Erica Grodin, PhD
2021 Friends Scholar
Dr. Grodin is an Associate Project Scientist in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. She received her PhD in neuroscience from a joint graduate partnerships program between Brown University and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Grodin came to UCLA in 2018 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Translational Neuroscience on Drug Abuse T32 Training Program. Following the completion of her T32 fellowship, she was awarded an F32 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to elucidate the effect of a neuroimmune modulator on the neural substrates of alcohol cue and stress reactivity in individuals with an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Broadly, Dr. Grodin’s research seeks to identify the neural and behavioral mechanisms underlying the development and maintenance of AUD in order to develop novel and efficacious treatments for this disorder. She is particularly interested in understanding psychoneuroimmunology mechanisms underlying AUD. Support from the Friends of Semel Award will allow her to expand her research into the effect of acute inflammation on the brain. This study will use neuroimaging to elucidate the effects of experimentally-induced inflammation on alcohol cue-reactivity in heavy and light drinkers. Results from this study will provide mechanistic data on the neural circuitry impacted by acute inflammation in individuals with AUD with the end goal of translating these mechanisms into innovative AUD treatments.