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Dr Rita Fuchs Lokensgard


Washington State University

Dr Rita Fuchs’s research focuses on mapping neural circuits and cellular mechanisms by which drug-associated environmental stimuli trigger intense drug-related memories and precipitate drug craving, impulsive decision making, and immunosuppression in substance abusers. She received her PhD in Psychology/Behavioral Neuroscience at Arizona State University, USA, followed by postdoctoral training in neurobiology at the Medical University of South Carolina, USA.

Subsequently, Rita held tenure-track Assistant Professor and tenured Associate Professor positions with joint appointments in the Department of Psychology and Curriculum in Neurobiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. In 2013, she joined the Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience as Associate Professor at Washington State University, USA.

She has been serving as Director of the Washington State University Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program since 2014 and Chair of the Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior National Institutes of Health study section since 2017. Rita's research in the field of drug addiction has been funded continuously by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse since the establishment of her laboratory in 2005.