Christine Muench, Ph.D. joined CGET in July 2015. She earned a B.S. in Psychology with major concentrations on neuroscience, clinical psychology, and developmental psychopathology at Bielefeld University in Germany and a Ph.D. in Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience at American University. Christine’s prior research employed human laboratory models to investigate placebo mechanisms, cognitive and affective factors involved in smoking lapse to relapse progression. She is interested in using pharmacogenetic, cognitive, and neuroimaging approaches to investigate comorbid tobacco and alcohol use, as well as the relationship between (epi-) genetic factors, negative affect, and alcohol use.