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Sarah L. Withey, PhD

Sarah L. Withey, PhD

McLean Hospital Title:
Harvard Medical School Title:
  • Instructor in Psychiatry


Sarah L. Withey, PhD, is an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an assistant psychobiologist in the Preclinical Pharmacology Program at McLean Hospital. Her research focuses on elucidating the pharmacological mechanisms that mediate the behavioral effects of drugs of abuse. Dr. Withey received her PhD at the University of Bristol, UK, in May 2015. Her thesis focused on the mechanisms of opioid tolerance, utilizing both in vitro and in vivo techniques.

Dr. Withey joined the Preclinical Pharmacology Program under Dr. Jack Bergman in July 2015. Her current research focuses on the effects of both opioid and nicotinic drugs on conditioned behavioral responses. The overall aim of her research is to further understand the mechanisms involved in the development and maintenance of drug dependence.


Opioid AddictionBasic NeurosciencePharmacology


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Education & Training:

  • 2011 BSc in Biomedical Science (Anatomy), Cardiff University, UK
  • 2015 PhD in Pharmacology, University of Bristol, UK
  • 2015-Present Research Fellowship, Preclinical Pharmacology Program, McLean Hospital




Office Address:

Belmont campus - Oaks Building