Alicia Izquierdo, Ph.D.
Ph.D. The George Washington University
B.S. Emory University
My main research interests center around understanding the brain mechanisms of optimal choices. Specifically, this involves exploring the environmental factors that contribute to reward-related decisions and the incorporation of reward costs by the organism. My lab also studies the neural basis of emotional decisions and executive function and the influence of drugs of abuse on these processes. More recently we have investigated responses to positive and negative feedback and the developmental impact of behavioral interventions such as exercise and enrichment on reward learning.
I am a behavioral neuroscientist with training in systems neuroscience and behavioral pharmacology. My Ph.D. is from the George Washington University in partnership with the NIH. I joined the UCLA Psychology faculty in July of 2013. Apart from my research, other aspects of my career that I find very rewarding are undergraduate mentoring, outreach through the Society for Neuroscience, and promoting the development of future neuroscientists from diverse backgrounds
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