Gina Marie Fernandez

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Gina Marie Fernandez


My fascination with the brain and it's pivotal role in behavior began at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where I completed my undergraduate psychology degree. During graduate school at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, I used animal models to explore the effects of adolescent nicotine exposure on addiction related behaviors later in adulthood. This work led to a postdoctoral research position at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York, where I studied the effects of adolescent binge alcohol exposure on cognitive flexibility. My current research interests focus on the combined effects of nicotine and alcohol exposure on the developing brain. Utilizing animal models of learning and memory, I examine the combined, long- term effects of these drugs during adolescence. When I’m not spending time in my rat lab, you can find me on a relaxing beach or spending time with friends and family.

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neurobiology of Addiction
  • Animal Models of Learning & Memory

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • Biological Psychology


  • B.S. in Psychology at College of William and Mary, 2008
  • M.A. in Psychology at George Mason University, 2011
  • Ph.D. in Psychology at George Mason University, 2014