Dr. Hamilton is focused on understanding impulsivity and its role in risk behaviors from psychological and neurobiological perspectives. Currently, she is examining the neural correlates of choice impulsivity in adolescents in a NIDA-funded K99 longitudinal fMRI study. In this research, she also will examine whether changes in choice impulsivity and its neural correlates prospectively predict changes in risk behavior engagement (e.g., substance abuse, risky sex).
Dr. Hamilton received her Ph.D. at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 2010. In her doctoral research, she established that Lewis and Fischer rats provide a rodent model of individual differences in response impulsivity. Dr. Hamilton completed a two year NIDA-funded T32 Post-doctoral Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine during which she examined relationships among impulsivity, alcohol abuse, and stress in human adults. Currently Dr. Hamilton is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, with a joint appointment in the Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC) and in the Center of Addictions, Personality and Emotion Research (CAPER).