B.A., Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
M.S. and Ph.D., Psychobiology/Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Florida
Behavioral Pharmacology, Drugs of Abuse, Intravenous Drug Self-Administration, Adolescent Development, Science Education Research and Programming
Kyle Frantz was born and raised in central Pennsylvania, attended State College Area High School, and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. At Penn, she migrated quickly from architecture to psychology, fascinated by the fact that chemicals (drugs) can change human characteristics such as personality (behavior), and she has maintained interest in behavioral pharmacology ever since. As an undergraduate and post-graduate research technician, she worked with Drs. Harvey Grill and Alan Spector on neural circuits involved in feeding and taste. At the University of Florida for graduate school with Dr. Carol Van Hartesveldt, she focused on development of the dopamine system and its role in locomotor behavior. During a year abroad on a Fulbright Fellowship to study with Drs. Urban Ungerstedt and Billy O’Connor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, she used in vivo microdialysis to study neural communication in the mesocorticolimbic pathway. At The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California for a post-doctoral fellowship with Drs. George Koob and Larry Parsons, she established her current line of research on adolescent vulnerability to drugs of abuse, using the rat model of intravenous drug self-administration. Her research at Scripps was funded by an individual National Research Service Award. During her tenure in California, she also developed her strong interest in science education, teaching at the University of California, San Diego, and working with The Salk Institute BioBus. Joining the faculty in the Department of Biology at Georgia State University in 2002, and the Neuroscience Institute when it launched in 2009, Dr. Frantz has maintained two lines of scholarly activity: one in laboratory research on the developmental neurobiology of reward and reinforcement, and the second in science education administration and research. She is currently the Director of Science Education for the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience; she maintains federal and private funding for summer and academic year research programs for high school students, teachers, and undergraduates, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Winter Conference on Brain Research. For Georgia State University, Dr. Frantz is also the Senior Faculty Associate for Special Programs, working to enhance opportunities in Signature Experiences, Cooperative Education, and Interdisciplinary Programs.