Emma Childs

PhD, King’s College, London (UK)

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine

Office: 414 SPH/PI


Phone: 312-355-2726

email: echilds@psych.uic.edu

Web Site: Emma Childs Laboratory Page


Research Interests:

Dr. Emma Childs is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of The Human Addiction Psychopharmacology laboratory. Dr Childs’ research is dedicated to improving our understanding of addictive disorders. One of her primary areas of interest is studying how powerful associations are formed between abused drugs and the people, places and paraphernalia surrounding drug use (i.e., cues). These links are especially persistent in drug addicted individuals and represent a major barrier to the successful treatment of addiction because they can trigger relapse even after long periods of abstinence. Other areas of interest include individual factors that contribute to substance abuse and dependence. For example, genetic, personality, environmental (including stress) and physiological (including sex) factors can all influence an individual’s risk to develop a substance use disorder.