Kenira J. Thompson, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Physiology , Pharmacology & Toxicology
2001  Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience 
Minor: Neurobiology, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology 
Dissertation Title: “An Examination of the Time-Dependent Expression of Angiogenic Factors and Energy Substrates in the Cerebellum of the Exercised Rat.”

Master of Science, Dept. of Psychology University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Thesis title: “The effects of the naltrexone implant on intravenous self-administration of cocaine.”

Bachelor of Arts, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, San German, PR 
Major: Psychology 
Minor: Biology 
Summa Cum Laude Graduation 
Current Research, Teaching and Professional Appointments 2005 – Present Present Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Ponce School of Medicine,  Departments of Physiology and Pharmacology
2001 – 2005 Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Dr. Joe L. Martinez, Jr. Cajal Neuroscience Research Center, Univ. of Texas-San Antonio
Sponsored by: APA Minority Fellowship Program in the Neurosciences and the Texas Consortium in Behavioral Neuroscience, Research Focus: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
2004 – 2005 Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI) Consultant, Univ. of Texas at San Antonio
1998 – 1999 Project Assistant, Department of Sociology & Center for Latin America, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Under the supervision of: Dr. Kristin Espinosa 
1997 – 2000 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, Three-year tenure, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
1996 - 1997 Advanced Opportunity Fellow, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
Recent Memberships of Professional Societies   National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN)
Puerto Rico Neuroscience Association
American Psychological Association (APA) 
Society for Neuroscience 
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans
International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS) 
PHI KAPPA PHI Honor Society 
Sigma Xi Honor Research Society 
Women in Neuroscience 
Association of Latino Students- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Alumni 
Association for Ethnic Diversity in the Neurosciences
Awards 2005 American College for Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Minority Faculty Training Award 
2005 Grass Foundation Trustee Grant for New Investigators 
July 2003-June 2004 Texas Consortium in Behavioral Neurosciences, Postdoctoral Fellowship
July 2001-June 2003 APA Minority Fellowship Program in the Neurosciences, Postdoctoral Fellowship
October-2000 UWM Graduate Travel Award
October-2000 Society for Neuroscience Minority Conference Travel Fellowship
2000-2001 Advanced Opportunity Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
1998 Admission to the Neural Systems and Behavior course at the Marine Biological Laboratories(Woods Hole, MA),
1998 CIC Women in Science Travel Award- to attend the 1998 Society for Neuroscience Conference
1997-2000 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
Summer, 1997 Summer Program in Neuroscience Ethics and Survival (SPINES) at Marine Biological Laboratories, Woods Hole, MA
1997-98 APA/MFP Minority Training Fellowship in the Neurosciences
1997-98 Advanced Opportunity Fellowship- awarded at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
1996-97 Advanced Opportunity Fellowship- awarded at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
1997 PHI KAPPA PHI Honor Society 
1996 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research
1995 Summa Cum Laude Graduation, Charles Likert Medal of Honor to Highest GPA in Social Science Department, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, San German campus 
1993-1995 National Dean’s List
1993-1995 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities 
1990 NIH Minority Student Summer Research Award. Research under the supervision of Dr. Arthur Hupka, Chairperson of the Pharmacology Department at Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, Puerto Rico.