Kainan S. Wang, PhD

  • Instructor in Psychiatry


Kainan (Sally) Wang, PhD, is an assistant neuroscientist in the Functional Integration of Addiction Research Laboratory, directed by Dr. Amy Janes. Dr. Wang is interested in how the corticostriatal circuit is altered in patients afflicted with addictive and affective disorders and its impact on adaptive behavior. She uses behavioral tasks and physiological measures, in conjunction with neuroimaging tools such as fMRI and EEG, to probe brain-behavior relationships, with the ultimate goal of translating these findings into pharmacological and behavioral interventions.

Prior to coming to McLean, Dr. Wang worked under the direction of Dr. Mauricio Delgado at Rutgers University to study how our perception of control and agency influences decision-making and the underlying neural mechanism subserving the subjective value of control. Dr. Wang has also been involved in animal preclinical research studying basal ganglia disorders including Parkinson’s disease.

Education & Training

  • 2012 BA in Biology, Neuroscience, and French, Washington University in St. Louis
  • 2019 PhD in Behavioral and Neural Sciences, Rutgers University


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