Harvard Medical School

Dr. James K. Rowlett received his undergraduate degree from Morehead State University (1988), where he first obtained research experience under the guidance of Dr. Bruce A. Mattingly.  In 1993, he received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Kentucky under the mentorship of Dr. Michael T. Bardo.  Dr. Rowlett then joined the laboratory of Dr. William L. Woolverton at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and received training in primate models of stimulant and anxiolytic abuse.  In 1997, Dr. Rowlett moved to the New England Primate Research Center (NEPRC) as an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School under the mentorship of Dr. Roger D. Spealman.  At NEPRC, he initiated research programs on anxiolytic, stimulant, and polydrug abuse.  Currently, Dr. Rowlett is an Assistant Professor and Supervisor of the Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory in the Division of Behavioral Biology at NEPRC, as well as an Associate Scientist in the Neuroscience and Behavior Program of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  He has been a member of CPDD since 1994 and is a former CPDD Travel Award recipient.  Dr. Rowlett is the author or co-author of more than 75 articles, reviews, and book chapters on research related to drug abuse and neuropsychiatric disorders.