Dr. Lynn Fairbanks has been director of the Center for Primate Neuroethology and director of the Vervet Research Colony since 2000. She is a member of the board of directors and chair of the research committee for the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development and serves as a statistical consultant for the UCLA Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.
Dr. Fairbanks received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Washington in 1974, with a specialty in animal behavior. She came to UCLA as a research psychologist in 1975, and joined the faculty as a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in 2000. Nationally she has served on the editorial board of several prestigious journals in animal behavior (Animal Behaviour, Behaviour, American Journal of Primatology), and as reviewer for NIH, NSF, Leakey Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation and for numerous journals in the field of biobehavioral development.
As director of the vervet research colony, Dr. Fairbanks has initiated a program of research to develop the vervet monkey and the Vervet Research Colony (VRC) pedigree as a resource for biobehavioral and biomedical research. The vervets at the VRC are housed in large multigenerational matrilineal social groups that allow the development of individual differences in biobehavioral traits within the context of normal social development. In her current research, Dr. Fairbanks is combining her long-term interest in the development of individual differences with the newly constructed genetics resources of the VRC to identify genetic, maternal and neurobiological contributions to variation in traits related to vulnerability for psychopathology. Toward this aim, Dr. Fairbanks has established collaborations with colleagues in cognition, neurochemistry, neuroanatomy, pharmacology and genetics, and has developed standardized behavioral methods to characterize individual differences in large numbers of socially living monkeys. The long-term goal of this research program is to provide new insights into developmental and genetic contributions to traits such as impulsivity, anxiety, sociability and aggressiveness that influence the quality of life and create risk for psychopathology in people.
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