Brittney M. Cox, PhD

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Company: Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of California, Irvine
Location: Costa Mesa, California, United States

Brittney M. Cox, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of California, Irvine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academia.

Dr. Cox delved into her profession during her undergraduate studies after asking a professor how she could pursue research in the nursing field. Originally enrolled in nursing classes, she graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in ISS health studies in 2009. She was subsequently hired by the School of Medicine at Wayne State University as a research technician, holding that position until 2010.

During her time spent with Wayne State University, Dr. Cox learned about the complexities of addiction, including what causes addiction and how to treat different addictive disorders. Desiring to study the subject further, she was accepted to the Medical University of South Carolina, graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy in neuroscience in 2015. She has since served as a postdoctoral scholar and fellow with the College of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine.

In her role, Dr. Cox studies addiction treatment and the cognitive side effects of addiction with the knowledge that certain medications have been developed to change the way people think and live their lives. Specifically, Dr. Cox enjoys researching the effects of oxytocin, a naturally-produced hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain that affects social bonding. Hypothesizing that the chemical could potentially treat addiction, she was delighted to find that her theories were correct. Looking toward the future, she hopes to continue conducting research into addiction and growing as a prominent figure in her field.

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