Susan Ferguson, PhD

Faculty Liaison

Ferguson_Susan_220x180Dr. Susan Ferguson is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She is a principal investigator in the research institute’s Center for Integrative Brain Research, where her research focuses on the circuitry that regulates reward, motivation and decision-making and how this circuitry goes awry in diseases such as drug addiction and attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder.

Ferguson received both her BS in biopsychology and cognitive sciences and her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Michigan. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington and joined the faculty in 2011. Ferguson believes mentorship and education outreach are cornerstones to a successful research program, and is an active mentor to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two boys and two dogs, as well as cooking, traveling and exploring the coffee shops around Seattle.

Christina Riley, MAR, MPhil

Program Coordinator

Christina RileyAfter a 10-year hiatus from the Seattle area, Christina Riley returned in August 2017 from the East Coast, where she spent time completing graduate work and working for Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. While at Yale, she worked as the senior administrative assistant for two programs focused on forest restoration and education: the Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative (ELTI) and the Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry (GISF).

Riley holds a BA in humanities, cum laude, from Western Washington University, an MAR from Yale University’s Divinity School, and an MPhil from Drew University. In 2017, she left Drew’s PhD program (ABD) in New Testament and early Christianity in order to pursue other career goals. Her true passion is child passenger safety, so in her spare time, she volunteers at local area hospitals as a Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor (CPST-I) and runs her own small car seat safety business – Safe Sound Kids Northwest. She is also trained in car seats for children with special needs. She is happily married and has two children, ages 6 and 3, and adores spending time with her family.