Alison Wakeford, PhD

  • Research Fellow in Psychiatry


Alison Wakeford, PhD, is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Behavioral Biology Program in McLean Hospital. Previously, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, where she examined the contribution of early-life stress to the abuse-related effects of cocaine self-administration. In addition, she also examined the neurobiological consequences of early-life stress using positron emission tomography imaging.

Currently, Dr. Wakeford is interested in investigating how drugs of abuse may modulate social behavior which, in turn, could play a factor in the future use and misuse of drugs.

Education & Training

  • 2010 BS in Psychology, University of Georgia
  • 2013 MA in Experimental Psychology, American University
  • 2015 PhD in Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience, American University
  • 2016-2019 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Emory University


Belmont campus - Oaks Building, Room 312