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Kristina Uban, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Research Fellow


Under Graduate School: Arizona State University, Psychology
Graduate School: CU Denver, Clinical Psychology MA, University of British Columbia, Behavioral Neuroscience PhD
Position Title: PhD, Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Honors: Member of FASD Communities; 2013 recipient of the “Best Dissertation of the Year” by International Society of Developmental Psychobiology; 2011 recipient of the “Student Merit Award” from FASD Study Group. Scientific Reviewer for journals: Neuroscience, Neuropsychopharmacology, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Biological Psychiatry, & Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Contact Information

Email: kuban@chla.usc.edu
Phone Number: (323) 361-7654
Mailing Address: 4650 Sunset Blvd. #130 Los Angeles, CA 90027

Dr. Uban’s publications can be found on Google Scholar or PubMed by searching: Uban KA. Feel free to email kuban@chla.usc.edu to obtain a copy of article summaries.
After work, you can find me hiking in the Los Angeles Hills with my dog or laughing at my husband at a comedy show. On the weekends, you can find me surfing in Malibu and Long Beach, or out enjoying the amazing live performing arts culture of LA.

Projects of interest:

1. Investigating brain networks following prenatal alcohol exposure (F32; CIFASD)
3. Sensorimotor Integration, FASD, and brain connectivity


  • Uban K. A., Comeau W. L., Ellis L. A., Galea, L. A. M. & Weinberg, J. (submitted).  Stress-induced plasticity of neuroendocrine and dopamine systems is altered differentially by prenatal alcohol exposure in males and females.
  • Uban K. A., Yu, W., Weinberg J., & Galea L.A.M. (in prep).  Prenatal alcohol exposure accelerates sensitization to amphetamine, and alters cross-sensitization with stress in females and males.
  • Uban K. A., Kitay N., Ellis, L. A., Galea, L. A. M. & Weinberg, J. (in prep). Prenatal alcohol exposure alters drug-induced brain activation differentially in males and females.
  • Uban K. A., Bodnar T., Butts K., Sliwowska J.H., Comeau W.E. & Weinberg J. (2010).  Direct and indirect mechanisms of alcohol teratogenesis: Implications for understanding alterations in brain and behaviour in FASD. In: Riley, E.P., Clarren, S., Weinberg, J. & Johnson, E. (Eds). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.   A Health Policy Perspective. Weinheim, Germany, Wiley-VCH Verlag Gmbh & Co KGaA.
  • Comeau W.E., Bodnar T., Uban K.A., Lam V., Stepien K. & Weinberg J. (2011).  Methodological considerations for animal models of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.  In: Humana Press Neuromethods Text: Animal Models of Developmental Disability.
  • Comeau W.E., Uban K.A., Bodnar T., Lam V., Stepien K. & Weinberg J. (in prep for review article).  Animal models of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: a spectrum of behavioural, cognitive, neurobiological effects and beyond.