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Roxann Harvey

Roxann HarveyRoxann Harvey is a past Co-President of CELEST Student Group and is pursuing a doctorate in the Boston University Psychology Department.

Her background includes a BS in Psychology from UMASS Boston with a minor in Biology and a concentration in Bio-behavioral Studies. As an undergraduate she assisted in research at the UMASS-Boston Behavioral Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroscience laboratories.

Roxann is a Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program scholar and was attracted to CELEST and BU/Psychology because she wanted to train in a interdisciplinary program that had a strong focus on behavioral and cognitive research.


In addition to her leadership role in CELEST, she is a Discussion Facilitator for Boston University’s Responsible Conduct of Research seminar series.

In her doctoral research at BU’s Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience, Roxann is using an animal model of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to investigate co-morbidity between ADHD and cocaine addiction and the effects of methylphenidate on selective attention.

Roxann’s Goals after Earning Her PhD

First be a postdoctoral fellow using behavioral neuroscience methods to examine prefrontal cortex deficits

Then to become an independent researcher, educator, and mentor for younger generations and underrepresented scientists

And finally to become a professor at a multidisciplinary center similar to CELEST that examines and models cognitive functions from neurons to behavior with translational implications for society.

Last updated on May 18, 2011