Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Lippard is Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychiatry at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Lippard graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Microbiology, B.A. in Chemistry, and minor in Genetics in 2003. She obtained her Ph.D. in Neurobiology in 2012 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the Dell Medical School team, she completed two postdoctoral fellowships in Psychiatry and Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at Yale University.
Her lab focuses on brain-behavior relationships during adolescence and young adulthood, specifically as they relate to the development of affective disorders and alcohol/substance use disorders. Current longitudinal studies are using clinical/behavioral phenotyping, structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging, and genetic techniques, to investigate the onset and early disease progression in bipolar disorder and alcohol and cannabis use disorders and the interactions between these conditions. The lab focuses on individual differences, including directly investigating sensitivity to alcohol and stress with alcohol and stress challenge laboratory sessions, and interactions with early life stress, to better understand the role(s) of these factors on clinical outcomes to inform early interventions.