Rochelle Hines

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Expertise: Neurodevelopmental disorders, Autism spectrum disorders, Schizophrenia, Epilepsy, Pharmacology, Molecular genetics, Biochemistry


Rochelle Hines is an assistant professor of neuroscience in UNLV's psychology department. Her research focuses on improving understanding of neurodevelopmental disorders and promoting novel therapeutic strategies.

For example, Hines' research has examined normal and abnormal brain function in conditions such as autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, and developmental epilepsies. She is particularly interested in understanding how various processes during brain development impact signaling and circuitry between cells, as well as behavior. She is a co-director of the Hines Group Comprehensive Neuroscience Lab, which recently delved into the possible medical benefits of psychedelics and other psychoactive compounds.

In addition to research and teaching, Hines mentors and oversees research by high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students. In 2021, her lab received funding from the National Institutes of Health for an initiative to improve collaborative biomedical research efforts in the American West, as well as from the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to further research in that field.



  • CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of British Columbia

Rochelle Hines In The News

June 28, 2021
For thousands of years, humans have used psychedelics for religious and therapeutic purposes. And yet, mainstream medicine has been skeptical of—if not downright hostile to—this class of drugs.
March 11, 2021
Psychedelic healing may sound like a fad from the Woodstock era, but it's a field of study that's gaining traction in the medical community as an effective treatment option for a growing number of mental health conditions.
August 18, 2018
New research suggests how to turn off out-of-control signaling in the brain.
August 13, 2018
The brain is a precision instrument. Its function depends on finely calibrated electrical activity triggering the release of chemical messages between neurons.

Articles Featuring Rochelle Hines

Rochelle and Dustin Hines standing in white lab coats
Research | March 8, 2021
UNLV neuroscientists Dustin and Rochelle Hines join rising number of researchers studying possible medical benefits of psychedelics; their work on brain activity recently published by Nature: Scientific Reports.
brain circuitry outlined in blue lights
Research | August 9, 2018
UNLV, Tufts University, and international research team offers new clues about which key proteins in the brain play a role in controlling epilepsy, anxiety, and other disorders.
Kayla Bland, a participant in UNLV's Journey program examining a microscope slide.
Business and Community | July 31, 2017
UNLV is a host site for the federally-funded Journey program, which puts Native American and other minority high school students interested in health research into college labs.
Dustin and Rochelle Hines
Research | June 8, 2017
Husband-and-wife team Dustin and Rochelle Hines research brain cells in their quest for solutions to degenerative diseases and developmental disorders.