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Leo J

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate


Neuroscience of Addiction, Psychopharmacology, Neuropharmacology, Neuropsychopharmacology

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

From Research to Reality: Transforming Addiction Science into Public Health Education

Are you ready to dive into the captivating world of addiction science? This project is an exciting opportunity for you to explore the mechanisms of action of various classes of drugs, from stimulants to opioids to depressants, and how they affect the brain's reward pathway. You'll gain valuable insight into the long-term effects of drug use on the brain and body, including addiction, tolerance, and withdrawal. But that's not all - armed with your newfound knowledge, you'll have the chance to create a science communication piece that informs others about the risks and effects of drug use. Whether it's an eye-catching infographic or a captivating educational video, you'll be able to spread the word and raise awareness about the dangers of drug addiction.

Exploring the Impact of Cultural and Linguistic Factors on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Health Disorders in Spanish-Speaking Populations

Are you interested in learning about how cultural and linguistic factors affect the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders in Spanish-speaking populations? In this project, you can start by researching the prevalence of mental health disorders among Spanish-speaking populations and how these disorders are diagnosed and treated. Next, you can investigate the cultural and linguistic barriers that can prevent effective communication between healthcare providers and Spanish-speaking patients, such as language proficiency and cultural beliefs. You can also explore the impact of these barriers on the use of psychopharmacological treatments, such as medication adherence and dosage adjustments. The project could be translated into both English and Spanish to reach a wider audience and promote better mental health outcomes for Hispanic communities.

Coding skills

Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)

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