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Cynthia Conklin, PhD

Cynthia Conklin, PhD Promoted to Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Congratulations to Cynthia Conklin, PhD on her promotion to the rank of Associate Professor of Psychiatry.  Dr. Conklin originally joined the Department of Psychiatry faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2003 after earning her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Purdue University and completing a two-year post doctoral fellowship through the Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh.  In her research, Dr. Conklin is applying a translational perspective to the investigation of subjective, physiological, and behavioral reactivity to drug-related cues in adult smokers, and on identifying the types of cues and other environmental contexts that have the greatest impact on smoking maintenance and cessation.  She has served as the Principal Investigator for four federally-funded grants, including a current project that examines the roles of personalized smoking cues on smoking behavior and relapse.  The long term goal of this research is not only to understand underlying mechanisms of drug addiction, but to develop novel behavioral techniques to enhance the efficacy of drug dependence treatments, such as by extinguishing smoking behavior in response to cues.  Dr. Conklin has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and is the co-author of a book about cognitive behavior therapy for smoking cessation.  In addition to her research activities, Dr. Conklin is also a talented teacher and mentor, who has served as a group instructor for the Introduction to Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine courses for medical students for the past several years.  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Conklin on this academic achievement.