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1. Council History
2. Current (2019 - 2020) IBNS Officers


2019-2020 IBNS Officers



Jared Young
University of California
at San Diego
San Diego, CA, USA
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Jared received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and went on to the University of California, San Diego to complete his postdoc. There, he is currently a Professor, Department of Psychiatry.

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F. Scott Hall
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH, USA
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Dr. F. Scott Hall received his Psychology BA from Harvard College, and went on to receive Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of Cambridge. He joined IBNS in 1998 and has played a big role ever since. Dr. Hall has been a member of several other committees, chaired the Membership & Communication Committees, was elected Fellow in 2012, and IBNS President in 2017.

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Mikhail Pletnikov
Johns Hopkins University
  School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD, USA
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Dr. Pletnikov received his M.D. from I.M. Sechenov First Moscow Medical Institute and went on to receive Ph.D. from P.K. Anokhin Institute of Normal Physiology. He joined IBNS in 1999, previously served as the 2015 - 2017 IBNS President, as well as served as the Program Chair and Co-Chair.

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Tiffany Donaldson
University of Massachusetts
Boston, MA, USA
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A graduate with a BA in Biology and Spanish with Honors from Dartmouth College, Dr. Donaldson completed a Master's at Harvard College in Psychology (concentration in Psychopharmacology) and obtained her Ph.D. in Psychobiology from Northeastern University in 1993. Dr. Donaldson joined IBNS in 2014 and served on the Program Planning Committee from 2016 - 2018.

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IBNS Regional Councilors


Yasushi Kiyokawa
The University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan
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Yasushi Kiyokawa is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan. After studying Veterinary Medicine at The University of Tokyo and obtaining a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, as is common in Japan, he continued his research at the same laboratory and received his Ph.D. in 2006. He then worked as a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and became Assistant Professor in 2010.

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Stan Floresco
The University 
of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Dr. Stan Floresco a Professor of Psychology at University of British Columbia and is a member of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. He earned his PhD in Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia and did his postdoctoral training in the field of dopamine neurophysiology in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Markus Wöhr
  of Marburg
Marburg, Germany
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Markus Wöhr, Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D.), is a biological psychologist and behavioral neuroscientist, presently holding a Young Investigator Group Leader position at the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, Faculty of Psychology, Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany. At present, he is also holding a Visiting Associate Professor position at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, School of Medicine, Stanford University, USA.

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Davide Amato
Medical University 
of South Carolina
Charleston, SC, USA
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Dr. Davide Amato is a graduate of Sapienza University of Rome. Dr. Amato became an IBNS member in 2013 and served as a Guest-Editor for the IBNS newsletter. Now, in addition to being a Council member, he is Chief-Editor of the newsletter as well as a member of the Program Committee and the Communication Committee. Additionally, he is on the teaching staff of the Medical University of South Carolina (Behavioral Neuroscience) and conducts and supervises research in neurocircuitry of relapse to cocaine (MUSC).

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Latin America

Universidad Nacional 
  Autonoma de Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico
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Rosalinda received her MD from the Facultad de Medicine de la UNAM. She then pursued a Master's Degree in Physiological Sciences at the Divison de Estudios de Posgrado. There, she was awarded the "Gabino Barreda" medal when receiving her Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences in Physiology, with honors. She is a full-time Titular Professor level "C" at the Physiology Department of the Facultad de Medicine, National Research Scientist (SNI) Level III, and member of PRIDE level "D," DGAPA, UNAM.

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Debra Bangasser
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA, USA
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Dr. Debra Bangasser is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Neuroscience Program at Temple University, as well as the principle investigator of the Neuroendocrinology and Behavior Laboratory. She earned her PhD in Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience from Rutgers University and did postdoctoral training in the field of Stress Neurobiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Jill Silverman
University of California Davis
Sacramento, CA, USA
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A graduate of Rutgers University with Honors, Dr. Silverman attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center. She completed her postdoctoral research training in the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Intramural Research Program.

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Amanda Kentner
MCPHS University
Boston, MA, USA
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Dr. Amanda (Mandy) Kentner earned her PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada, focusing on sex differences in depression. The first academic conference she attended was IBNS in 2002. In the spring of 2012, Dr. Kentner joined the Health Psychology program at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, in Boston Massachusetts. In this role, she teaches several courses including Biological Psychology, Stress & Illness, Drugs & Behavior, and a Health Psychology Capstone.

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Samantha Mahabir
St. Michael's Hospital
Mississauga, ON, Canada