Christopher Medina-Kirchner

Christopher Medina-Kirchner

Current Research

Christopher recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in Psychology. He is currently part of the Bridge-to-PhD Program in the Natural Sciences here at Columbia University. As an undergraduate, he was a McNair Scholar and conducted research in the Brain Imaging and Neuropsychology (BraIN) Laboratory, as well as with the Milwaukee County Drug Treatment Court evaluation team. Through this work, he began to notice how misinformation about the neuropharmocological actions of drugs have contributed to the phenomenon of mass incarceration. This inspired him to gain a more thorough understanding of the neurobiological and environmental factors that determine response to drug effects. He aspires to become a neuropsychopharmacologist who investigates the effects of psychoactive substances in human research patients.