Collene Lawhorn


  • Senior Research Advisor in the Office of Health, Infectious Disease and Nutrition at the United States Agency for International Development
  • Recipient of a Neuroscience and Pharmacology Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Published in neuroscience journals


Collene is a former writer for Verywell Health covering headaches. She is currently the Senior Research Advisor in the Office of Health, Infectious Disease and Nutrition at the United States Agency for International Development. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Rockefeller University, where she worked on questions related to substance abuse and the endogenous opioids—two systems that are important to understanding pain and pain relief. Collene has published extensively in her field, including in the journal Neuroscience, and has received numerous grants and awards from agencies such as the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, The National Institute of Mental Health, The National Institute of Drug Abuse, The American Psychological Association and The Society For Neuroscience.


Collene received a Bachelor of Science degree in communication from the Rochester Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in psychological services from The University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in neuroscience from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the neurobiology of addictive diseases at Rockefeller University.

A Word From Collene Lawhorn

Whether it's stress-induced or migraine-related, the pain caused by headache can rob us of our physical, mental, and social well-being. As a scientist who has studied the brain systems that contribute to pain, and as a person who has suffered from debilitating migraines since childhood, I understand the importance of providing answers to the questions that are crucial to protecting our livelihood.

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