Dr. White is an Assistant Professor in Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University. She received her PhD from Cornell University in 1998, pursued postdoctoral training in long-term effects of prenatal drug exposure using animal models at Cornell from 1998 to 2000, and completed postdoctoral training in human behavioral psychopharmacology at the University of Chicago in 2002. She has taught undergraduate, graduate and extension courses in the neural bases of emotion and drug effects at Cornell University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Chicago's Graham School of General Studies. Dr. White joined the faculty of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies in July 2002.
Dr. White's research interests concern the biological bases of individual differences in personality and acute drug effects, with an emphasis on identifying brain mechanisms conferring vulnerability to psychostimulant and alcohol use and abuse in healthy, nonaddicted populations. Dr. White is PI on grants from NIDA (Imaging-Science Track Award for Research Transition (I/START), R01 and R21) to investigate the neural mechanisms of individual differences in the impulsive behavioral and emotional effects of moderate doses of psychostimulants. Recent publications have focused on between-person variation in psychostimulant effects, and the noradrenergic mediation of emotional traits in humans. Her work has been presented at annual meetings of the Society for Neuroscience (SFN), College of Problems in Drug Dependence (CPDD), the American Psychological Association (APA), the International Study Group Investigating Drugs as Reinforcers (ISGIDAR) and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). Dr. White has co-authored the book The State of Americans: This Generation and the Next with colleagues in human development at Cornell and serves as reviewer for journals Addiction; Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research; Biological Psychiatry; Drug and Alcohol Dependence; Journal of Psychopharmacology; Journal of Studies on Alcohol; Memory & Cognition; Neuropsychopharmacology; Neuroscience; Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior; Psychology of Addictive Behaviors; and Psychopharmacology.