Dr. Cahill is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles and a member of the Shirley and Stefan Hatos Center for Neuropharmacology. She received her B.Sc. in Chemistry from Mount Allison University in 1987 and completed graduate training (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) in the Department of Pharmacology from Dalhousie University in 1996 under the supervision of Dr. Jana Sawynok. Following her doctoral dissertation, she received a Medical Research Council fellowship and Merck Frost Award for her postdoctoral training under supervision of Drs. Andy Dray and Terence Coderre at the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal, Dr. Alain Beaudet at the Montreal Neurological Institute, and Dr. James Henry at McGill University. Her first academic appointment as a faculty member was in 2002 in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology at Queen’s University. Awards of note include a Canada Research Chair in Chronic Pain from 2003-2012, Premier’s Research Excellence Award, a Basmajian Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research, Hugill Award and an Excellence in Teaching award. Dr. Cahill is an opioid neuro-pharmacologist with extensive training and expertise the assessment of reward and pain behavior. The overarching goal of her research is to advance understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms of chronic pain and addiction. Her research is currently funded by NIH NIDA, Department of Defense and the Hatos foundation.
Dr. Cahill enjoys sailing, hikes through Topanga Canyon trails and the Santa Monica mountains, movies and playing board games with her family.