Corey A. Calhoun


I am gay and I am a behavioral neuroscientist.//


I am a mixed-race Black scholar, first-generation college graduate, and queer-identifying neuroscientist from a low socioeconomic neighborhood in the Los Angeles area. As a Ph.D. candidate in the Developmental and Brain Sciences program at UMass Boston, I examine the influence of immune substrates within the brain’s reward and stress systems on the etiology and maintenance of addictive-like behaviors during adolescence. I have had a long-running interest in psychiatric research and have worked on various projects that examined neural underpinnings of depression, anxiety, drug addiction, and status-seeking and hierarchal behaviors. I value an interdisciplinary approach and community-building within science, and I would love to connect with more scholars that share similar backgrounds, challenges, and goals.