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A headshot photo of Mariya Cherkasova.

Mariya Cherkasova, PhD

Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, Department of Psychology

Contact Information



  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Neuroscience
  • Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

Graduate Training

  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, McGill University


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of British Columbia
  • Research Associate, University of British Columbia

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.