Current Rappaport Fellows at McLean

Photos by Patrick O’Connor; text courtesy McLean Development Office.

Laura N. Smith, PhD

Laura N. Smith, PhD

2015-16 Rappaport Mental Health Research Scholar

Laura N. Smith, PhD, is interested in understanding mechanisms underlying aberrant synaptic and behavioral plasticity, particularly in animal models of drug addiction and Fragile X/autism. She completed her doctoral work under the direction of Dr. Robert Smith at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she investigated the long-term behavioral and neuronal morphological effects of adolescent drug exposure in rats.

Since joining Dr. Chris Cowan’s Integrative Neurobiology Laboratory in 2008, Dr. Smith has focused on determining the role of Fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP) and other synaptic proteins in cocaine-induced plasticity, and on understanding potential reward dysfunction in Fragile X. She has received NIDA and FRAXA funding, the Eleanor and Miles Shore Harvard Medical School Fellowship, and is a recipient of the 2015-2016 Rappaport Fellowship from the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation.

Kristin Javaras, PhD

Kristin Javaras, PhD

2015-16 Rappaport Mental Health Research Scholar

Kristin Javaras, PhD, is an assistant in psychology in McLean’s Division of Women’s Mental Health. Her research is focused on the neural circuitry of emotional overeating. She has degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and the University of Wisconsin, and holds doctoral degrees in statistics and clinical psychology. Dr. Javaras was also a Rhodes Scholar.