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Travel Awards Winners (2006 – 2019)

Travel Award Winners by Year

5th Annual Steven G. Holtzman Travel Award for Preclinical Investigators

Jacques D. Nguyen, PhD - University of California San Diego School of Medicine

F. O. R. C. E. Award

Carolyn Bogdon

Sarah Lichenstein

Chela M. Wallin

Primm-Singleton Award

Alaina Martinez

Paris Wheeler

Daneel Thorpe

Early Career Investigator Travel Awards

Pre-Doc

Alba Gonzalez

Cameron Davidson

Matthew Ellis

Paxton Bach

Sara Westbrook

Tabitha Moses

Post-Doc

Ainhoa Coloma-Carmona, PhD

Alan Kooi-Davis, PhD

Claire Green, PhD MPH

Cody Siciliano, PhD

Corey Roos, PhD

Elizabeth Nesoff, PhD

Emily Hankowsky, PhD

Eric Woodcock, PhD

Justin Knox, PhD

Justin Strickland, PhD

Maria Parker, PhD

Primavera Spagnolo, PhD

Rose Crossin, PhD

Suzan Walters, PhD

Tonisha Kearney-Ramos, PhD

Victor Martinez-Loredo, PhD

2018 Travel Award Winners


Dr. Laís F. Berro is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Berro attended the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP), Brazil, where she earned an Honors degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2011. As an undergraduate, Dr. Berro conducted research on the influence of different environmental stimuli on behavior in animal models of drug abuse. Dr. Berro also received her Master’s Degree (2014) and Ph.D. degree (2017) from UNIFESP with Dr. Monica L. Andersen, in collaboration with Dr. Leonard L. Howell at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University. Since her Master’s Degree studies, Dr. Berro’s preclinical research has focused on the investigation of the mechanisms underlying the relationship between sleep and drug abuse. Dr. Berro has a strong record of scholarly activity, having published over 30 research papers, 3 book chapters, as well as multiple abstracts at national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Berro has also received several honors and academic awards, including 2 undergraduate research Scholarships and a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. Fellowship. During her Postdoctoral studies with Dr. James K. Rowlett, Dr. Berro has continued her research investigating the relationship between the reinforcing effects of drugs, including psychostimulants and benzodiazepines, and their effects on sleep-wake cycles and sleep architecture. By understanding the mechanisms underlying the therapeutic vs abuse-related properties of those drugs, she hopes to provide important insights into clinical practice and drug discovery.

While pursuing my B.S. in Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, I found myself fascinated by the biochemistry driving motivated behaviors, and after graduation I took a position in Dr. Eric Nestler’s laboratory at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to continue my research pursuits. Here, I gained behavioral expertise in a mouse model of addiction that allowed me to ask scientific questions surrounding cocaine seeking and reward behavior. I then chose to complete my doctoral work at Michigan State University in order to continue addiction research under Dr. Michelle Mazei-Robison. Now, as a third year Ph.D. candidate in the Neuroscience Program I am continuing to learn key biochemical and behavioral assays used to study substance abuse. My current work focuses on how morphine- and cocaine-induced neuroadaptations in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) contribute to behavioral outputs associated with addiction.

Munachimso Amadife, BS
CUNY School of Medicine
C. Austin Zamarripa, BS
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Dani Lanaway, MA
University of Cincinnati
Angela Haeny, MA
Yale University School of Medicine
Kechna Cadet, MPH
CUNY Graduate School of Medicine

