2015 - PhD Neuroscience, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
2009 - BSc Physics and Mathematics, Linfield College
Dr McCollum is a neuroscientist with expertise in the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders. Her doctoral research investigated the neurochemistry and neuroanatomy of schizophrenia in human postmortem tissue, and the effects of antipsychotic medications on the brain in rats. Dr McCollum's work focused on the dopaminergic and glutamatergic systems, and ultrastructural analysis of synaptic connections in the striatum. She is experienced in histology, immunohistochemistry, western blotting, stereology, and light and electron microscopy.
Dr McCollum has authored several peer-reviewed papers, five as first author, in journals including Neuropsychopharmacology, Schizophrenia Bulletin, and the World Journal of Biological Psychiatry. She has presented her work at numerous international conferences, and has been an invited speaker for the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research meeting.
Editing and Reviewing Experience
Dr McCollum has five years of professional editing experience. She joined Edanz Group as an editor in 2015.
Dr McCollum is a published freelance science writer, including as a science journalist, writer for neuroscience blogs, and contracted writer for research press releases.