Gipson-Reichardt Awarded 2021 Joseph Cochin Young Investigator Award

Brentwood, TN – The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) is excited to announce that Dr. Cassandra Gipson-Reichardt, PhD, has been awarded the 2021 Joseph Cochin Young Investigator Award for Excellence.

The Cochin Award, in memory of a respected leader in drug abuse research and a former Chairman and Executive Secretary of CPDD, was established in 1986 to recognize research contributions in any facet of the field of substance use disorder. Given annually to an investigator who has demonstrated excellence in their field of research, authored several publications, and not attained their 40th birthday by July 1st in the year of the award, the Cochin Award is one of CPDDs most prestigious awards to receive.

Dr. Cassandra Gipson-Reichardt is a preclinical addiction neuroscientist, focusing on glutamatergic, cholinergic, ovarian hormone, and neuroimmune mechanisms involved in nicotine use and opioid/stimulant polysubstance use using rodent models. Upon receiving her award Dr. Gipson-Reichardt stated, “I am so grateful to receive the Cochin award this year. This award is meaningful to me because my colleagues, mentors, family, and friends have contributed so much to my career. To be recognized in this way truly is wonderful, and it is a reflection of the support I have received.”

The Joseph Cochin Young Investigator Award was the only Award for Excellence given by The College on Problems of Drug Dependence in 2021. All other awards will resume in 2022. For more information on the CPDD 83rd Annual Scientific Virtual Meeting, visit