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About Assistant VPR Derek A. Hamilton

Assistant VPR Derek Hamilton


Derek A. Hamilton is the Assistant Vice President for Research and a Professor of Psychology. He is a behavioral neuroscientist, specializing in the study of learning, memory, and brain plasticity. His research examines the behavioral and neurobiological effects of exposure to alcohol, and his current work evaluates interventions to improve learning and memory deficits associated with exposure to alcohol during brain development.

Hamilton earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1996, and completed a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 2003. He joined the UNM Faculty in 2005 following a postdoctoral fellowship at the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience in Alberta, Canada. He has served as Acting Chair of Psychology and Head of the Cognition, Brain, and Behavior Area in the Department of Psychology.

Hamilton’s research has been reported in 75 peer-reviewed publications and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health continuously since 2006.

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