Alaina just wants to make the world a better place through her research and by making scientific research more accessible. She is passionate about addressing stigmas associated with drug use and wants to educate people on psychedelics and addiction.
She is a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University where she studies pharmacology and physiology of psychedelics in preclinical rodent models of substance use disorder and depression. Her main focus is investigating mechanisms behind the potential therapeutic effects of these compounds. She received her B.S. in 2018 from Central Michigan University, where she focused on ketamine-induced plasticity in the brain.
She loves to talk about everything and anything -even when not prompted- and loves spending time with friends and going to concerts. She is also very active in the community promoting mental health and wellness to other graduate students.