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Annabelle (Mimi) M. Belcher, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral IRTA Fellow |

Mimi received her Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola University in New Orleans with a Major in Psychology. In 1998 she took a two-year Post-Baccalaureate Fellow position at the National Institute of Mental Health, where she worked under Dr. Mortimer Mishkin investigating the role of the hippocampal formation in various forms of memory.  She received her PhD in Biological Sciences in 2007 from the University of California, Irvine under the mentorship of John F. Marshall, and her thesis work explored the enduring cognitive and neurochemical sequelae resulting from methamphetamine exposure.  After a one-year post-doc in sunny Santa Barbara with the MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project (headed by Michael Gazzaniga), she returned to the bench in August 2009 to work with Dr. Stein’s group investigating animal models of drug abuse.

Research Interests:

  • Awake and anesthetized brain imaging of nonhuman primate models of psychostimulant addiction
  • Functional imaging of cocaine-induced changes in brain circuitry implicated in addiction
  • Drug-induced alterations in cognitive flexibility and reward-seeking behavior


  • IYang S, Belcher AM, Chefer S, Vaupel DB, Chen X, Kurup PK, Toss TJ, Epstein DJ, Stein, EA, Yang Y (in preparation). Metabolite abnormalities in rhesus monkeys during methamphetamine withdrawal: A 1H MR Spectroscopy Study at 3T.
  • Feifel D, Shilling PD, Belcher AM (2012) The effects of oxytocin and its analog, carbetocin, on genetic deficits in sensorimotor gating. Eur Neuropsychopharmacol. May;22(5):374-8.

Book chapters:

  • Belcher AM, Roskies A (in press). Neuroscience Basics. In Morse SJ (Ed.) Primer on Criminal Law and Neuroscience Oxford:UK.
  • Izquierdo AI, Belcher AM (2012). Rodent Models of Adaptive Decision Making.  In Kobeissy, FH (Ed.) Psychiatric Disorders: Methods and Protocols Humana Press: New York; vol. 829, pp.85-101.
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