Mclean Hospital
Maria Mavrikaki, PhD

Maria Mavrikaki, PhD

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


Maria Mavrikaki, PhD, studied psychology and neuroscience at the University of Crete in Greece. After obtaining her PhD, she pursued a post-doctoral research fellow position at The Scripps Research Institute in Scripps, Florida, where she utilized genetic mouse models to study mechanisms underlying motivation for food. She joined Dr. Chartoff’s laboratory at McLean Hospital as a post-doctoral research fellow in 2014, and was promoted to assistant neuroscientist at McLean Hospital and instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in 2017.

Dr. Mavrikaki studies epigenetic mechanisms underlying the effects of stress and sex on prescription opioid self-administration in rats. She was awarded the 2015 Jonathan Edward Brooking Award for Mental Health Research from McLean Hospital to develop her project. More recently, she was awarded the 2017-2018 Eleanor and Miles Shore Harvard Medical School Fellowship that supports young investigators at the instructor and assistant professor levels.


AddictionBasic NeuroscienceGender/Sex Differences


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Education & Training:

  • 2007 BSc in Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Crete, Greece
  • 2010 MSc in Neuroscience, Medical School, University of Crete, Greece
  • 2011 PhD in Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, University of Crete, Greece
  • 2012-2014 Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Department of Metabolism and Aging, Bulter Lab, The Scripps Research Institute
  • 2014-2017 Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior Laboratory, Chartoff Lab, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School




Office Address:

Belmont campus - Mailman Research Center, Room 215