Christa Helms

Ph.D. Graduate (2006)

Christa HelmsUndergraduate Education  

(2001) B.A. Psychology, Reed College

Training at OHSU

2001 - 2006 



(2006) Adaptation of choice behavior in concurrent chains schedules and the role of the basolateral amygdala. (Mentor: Suzanne Mitchell, Ph.D.)

Current Position

Staff Scientist, Oregon National Primate Research Center, Beaverton OR 

Postdoctoral Training

(2006-2011) Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Neuroscience, Oregon National Primate Research Center, Oregon Health & Science University


Areas of Research/Scholarly Interest

My research interests include the control of behavior by schedules of reinforcement, their interaction with the pharmacological effects of ethanol and activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.

Honors and Awards


  • (2013) Sixth Annual Talent Show at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, 3rd Place for presentation entitled, "What is the brain?"
  • (2012) Fifth Annual Talent Show at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, 2nd place for presentation about B.F. Skinner
  • (2006) OHSU Student Research Forum, Best Presentation Award
  • (2006) OHSU Academic and Student Service Award
  • (2005) OHSU Student Research Forum "Best Poster Presentation" Award


  • (2008) Young Scientist Award, ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology; San Diego, CA
  • (2008) Research Society on Alcoholism Junior Investigator Award
  • (2007) Young Investigator Award, Workshop on Steroid Hormones and Brain Function; Breckenridge, CO
  • (2005) American Psychological Association Dissertation Award


Complete list of Dr. Helms' published work at NCBI

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