Neurobiological Studies

Neurobiological Studies is a division of the University of Virginia Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences Department focused on basic and clinical research about Addiction. It is the largest division in Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences.  Each diverse investigative team brings a special contribution to the field of Addiction. Located at the North Fork Research Park, Neurobiological Studies boasts state of the art technology for both clinical and research aspects of addiction research.   A staff of 25, including world renowned addiction specialists, Dr. Nassima Ait-Daoud (in the field of addiction pharmacotherapy), Dr. Ming Li (Genetics), are joined by a team of psychologists specializing in addiction treatment, and behavioral pharmacologists.  Among the psychologists, Dr. Karen Ingersoll is a world expert on Motivational Interviewing and the intersection of addiction and health.  Dr. J. Kim Penberthy is a pioneer in applying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for addiction.  Dr. Wendy Lynch is an expert in animal models of pharmacology.  These investigators are assisted by one of the top clinical coordinators in the field of addiction (Eva Jenkins-Mendoza), an experienced team of Nurse Practitioners and research specialists, a world class genetic research faculty and an amazing administrative staff.  With dedication and compassion, Neurobiological Studies is revolutionizing the way the field of Addiction is researched and how it will be treated in the future.