Gina Marie Fernandez
My fascination with the brain and it’s pivotal role in behavior began at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where I completed my undergraduate psychology degree. During graduate school at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, I used animal models to explore the effects of adolescent nicotine exposure on addiction related behaviors later in adulthood. This work led to a postdoctoral research position at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York, where I studied the effects of adolescent binge alcohol exposure on cognitive flexibility.
My current research interests focus on the combined effects of nicotine and alcohol exposure on the developing brain. Utilizing animal models of learning and memory, I examine the combined, long- term effects of these drugs during adolescence. When I’m not spending time in my rat lab, you can find me on a relaxing beach or spending time with friends and family.
Courses Recently Taught
- PSYC 235. Physiological & Sensory Psychology
- PSYC 301. Psychological Statistics
- PSYC 314. Drugs, Brain, and Behavior
- 2008 - B.S. - Psychology - College of William and Mary
- 2011 - M.A. - Psychology - George Mason University
- 2014 - Ph.D. - Psychology - George Mason University
Areas of Expertise
- Behavioral Neuroscience
- Neurobiology of Addiction
- Animal Models of Learning & Memory
- Biological Psychology