Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

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Samantha King, PhD
Research and Policy Analyst


Samantha’s areas of study include behavioural neuroscience, mechanisms of action of drugs within the brain and the neuroscience of disordered eating and addiction.


Samantha King’s primary area of interest is the relationship between the brain and behaviour. Her previous work on how the brain processes reward and facilitates addiction to various substances and her desire to continue to learn how the brain affects addiction were contributing factors in her decision to join CCSA in January 2019. She hopes her work at CCSA will have a positive influence on policies and practices aimed at reducing stigma and improving the quality of life of individuals affected by addiction.  

Samantha also currently teaches at Carleton University in the department of neuroscience. Before she joined CCSA, Samantha was a research and program evaluation officer at Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services.

Samantha has a bachelor of science in psychology from the University of Toronto. She also holds degrees from Carleton University, a PhD in neuroscience and an MSc in psychology with a specialization in neuroscience.  

Samantha is an avid concertgoer and music buff, and every phase of her life has a different soundtrack.

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