
Host: Lara Coughlin, Ph.D. 
CEUs: CME, APA, Social Work


Lara Ray, Ph.D.

Shirley M. Hatos Term Chair in Clinical Neuropharmacology
Professor, Department of Psychology
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Brain Research Institute, University of California Los Angeles

At the UCLA Addictions lab we are interested in understanding the clinical neuroscience of drug and alcohol addiction. To do so we utilize a variety of laboratory techniques including experimental psychopathology, behavioral genetics, and pharmacology to better understand the causes and correlates of substance use disorders and to identify promising interventions for drug and alcohol dependence. More recently, we have begun using neuroimaging methods to complement our research program.

Research and Teaching Interests:

Dr. Ray is interested in the etiology and treatment of substance use disorders, particularly alcohol use disorder. Her program of research focuses on the integration of clinical psychology, pharmacology, and neuroscience. She is especially interested in employing experimental psychopathology designs to answer questions about mechanisms of risk and of treatment response for substance use disorders.