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Li, Anna

Li, Anna

Assistant Professor
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Brain and Behavior Institute

Dr. Xuan (Anna) Li received her Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago. Dr. Li then completed her postdoctoral training at National Institute on Drug Abuse in Baltimore. Dr. Li joined the department of Psychology at University of Maryland College Park in January 2018. Her lab focuses on examining neural mechanisms of drug addiction.

The Li Lab is accepting graduate students starting Fall 2019.


  • PhD Neuroscience, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • BS Pharmaceutical Science, Ocean University of China


How Repairing a Key Brain Circuit Could Help Avert Drug Relapse

$1.9M NIH Award to Fund UMD Psychologists’ Study of the Neurobiology of Decision-Making

The Power of Peers

Next Phase of $3.5M Project to Study Peers’ Impact on Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder

MPower Announces Seed Grant Awards in Neuroscience and Aging

The four awards are joined by projects that employ neuroscience-related tools and themes.

Drug Use and Altered Decision-Making Linked to Epigenetic Regulation

The BBI-funded research provides the first evidence that the enzyme HDAC5 contributes to impulsive and inflexible decision-making.

Frequent research collaborator Deanna Kelly named 'MPower Professor'

UMSOM Psychiatry professor has worked on mental health-related projects with Espy-Wilson, Ghodssi, Payne, among others.

How tech can fill gaps in mental health care

$1.2M in NSF funding supports researchers’ work to connect patients, clinicians more effectively.

A new way to monitor mental health conditions

With machine learning, Carol Espy-Wilson is developing a phone app that can measure depression symptoms using speech and video cues.

Five UMCP-UMB Collaborations Awarded MPower BHHP Grants

The bi-campus projects will address the brain in health and disease, nervous system injury.

Clark School faculty 'AIM-HI' to address major health challenges

The new UMB-UMCP program has announced its first grants for projects combining AI and medicine.

Brain and Behavior Initiative Hosts 3rd Annual Seed Grant Symposium

Researchers from across UMD convene to discuss the latest projects funded by BBI

NIH announces HEAL Initiative Grants for UMD faculty

The projects are part of NIH’s larger push to reverse the opioid crisis in the U.S.

Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI) hosts Second Annual Seed Grant Symposium

The University’s Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI) hosted its Second Annual Seed Grant Symposium on November 14, 2018 at Adele’s in the Stamp Student Union.

BBI FY18 Seed Grant Winners Announced

Seven projects selected for funding.

UMD Researchers Make Strides in Schizophrenia Diagnosis Research

Blood test could help doctors more quickly diagnose schizophrenia and other disorders.

Hadar Ben-Yoav accepts tenure-track position at Ben-Gurion University

Former ISR postdoc will join the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering.

Rochelle Newman's study concludes parents mixing languages has no impact on children's vocabulary development

Children whose parents mixed their languages more often didn’t show any poorer vocabulary skills.

Elizabeth Quinlan turns back the clock to treat brain trauma, disorders

The brain’s ability to make new neural connections can be restored in mice by blocking a protein that normally acts as a natural brake on neuroplasticity.

NY Times asks Carl Lejuez why smokers still smoke

Carl Lejuez, Ph.D., Director for the Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotions Research (CAPER) in the Department of Psychology, was recently featured in the New York Times' piece 'Why Smokers Still Smoke'. Dr. Lejuez's research has explored multiple factors involved in addictions, including risk tolerances and decision making processes.