Department of Psychology welcomes Hollis Karoly, Ph.D.

In Fall Semester 2020, the Department of Psychology welcomed Assistant Professor Hollis Karoly as the newest Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology and Counseling Psychology faculty member.

Karoly received her B.A. in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and a dual Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2018. She then completed a predoctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina and postdoctoral training at CU Boulder before joining Colorado State University as a faculty member this fall. During her training, she received funding from the National Science Foundation and won awards from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the European Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism. Karoly also currently serves as an affiliate research faculty member at CU Boulder.

Karoly is currently in the process of obtaining licensure as a clinical psychologist, and has experience working in outpatient treatment for alcohol use and other substance use disorders. She is a member of the Research Society on Alcoholism, the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology), and the APA Division 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse). Karoly also serves as a review editor for the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry.

Karoly’s research combines neuroimaging, molecular biology, genetic methods, and behavioral assessments in the study of substance use disorders. She is particularly interested in characterizing the neural, molecular, and behavioral mechanisms underlying the etiology of alcohol and cannabis use disorders. At CSU, she will focus on exploring the effects of alcohol and cannabis on the brain and gut microbiome. Her research will include the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). She will also use acute drug administration paradigms to explore the behavioral and physiological effects of alcohol and cannabis.