Collene Lawhorn

Neuroscientist, Senior Research Advisor at the US Agency for International Development


Neuropain, Migraines, Addiction


Rochester Institute of Technology, The University of Pennsylvania, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, The Rockefeller University


Whether it's stress-induced or migraine-related, the pain caused by headaches can rob us of our physical, mental, and social wellbeing. As a neuroscientist and as a person who has suffered from migraines, I understand the importance of providing answers to the questions that are crucial to protecting our livelihood.

— Collene Lawhorn


Collene Lawhorn, PhD, 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 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.


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