Keith Trujillo

California State University San Marcos

Emeritus Professor

Diversity Inclusion Drug Reward Pain Pleasure Plasticity Opioids Ketamine NMDA Receptors Behavior Stimulants

Dr. Keith Trujillo is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). He is a psychopharmacologist and behavioral neuroscientist with research interests in the neurobiology of emotion and the effects of drugs on the brain and behavior. He received his bachelors degree from California State University, Chico, his PhD from University of California, Irvine, and did postdoctoral work at the University of Michigan before launching his faculty career at CSUSM. Dr. Trujillo is a national leader at increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the sciences. Among the programs he has led at CSUSM include URISE (Undergraduate Research Initiative for Student Enhancement), MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) and RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement), each funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation), funded by the National Science Foundation and the California State University System. He has also been a leader in national programs working to increase diversity in science at the Society for Neuroscience, the Marine Biological Laboratory, the National Hispanic Science Network and others. Among the awards he has received for his work include the President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity from CSUSM; the National Award for Research from the National Hispanic Science Network; the National Award of Excellence in Mentorship from the National Hispanic Science Network; the Award for Education in Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience; and the Wang Family Excellence Outstanding Faculty Award from the California State University System. In 2017 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Trujillo is passionate about helping individuals achieve success in science careers, especially those from groups that have been traditionally excluded from these pursuits.


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