Rochelle Hines

Associate 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

Las Vegas Review Journal
While most psychedelic drugs remain illegal, that could change as their health benefits become more widely known both in the United States and Nevada, where further psychedelic-assisted therapy could be on the horizon.
The Nevada Independent
John Dalton, a retired Navy SEAL, lost nine of his fellow SEALs in the last year — all to suicide or alcoholism induced by PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. 
An estimated 11% of adults in the US said in a 2021 survey they had taken psilocybin or mushrooms. But not everyone makes "magic mushrooms" a family affair.
Neuroscientists explain how developing brains may be vulnerable to psilocybin's negative effects.

Articles Featuring Rochelle Hines

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Campus News | August 3, 2022

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Campus News | May 2, 2022

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People | March 31, 2022

Neuroscience Ph.D. student April Contreras is set to share her research on psychedelics and psychiatry at this year’s Inspiration, Innovation, Impact event

a teacher and student in a classroom
Campus News | March 7, 2022

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