Lara Ray, PhD, earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2007. During her training she specialized in the biological bases of behavior, including behavioral genetics and neuroscience of addiction. Dr. Ray completed her predoctoral internship at Brown University Medical School, where she also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Addiction Psychology at the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. In 2008, Dr. Ray joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where she is now a full professor. Dr. Ray has been actively engaged in research, teaching, and practice of psychology with a focus on addiction. She provides direct services to patients in her private practice and she leads a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic for Addiction within the UCLA Psychology Clinic. Dr. Ray has over 200 peer-reviewed publications, mostly on the topic of addiction etiology and treatment. Dr. Ray has been widely recognized for her scientific contributions to the field, notably receiving the prestigious Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2017. Dr. Ray lectures nationally and internationally on the topic clinical research in addiction.