Rachel Alison Adcock

Rachel Alison Adcock
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
DSMM - Duke Scholars in Neurosciences (DSNS)
Campus mail: Box 90999, Durham, NC 27708-0999
Phone: (919) 681-7486

Dr. Adcock received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Emory University and her MD and PhD in Neurobiology from Yale University.  She completed her psychiatry residency training at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute at UC-San Francisco and did neurosciences research as a postdoctoral fellow at UC-SF, the San Francisco VA Medical Center, and Stanford before joining the Duke faculty in 2007. Her work has been funded by NIDA, NIMH, NSF and Alfred P. Sloan and Klingenstein Fellowships in the Neurosciences, and the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, and honored by NARSAD awards, the 2012 National Academy of Sciences Seymour Benzer Lectureship, and the 2015 ABAI BF Skinner Lectureship. The overall goals of her research program are to understand how brain systems for motivation support learning and to use mechanistic understanding of how behavior changes biology to meet the challenge of developing new therapies appropriate for early interventions for mental illness.

Education and Training

  • Yale University School of Medicine, M.D. 1999
  • Yale University, Ph.D. 1999