Laura Garcia

Laura Garcia
Laura Garcia
Research Assistant

B.S, Biochemistry, Trinity Washington University
lgarcia@friendsresearch.org
Phone: 410.837.3977 ext. 225
Fax: 410.752.4218
Research Interests

Ms. Garcia attended Trinity Washington University where she interned with DC PFLAG, Georgetown University, and the Lombardi Comprehensive Research Center before earning her B.S. in Biochemistry in 2018. Before joining FRI, Ms. Garcia worked for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland where she assisted in a smoking cessation clinical trial involving the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) on participants diagnosed with schizophrenia. She also assisted in two neuroimaging studies entitled “Mapping local and long-distance resting connectivity markers of TMS-related inhibition reduction in schizophrenia” and “Biomarkers and Mechanisms of Stress Pathophysiology in Early Schizophrenia.”

At FRI, Ms. Garcia is currently working on two studies. She is assisting Drs. Carswell and Gordon on their “Continuing Care App for Probationers and Parolees with Substance Use Disorders” study, as well as a NIDA-funded clinical trial led by Dr. Gryczynski, entitled “Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Linkage at STD Clinics using Buprenorphine,” which examines opioid use disorder treatment linkage strategies for people receiving services at sexual health clinics in Baltimore City.

Selected Publications
Hare SM, Du X, Adhikari BM, Chen S, Mo C, Summerfelt A, Kvarta MD, Garcia L, Kochunov P, Hong LE (2021). Mapping local and long-distance resting connectivity markers of TMS-related inhibition reduction in schizophrenia NeuroImage: Clinical , Volume 31, 2021, 102688, ISSN 2213-1582, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nicl.2021.102688 (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213158221001327).