Dr. Hamilton received her Ph.D. in Medical Psychology at the Uniformed Services University in 2010 and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Yale School of Medicine and the University of Maryland. Currently, Dr. Hamilton is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program, a faculty member in the Maryland Neuroimaging Center, and the Director of the Executive Functions Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory. 

A central aim of Dr. Hamilton’s research is to understand psychological and neurobiological mechanisms by which impulsivity confers risk for substance abuse and other harmful behaviors in adolescents and adults.  In her NIDA funded K99/R00 research she is examining neurodevelopmental changes in brain activation and connectivity underlying choice impulsivity as they relate to changes in risk behavior engagement (e.g., substance use, risky sex).  Her research employs prospective longitudinal designs, neuroimaging, and self-report, behavioral, and physiological assessments (e.g., cortisol).  Dr. Hamilton teaches an advanced undergraduate course in Health Psychology.


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Kristen  Hamilton
0215 Cole Student Activities Center
Department of Psychology
khamilt4 [at] umd.edu