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Alicia Thomas, PhD

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Alicia Thomas, PhD is a post-doctoral research associate at UWM in the psychology department. Her research focuses using the application of multimodal brain imaging to better characterize consequences of chronic drug use during adolescence. More specifically, her work examines the effect of marijuana and alcohol use on brain function and neural connectivity. Her research interests also include determining whether lifestyle factors like BMI or activity level moderate the effects of chronic drug use.

Dr. Thomas received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN respectively. After completing her Master’s degree Dr. Thomas spent 6 years with GE Healthcare, designing applications for cardiac imaging equipment. She received her doctoral degree in 2014 from the Pharmacology Department at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her graduate studies included using functional magnetic resonance imaging to study the neuro-pharmacological action of chemotherapy and drugs of abuse. Her dissertation work examined the effects of adjuvant chemotherapy on cognition and brain function in breast cancer patients. During her tenure in graduate school her research also sought to determine the neurocognitive effects of various psychoactive compounds found within marijuana.