Dr. Amy Bracken earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology at DePauw University in 2002 and completed her PhD in Dr. William McBride's lab in 2009, with a dissertation titled "Effects of Nicotine Exposure in Adolescent Rats on Acquisition of Alcohol Drinking and Response to Nicotine in Adulthood." From there, she moved into a postdoctoral position with Dr. Stephen Boehm in the Psychology Department at IUPUI, where she continued researching the neurobiological underpinnings of alcoholism and teaching a number of undergraduate Psychology courses. In 2011, she turned her focus to teaching in a small liberal arts college environment, taking a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana. She teaches courses including Physiological Psychology, Sensation and Perception, Psychology of Learning, and Research Methods. She and her husband live in Indianapolis.