Kathleen A. Grant, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
  • Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
  • Chief, Division of Neuroscience, Oregon National Primate Research Center
  • Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program, School of Medicine


Kathleen (Kathy) Grant, Ph.D. is Chief and Professor, Division of Neuroscience at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. Her scientific interests are in animal models of addiction, particularly alcoholism.

Her studies in non human primates are aimed at understanding the co-morbidity of stress and excessive alcohol drinking examining risk factors such genetics, in utero exposure, adolescent vulnerability, sex differences and menstrual cycle effects, brain adaptations and cognitive impairments.

Education and training

    • B.S., 1979, University of Santa Clara
    • M.S., 1982, University of Washington
    • Ph.D., 1984, University of Washington
  • Fellowship

    • National Research Service Award, University of Chicago, 1984-1987

Memberships and associations:

  • 1992- Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research; 2001-present: Reviewing Editor
  • 1995- Behavioral Pharmacology
  • 2013- Alcohol

Areas of interest

  • Animal models of alcohol and drug addiction
  • Stress response to chronic alcohol drinking
  • MRI imaging of brain circuitry
  • Advances in cognitive assessment of primate behavior
  • Behavioral pharmacology

Honors and awards

  • 2009 - 2013 National Advisory Council, NIAAA
  • 2013 Henri Begleiter Excellence in Research Award, Research Society on Alcoholism
  • 2015 Master Lecture, 2015 American Psychological Association Convention
  • 2016-2018 President, Behavioral Pharmacology Society (BPS)
  • 2017 Plenary Lecture, Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction, APA



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