In addition, I have a strong interest in enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at Auburn University, particularly by increasing research opportunities for underrepresented minorities.


  • Long-term consequences of prenatal exposure to cannabis
  • Synaptic and network alterations associated with cognitive dysfunction in aging and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Role of hyperexcitability in mediating neurodegeneration
  • Identification of sensitive behavioral tasks for assessment of cognitive impairment
  • Increasing research opportunities for underrepresented minorities

Current research focuses on identifying the mechanisms by which neuronal hyperexcitability increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive aging, determining how certain factors, like diabetes, increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, and development of therapeutics to alleviate memory deficits associated with Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive aging.

Past Affiliations

Associate Professor, Department of Drug Discovery and Development, Harrison College of Pharmacy, Auburn University

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, West Virginia University (past)

Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, School of Medicine, Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, West Virginia University (past)

PhD, Auburn University, Experimental Psychology, 2007
MS, Auburn University, Experimental Psychology, 2005
BA, Auburn University, Psychology, 2002