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Mariya Cherkasova, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience

Click here to access the webpage for Dr. Cherkasova's lab.


Dr. Cherkasova received her PhD in clinical psychology from McGill University in Montreal. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where she then continued her work as a research associate. She joined the WVU faculty as an assistant professor in 2020. 
Dr. Cherkasova will be accepting graduate students for the fall of 2021.

Research interests

Dr. Cherkasova is interested in the psychological and neural mechanisms of reward-related behavior with a particular interest in the mechanisms supporting addiction. Her research takes a variety of methodological approaches including experimental psychology, eye tracking, neuroimaging and psychopharmacology. The ultimate goal for her research is to provide mechanistic insights to help improve addiction treatment and prevention strategies.



  • Psychology 426 – Physiological Psychology

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