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

The Dales Report
Shadd Dales is joined by career brain researchers and husband-wife team behind Tessellate, a project designed to advance development of mental health psychedelic therapeutics.
Repeated use of small quantities of the psychedelic substance psilocybin can improve mood and mental health, a new study suggests.
Mugglehead Magazine
Married couple now run state-of-the-art laboratory in Las Vegas dedicated to advancing psychedelic therapies
PR Newswire
Meet Dr. Rochelle and Dr. Dustin Hines, the husband and wife team trailblazing the future of mental health therapeutics from their lab located at The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). Both armed with PhD's (University of British Columbia) and extensive post- doctoral training (Tufts University School of Medicine) in neuroscience, Dustin and Rochelle have worked at the interface of academia and industry over their combined 40 plus year careers.

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

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Campus News | March 7, 2022

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