Jennifer Mitchell is a Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry and the Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at the San Francisco VA. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from UCSF, where her doctoral research focused on understanding how stress and anxiety influence opioid tolerance and addiction. She conducts translational neuroscience research that rests at the intersection of psychology, behavioral pharmacology, and neuroanatomy. Her current work is focused on identifying and developing novel therapeutics for drug and alcohol abuse, PTSD, stress, anxiety, impulsivity, and depression and on understanding the neural mechanisms responsible for these disorders.
Over the past four year, she has worked on the development of psychedelic therapeutics for a range of psychiatric conditions including MDMA for PTSD and psilocybin for demoralization and depression. She is a member of the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics and the UCSF Neuroscape Psychedelics Division and has extensive and diverse experience with human and animal pharmacology, hypothesis-driven neuroscience, human proof-of-concept studies, translational models, and clinical trials.
DoD Awarded Grants:
W81XWH-14-2-0143 Institute for Translational Neuroscience 2013
W81XWH-13-2-0075 Institute for Translational Neuroscience 2012
W81XWH-12-2-0048 Institute for Translational Neuroscience 2011
W81XWH-11-2-0145 Institute for Translational Neuroscience 2010
W81XWH-07-1-0431 Human Functional Imaging of Central Nervous System Opioids in Alcohol Reward 2007