Megan Kangiser

Suky Martinez

Crystal Smith

Kirsten Smith

Noel Vest

Victoria Votaw

Michael Bernstein

Hannah Carliner

Gary Chan

Huiqiong Deng

Brenda Gannon

William John

Traci Kennedy

Kirsten Ariel Ketcherside

Janni Leung

Elizabeth Long

Carla Lopez-Nunez

Larissa Maier

Christine Mauro

Meredith Meacham

Kristen Morie

Morgan Philbin

Andrea Robinson

Silvia Ronzitti

Emily Stockings

Erin Vogel

Alison Wakeford

Sara Weidberg

Corinde Wiers

  • Lais Fernanda Berro - Emory University
  • Qiana Brown - Columbia University
  • Erin Calipari - Mount Sinai
  • Sean Dolan - University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • Kathleen Garrison - Yale University
  • Casey Guillot - University of North Texas
  • Hsueh Han-Yeh - Michigan State University
  • Evan Hermann - Columbia University
  • Eric Maltbie - Emory University
  • Kristin Maple - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Katherine Marks - University of Kentucky
  • Jayme McReynolds - Marquette University
  • Elizabeth Pitts - Emory University
  • Amanda Quisenberry - Ohio State University
  • Walter Roberts - Yale University
  • Johannes Thrul - University of California, San Francisco
  • Rachel Tomko - Medical University of South Carolina
  • Drew Townsend - Univesity of Mississippi
  • Margaret Wolff - City University of New York
  • Yasmin Zakiniaeiz - Yale University
  • Sean Allen, DrPh, MPH - Johns Hopkins University
  • Seth Batten, MS - University of Kentucky
  • Kelly Courtney, MA - UCLA
  • Anita Cservenka, PhD - UCLA
  • Rachel Denlinger, MPH - Brown University
  • Mehdi Farokhina, MD - NIH Intramural Program
  • Danielle Horyniak, PhD - UCSD
  • Bradley Kerridge, PhD - Columbia University
  • Allison Kurti, PhD - University of Vermont
  • Rebecca McDonald, MSc - King’s College
  • Irene Pericot-Valverde, MA - University of Oviedo
  • Paul Regier, PhD - University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael Regner, MD - University of Colorado Denver
  • Glenn-Milo Santos, PhD, MPH  - UCSF
  • Roman Shrestha, MPH  - University of Connecticut
  • Fred Arne Thorberg, PhD  - University of Oslo
  • Denise Vidot, PhD  - University of Miami
  • Christine Vinci, PhD  - University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Sarah Yip, PhD  - Yale University
  • Yafang Zhang, BS  -University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Dane Aronsen, BS - Victoria University of Wellington
  • Abigail Batchelder, PhD, MPH - UCSF
  • Joao Mauricio Castadelli-Maia, MD - University of Sao Paulo
  • Lauren DePoy, BS - Emory University
  • Brian Fairman, PhD - Johns Hopkins University
  • Annesa Flentje, PhD, MA - UCSF
  • Lorra Garey, BA - University of Houston
  • Ryan Gregg, BS - Temple University
  • Stephanie Groman, PhD, MA - Yale University
  • Sally Huskinson, PhD, MS - University of Mississippi
  • Ryan Lacy, PhD, MA - Davidson College
  • Jamey Lister, PhD, MSW - Wayne State University
  • Marci Mitchell, PhD - Yale University
  • Yue Pan, MS - University of Miami
  • Amy Peacock, PhD - University of Tasmania
  • Edmund Silins, PhD, MPH - University of New South Wales
  • Philip Veliz, PhD, MA - University of Michigan
  • Elizabeth Whittaker, BA - University of New South Wales
  • Arlington Wilson, PhD, MS - University of Kentucky
  • Min-Jeong Yang, MA - Rutgers University
  • Stephen G. Holtzman Award Winner - Chloe Jordan
  • Emma Barrett, PhD, MPsych - University of New South Wales
  • Erin Bonar, PhD, MA - University of Michigan
  • Laura Brandt, MSc - Medical University of Vienna
  • Phillip Coffin, MD, MIA - San Francisco Dept of Health/UCSF
  • Jennifer Edelman, MD, MHS - Yale University
  • Sergio Fernandez-Artamendi, PhD - University of Oviedo
  • Julianne Hellmuth, PhD, MA - Medical University of South Carolina
  • Sergio Iniguez, PhD, MA - California State University San Bernadino
  • Courtney Keller, BS - LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport
  • Shervin Liddie, BS - University of Miami
  • Steven Meredith, PhD, MS - Johns Hopkins University
  • Adam Milam, PhD, MHS - Wayne State University
  • Claudia Padula, MA - University of Cincinnati/VA Palo Alto Health System
  • Anna Pagano, PhD, MA - UCSF
  • Janessa Price, PhD, MA - McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Philip Smith, PhD, MS - Yale University
  • Anka Vujanovic, PhD - University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • Michael Wesley, PhD - Virginia Tech
  • Reagan Wetherill, PhD, MA - University of Pennsylvania
  • Matthew Worley, PhD, MPH, MS - UCLA
  • Gustavo Angarita, MD - Yale University School of Medicine
  • Lisham Ashrafioun, MA - Bowling Green State University
  • Caleb Banta-Green, MSW, MPH, PhD - Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, , University of Washington
  • Yessenia Castro, PhD - The University of Texas at Austin
  • Erin Cummins, MA - University of Guelph
