Dr. Rainey graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. in Biochemistry from Spelman College before completing her doctoral studies at Duke University.  Dr. Rainey’s doctoral dissertation examined the neuroscience underlying the relationship between interoception, motivation, and memory.  In addition to a Ph.D. in Psychology, Dr. Rainey also holds a Certificate in College Teaching from Duke University.

Dr. Rainey has experience teaching adults, traditional-aged college students, and high school students.  She currently teaches College Success, Psychology, and Neuroscience courses at Durham Technical Community College and Duke University.  She also has experience in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education through her work at UNCF and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

In her spare time, Dr. Rainey enjoys volunteering with organizations aiming to increase access to educational opportunity.  She has previously volunteered with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the Washington English Center, and Step Up.  She has also mentored several high school and undergraduate students in scientific research.

To unwind, Dr. Rainey enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and dog.