Rachel I. Anderson, Ph.D.

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Health Science Policy Analyst
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Office of Science Policy & Planning
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Rachel Anderson serves as a legislative liaison and provides policy support for several research areas across NINDS. She earned her Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience at Binghamton University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her research focused on developmental differences in alcohol sensitivity and neuropeptide modulation of stress and alcohol interactions using rodent models of alcohol consumption. Rachel transitioned to government through the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program, serving one year at the National Institute of Justice and one year at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) before formally joining NIAAA as a federal employee. At NIAAA, she contributed to reporting and analysis activities, coordinated strategic planning efforts, prepared materials and presentations for the Institute Director, and served as an editor for the Institute’s peer-reviewed journal.