My research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity and remodeling in the nervous system and how changes in these processes contribute to neuropsychiatric disorders, including substance use disorders. We use animal models with targeted mutations as a translational research tool. Also The CARE Center, operated under the Northern Medication-Assisted Treatment Center of Excellence through NJMS, serves individuals diagnosed with Substance Use Disorder. The Center assists as a referral resource for research participants. The population served at the CARE Center is available to respond to surveys and interviews for related research studies.