Matthew D. McEchron, PhD
Dr. McEchron received his PhD in 1995 from the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami, FL, with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience. His postdoctoral training was conducted in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at the Northwestern University Medical School. By 2000, he had established an active NIH-funded laboratory at the Penn State College of Medicine, studying neural networks, learning and memory, hippocampal function and developmental iron nutrition. While at Penn State, Dr. McEchron taught numerous courses to medical and graduate students in various areas of neuroscience and cell biology. He also participated in various research teams with the Departments of Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. In 2008, Dr. McEchron moved his research laboratory to the University of Wyoming. While there, he served as the Director of WWAMI Medical Education, and during his tenure in this position, he simultaneously served as Regional Assistant Dean at the University of Washington School of Medicine. As part of the WWAMI team, he facilitated activities in medical student scholarly research and rural medical training. Dr. McEchron also directed and taught the Nervous System course for the first-year WWAMI medical students in Wyoming. Dr. McEchron’s strong interest in medical education and medical research led him to join to the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix in 2013.