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The Ehlers Laboratory


Cindy L. Ehlers, PhD

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Education:
B.S., 1973 - Physiology, University of California, Davis, CA

Ph.D., 1977 - Physiology, minor in Pharmacology, University of California, Davis, CA

Employment History:
2008 - present:
Professor, The Scripps Research Institute,
Department of Neuroscience

1989 - 2008:
Associate Professor (with tenure), The Scripps Research Institute,
Department of Neuropharmacology, La Jolla CA

1983 - 1989:
Assistant Professor, Research Institute of Scripps Clinic,
Department of Neuropharmacology, La Jolla CA

1979 - 1983:
Senior Research Associate, Arthur Vining Davis Center for Behavioral Neurobiology,
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego, CA

1977 - 1979:
University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Anatomy and Brain Research Institute, Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Angeles, CA

1973 - 1977:
University of California, Davis, Departments of Physiology and Pharmacology,
Predoctoral fellow, Davis, CA

University Appointments:
Professor of Psychiatry (adjunct), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Professor of Psychiatry (adjunct), University of California, San Diego, CA


Citation for outstanding performance in Physiology, UC Davis

Giannini Foundation Fellow, UCLA

Klingenstein Foundation Fellow, The Salk Institute

Development Award, NIAAA

MacArthur Foundation Network on the Psychobiology of Depression

Thurman Award, UNC Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Merit Award (2007)

Wendy & Stanley Marsh Lectureship in Pharmacology and Neurochemistry of Substance Abuse/Addiction Disorders (2011)

Research Society for alcoholism Distinguished Researcher Award (2014)

Research Society for alcoholism Henri Begleiter award for excellence in Research (2020

Fellow, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology

Research Society on Alcoholism

Society for Neuroscience

Society for Biological Psychiatry

International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society

International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism

International Society for Psychoneuroendocrinology (scientific secretariat, 1997)

International Society for Twin Studies

Advisory Board Memberships:
NIAAA council 2007-2010

Steering Committee member National Advisory Board on Underage Drinking 2004.

Board of Directors, Research Society for Alcoholism, 1999-2002.

Scientific Advisory Board for the Alcohol Research Center University of North Carolina, Skipper Bowles Center 1997.

Scientific Advisory Board Alcohol Research Center Howard University 2004.

Scientific Advisory Board Alcohol Research Center UC Berkeley CA 2004-present.

Chair: Education & Training Committee , ACNP, 1998,1999.

Member, Committee on Social Outcomes, San Diego Foundation 1998-2000.

Member, program committee ACNP 2000-2003.

Chairman, Awards Committee RSA, 2000.

Consultant, Native American Graves protection and repatriation committee, culture and language retention committee, Luiseno nation-inter tribal coalition, 1998-present.

Journal Associate Editorships:
Alcoholism: Clinical Experimental Research

Biological Psychiatry

Critical Reviews in Neurobiology

Depression and Anxiety


Current Research Support:

NIAAA Research Grant RO1 AA006059. CL Ehlers, PI: EEG and ERP Measures of Alcohol’s Effects 

NIAAA Research Grant R01 AA026248 CL Ehlers, PI: Individual and community influences on alcohol use disorders and other mental health behaviors in Mexican Americans

NIAAA Research Grant R01 AA027316 CL Ehlers, PI: Neural basis of alcohol/substance use disorders and suicide in American Indians