BiographyAndre Der-Avakian, Ph.D. is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. His research is focused on the development of novel cross-species translational behavioral tests of reward processing in rodents. Specifically, he is interested in stress-induced disruption of reward processing as it relates to the symptom of anhedonia, or loss of pleasure, seen in several psychiatric disorders like depression, schizophrenia, and drug addiction. Current projects include investigation of metabotropic glutamate 2/3 receptors in stress-induced anhedonia. Dr. Der-Avakian is also interested in understanding the neurobiological factors that promote resilience to stress-induced anhedonia.
Dr. Der-Avakian received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He completed his postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, where he was awarded a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.