Research Health Scientist,
Edward Hines Jr., VA Hospital
Dr. Herrold’s Research mission is to develop and optimize neuroscience-informed treatments for substance use disorders and co-occurring conditions, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI). Currently, Dr. Herrold’s career focuses specifically on neurorehabilitation of co-occurring alcohol use disorder and mild traumatic brain injury (AUD+mTBI). Investigating the neural underpinnings of AUD+mTBI will lead to optimal treatment development and customized medicine. Dr. Herrold trained in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to be a leader in the field of AUD+mTBI neurorehabilitation. Dr. Herrold completed VA HSR&D and Polytrauma/TBI fellowships, as well as, a NIDILHRR Merit Switzer Research fellowship allowing me to transition from a pre-clinical to a clinical neuroscientist. Dr. Herrold is the PI of a completing VA RR&D Career Development Award, Level-II characterizing alcohol craving at the behavioral and neural systems level through neuroimaging to develop the neuromodulatory treatment rTMS for AUD+mTBI. Dr. Herrold will soon begin her first VA RR&D Merit award which is a natural extension and advancement of the CDA-II work. Dr. Herrold works with a team of interdisciplinary collaborators at Edward Hines Jr., VA Hospital, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, and Northwestern University. Dr. Herrold has multi-disciplinary collaborations both within the Dept. of Psychiatry, Warren Wright Adolescent Center and Radiology at Northwestern University to examine the effects of sports-related mTBI and the impact of gender-specific factors. With these collaborators, Dr. Herrold has also examined the effects of cannabis use on brain structure, function and cognition. Dr. Herrold has over 25 publications.