Animal Science & Behavior

Dr. Thressa Smith

Main Areas of Expertise Neuroscience, Animal behaviour, Pharmacology Secondary Areas of Expertise Drugs of abuse, Drug discovery Biography Collaborating with basic scientists in pharmacology, chemistry, and behavior as well as with clinicians throughout her career has afforded Dr Thressa Smith a deeper understanding of neuroscience, neurochemistry, and medicine than that derived from the point of view of a single field. She pursued postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Mental Health in Maryland, as well as at the University of California, San Diego, which involved close collaborations with psychiatrists using translational approaches, animal behaviorists, and pharmacologists and that focused on the neurochemical correlates of spatial learning and memory and of depression in non-human primates. She later accepted a staff fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, where she examined the receptor- and neurocircuit-specific alterations of spatial memory in aged monkeys and rats. Most recently, Dr Smith enjoyed working with a translational research team at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, studying how drugs of abuse, particularly psychostimulants, usurp the brain's natural reward system, altering it to create a milieu favorable for recidivism, the role of the serotonergic system in that process, and novel therapeutic approaches for blocking that recidivism. Qualifications PhD Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of California, Irvine. Her thesis work examined brain cholinergic, noradrenergic and opioid correlates of spatial memory impairment in aged rats and resulted in three publications. BSc Physiology, University of California, Davis Currently completing an 18 month Copyeditor Certificate Program through the University of California, San Diego. Current Activity An active member of the Editor Freelancer's Association and a novelist