Chela Wallin

Chela Wallin

Doctoral Student in Behavioral/Cognitive Neuroscience
Graduate Teaching Assistant

5057 Woodward Ave., 7th Fl., Detroit, MI 48202
Office no. 7701

Chela Wallin

Chela Wallin is an active third year doctoral student in the Behavioral Cognitive Neuroscience (BCN) Program at Wayne State University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Grand Valley State University and came to graduate school as a trained McNair Scholar. Her academic involvement demonstrates the commitment, passion, and integrity she brings to all of the research, teaching, and service initiatives she is engaged in throughout her academic career. In service to the department, she sits on the officer board for the Graduate Student Organization as the BCN student representative to function as a liaison between current graduate students and faculty. Her teaching experience has been the roles of a graduate teaching assistant for advanced scientific writing and instructs an independent course during the summer. Additionally, she trains and mentors both graduate and undergraduate students on lab skills, behavioral techniques, composing experimental designs, and scientific writing. Taken together, she integrates her particular interest in organizing, collaborating and leading others into her research and academic endeavors, and plans to continue doing so in the future. 

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  •  Behavioral Cognitive Neuroscience 


Chela’s preclinical research experiences have focused on the facets of biopsychology and neuroscience. Specific project favorites are niched in psychopharmacology and vary from studies regarding behavioral and neurochemical effects of drug abuse and have expanded to building and improving translational models for studying opiate addiction in pregnancy and increasing maternal care. Under the guidance of Drs. Scott Bowen and Susanne Brummelte, she is currently completing her Master’s Thesis investigating the effects of gestational opioid exposure on offspring and effects on neonatal abstinence syndrome and offspring neurobehavioral development.


Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • B.S. in Psychology

Awards and Grants

  •  The Betty Neitzel Grant 

  •  The Rosen Award for Outstanding Teaching & Research 

Selected Publications

Wallin CM, Valdez GR (2015) Opioid Receptor Antagonist Neltrexone Regulation of Stress Enhanced Ethanol Self-Administration. GVSU McNair Scholar Journal 19.

Currently Teaching

  • Research Methods of Experimental Psychology

  •  Theories of Learning and Memory 

Incremental Coursework

  • Quantitative Methods in Psychology I
    Quantitative Methods in Psychology II
    Cognitive Neuroscience
    Methods & Models in Psychopharmacology
    Theories of Learning
    Essential Research Practices
    Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience
    Functional Neuroanatomy