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

K.N.P.R. News
Could magic mushrooms and ecstasy be coming to a psychiatrist’s office near you? They will if state lawmakers approve a bill to allow researchers to use psilocybin and MDMA to aid in therapy.
Las Vegas Review Journal
North Las Vegas veteran Gerald Mayes says psilocybin — hallucinogenic fungi also known as “magic mushrooms” — helped him with his post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism.
Desert Companion
Nevada ranks 51st in access to mental healthcare in the U.S. Despite this grim statistic, Rochelle Hines, who holds a PhD in neuroscience — as does her partner Dustin Hines — sees promise in the state’s burgeoning institutions, such as the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Clark County Children’s Mental Health Consortium, and UNLV. “It’s just figuring out how we can better support these institutions and connect them even more with our communities… and also remove barriers to access,” Rochelle says. “If a patient really wants to try an innovative therapy, you have to look at the barriers that might be preventing them from being able to access that.”
Psychedelics Today
In this episode, Joe interviews the Co-Founders of Tesselate Therapeutics: Dr. Rochelle Hines, Ph.D. (also the CEO and an Associate Professor at UNLV), and Dr. Dustin Hines, Ph.D. (the CSO as well as an Assistant Professor at UNLV).

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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