  • Diann Gaalema, PhD - University of Vermont
  • Jermaine Jones, PhD - Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Sarah Larney, PhD - University of New South Wales and Brown University
  • Erin McClure, PhD - Medical University of South Carolina
  • LaTrice Montgomery, PhD - University of Cincinnati
  • Kevin Murnane, PhD - Yerkes National Primate Research Center
  • Jason Paris, PhD - Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies
  • Eric Pedersen, PhD - RAND
  • Erica Peters, PhD - Friends Research Institute
  • Corey Pilver, PhD - Yale University
  • Katherine Serafine, PhD - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Nina Shinday, MS - Harvard Medical School/NEPRC
  • Suzanne Spear, PhD - USC Social Work
  • Joni Utley, PsyD - VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Kelly Young-Wolff, MPH, PhD - Stanford University
  • Jennifer Becan, PhD - Texas Christian University
  • Quyen Epstein-Ngo, PhD - University of Michigan
  • Ashley Fricks-Gleason, PhD - University of Utah
  • Christopher German, PhD - University of Utah
  • Lilian Ghandour, PhD - American University of Beirut
  • Margaret Gill, PhD - Medical University of South Carolina
  • Yulia Khodneva, MD - University of Alabama
  • Brian Kiluk, PhD - Yale University School of Medicine
  • Grace Kong, PhD - Yale University School of Medicine
  • Ingunn Olea Lund, MA - University of Oslo
  • James Mahoney, MA - Baylor College of Medicine
  • Kathryn McHugh, PhD - Harvard Medical School
  • Louise Mewton, PhD - Texas Christian University
  • John Mitchell, PhD - Duke University Medical Center
  • Katherine Michelle Peavy, PhD - University of Washington
  • Stephanie Rodrigues, PhD - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial
  • Veterans Hospital
  • Dongju Seo, PhD - Yale University School of Medicine
  • Danelle Stevens-Watkins, PhD - Spalding University
  • Golfo Tzilos, PhD - Brown University
  • Alexa Wakley, MS - Washington State University
  • Merideth Addicott, PhD - Duke University Medical Center
  • Gillinder Bedi, DPsych (Clinical) - New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University
  • Kipling Bohnert, PhD - Department of Veterans Affairs, SMITREC
  • Clinton Canal, PhD - University of Florida College of Pharmacy
  • Adam Carrico, PhD - University of California, San Francisco
  • Daniel Evatt, PhD - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Kunal Gandhi, MBBS, MPH - UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Gloria García-Fernández, MA - University of Oviedo
  • Cassandra Gipson, PhD - Medical University of South Carolina
  • Mikhail Koffarnus, PhD - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Julie Marusich, PhD - RTI International
  • Dominique Morisano, PhD, CPsych - Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
  • Suzanne Nielsen, PhD - University of California, Los Angeles
  • Rowan Ogeil, BA, BSc (Hons) - Monash University
  • Doris Payer, PhD - University of California, Los Angeles
  • Jennifer Rinker, MA - American University
  • Lisa Shannon, PhD, MSW - Morehead State University
  • Nicholas Simon, PhD - University of Pittsburgh
  • Yukiko Washio, PhD - University of Vermont
  • Liliane Windsor, PhD, MSW -Rutgers University
  • Noelle Anastasio, Ph.D. - University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • Justin Anker, Ph.D. - University of Minnesota
  • Vinita Batra, M.S. - LSU-Heatlh Sciences Center, Shreveport
  • Amy Bohnert, Ph.D., M.H.S. - VA National Serious Mental Illness Treatment Research and Evaluation Center
  • Randall Brown, M.D., Ph.D. - University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Deanne Buffalari, Ph.D. - Medical University of South Carolina
  • Joyce Colussi-Mas, Ph.D., Pharm.D. - Victoria University of Wellington
  • Ziva Cooper, Ph.D. - Columbia University
  • Kelly Dunn, Ph.D. - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Hanan El Marroun, M.Sc. - Erasmus MC, Sophia Children's Hospital
  • Kevin Freeman, Ph.D. - The University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Bethea (Annie) Kleykamp, Ph.D. - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Hedy Kober, Ph.D. - Yale University
  • Sarah Messiah, Ph.D., M.P.H. - University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Howard Newville, M.A. - St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital
  • Bethany Raiff, Ph.D. - National Development and Research Institutes
  • Katharine Seip, Ph.D. - The Rockefeller University
  • Gregory Tau, M.D., Ph.D. - Columbia University / New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Karla Wagner, Ph.D. - University of California San Diego
  • Xiaohu Xie, Ph.D. - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Michelle Baladi, B.S. - University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Matthew Banks, Pharm.D., Ph. - Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Amy Eppolito, Ph.D. - University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Bradford Fischer, Ph.D. - Harvard Medical School/NEPRC
