Reagan R. Wetherill, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Reagan R. Wetherill, Ph.D. Alumni 2016 - 2018


Dr. Reagan Wetherill is an Assistant Professor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist at the Center for Studies of Addiction in the Department of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her predoctoral internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Wetherill’s training and research experience encompass both basic and clinical neuroscience, and her program of research integrates genetic and neuroimaging approaches to help elucidate the etiology of alcohol use disorder, cannabis use disorder, and nicotine use disorder and to optimize pharmacological treatments. She has previously been funded by individual (F31) and institutional (T32) training fellowships from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Her current work, funded by an NIAAA K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Career Development Award, focuses on identifying the effects of pharmacotherapy on neural activity and behaviors underlying alcohol use disorder. She is particularly known for her work in using functional neuroimaging and alcohol administration techniques to understand the effects of alcohol on cognition, specifically memory processes and alcohol-induced blackouts, and sex differences in neural responses to nicotine and cannabis cues among individuals diagnosed with nicotine and/or cannabis use disorder.

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University of Pennsylvania
Treatment Research Center
3900 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


(215) 746-3952
(619) 208-1956


(215) 386-6770


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