  • Amy Janes, Ph.D. - McLean Hospital
  • Kirsten Johnson, B.S. - University of Vermont
  • Emily Jutkiewicz, Ph.D. - University of Michigan
  • Bronwyn Kivell, Ph.D. - Victoria University of Wellington
  • Collene Lawhorn, Ph.D. - The Rockefeller University
  • Yasmin Mashhoon, M.A. - Boston University
  • Lisa Merlo, Ph.D. - Washington University and University of Florida
  • Katherine Mills, Ph.D. - University of North South Wales
  • Zila Sanchez, M.S., Ph.D. - Federal University of Sao Paulo
  • Kathryn Saulsgiver, Ph.D. - University of Vermont
  • Pouya Tahsili-Fahadan, M.D. - Medical University of South Carolina
  • Olga Taraschenko, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. - Albany Medical College
  • Nelson Tiburcio, M.A., Ph.D. - National Development and Research Institute
  • Adria Trotman, Ph.D. - George Mason University
  • Monique Wilson, Dr.P.H. - Friends Research Institute
  • Elena Zakharova, M.D., Ph.D. - University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Yanan Zhang, Ph.D. - Research Triangle Institute
  • Christopher AhnAllen, Ph.D. - Brown University
  • Will Aklin, Ph.D. - John Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Anika Alvanzo, M.D., M.S. - Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Judson Brewer, M.D., Ph.D. - Yale University School of Medicine
  • Julia Buckner, M.S. - Yale University School of Medicine
  • Kevin Gray, M.D. - Medical University of South Carolina
  • Doug Hyun Han, M.D., Ph.D. - McLean Hospital
  • Bryan Hartzler, Ph.D. - University of Washington
  • Jennifer Havens, Ph.D., M.P.H. - University of Kentucky College of Medicine
  • Iliyan Ivanof, M.D. - Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Ryan Lanier, Ph.D. - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Alison Looby, M.A. - University of Albany
  • Michael Mancino, M.D. - University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Michael Odenwald, Ph.D. - Universitaet Konstanz
  • Rajkumar Sevak, Ph.D. - University of Kentucky College of Medicine
  • Jesse Suh, Psy.D. - University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Ryan Vandrey, Ph.D. - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Sunmee Wee, Ph.D. - Scripps Research Institute
  • Thomas Wooters, M.S. - University of Kentucky
  • Alison Atkins, Ph.D. - Boston University
  • Ya-Fen Chan, Ph.D., M.S.N. - Chestnut Health Systems, Lighthouse Institute
  • Nina Ebner, M.D. - Medical University of Vienna
  • Olaya Garcia-Rodriguez, B.A. - University of Ovieda
  • Michael S. Gordon, D.P.A. - Friends Research Institute, Inc., Social Research Center
  • Andrew Harris, Ph.D. - University of Minnesota
  • Devon Indig, M.P.H. - National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
  • Matthew Johnson, Ph.D. - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • George Kenna, Ph.D., R.Ph. - Brown University
  • Jun-Xu Li, Ph.D. - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Michelle R. Lofwall, M.D. - University of Kentucky
  • James MacKillop, Ph.D. - Brown University
  • Krista Medina, Ph.D. -  University of California at San Diego
  • Mariana Pereira, Ph.D. - Rutgers State University of New Jersey
  • Gail Pereira Do Carmo, Ph.D. - McLean Hospital Harvard Medical School
  • Carmela Reichel, M.A. - University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • Daniela Ruedi-Bettschen, Ph.D. - Harvard Medical School
  • Erin Shannon, Ph.D. - Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • William Stoops, Ph.D. - University of Kentucky Medical Center
  • Marsha Verduin, M.D. - Medical University of South Carolina
  • Arpana Agrawal, Ph.D. – Washington University School of Medicine
  • Matthew Carpenter, Ph.D. – Medical University of South Carolina
  • Lawrence P. Carter, Ph.D. – Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Sara Chase, M.A. – Wayne State University
  • Karen F. Corsi, MPH – University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Stacey Daughters,Ph.D. – University of Maryland
  • Jay C. Elliott, Ph.D. – Medical University of South Carolina
  • William Fantegrossi, Ph.D. – Emory University
  • Sylvia Fitting, M.A. – University of South Carolina
  • Mary Hatch-Maillett, Ph.D. – University of Washington
  • Kevin Hill, M.D. – Yale
  • Monika Horvath, M.D. – Semmelweiss University
  • Rebekka Palmer, Ph.D. – Yale University
  • Shane Perrine, Ph.D. – Temple University School of Medicine
  • Danielle E. Ramo, M.S. – University of California, San Diego
  • Evan Riddle, Ph.D. – University of Utah
  • Nehal P. Vadhan, Ph.D. – Columbia University
  • Glenn Valdez, Ph.D. – Harvard Medical School
  • Qi Wan, Ph.D. – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Sara Jane Ward, Ph.D. – Temple University