Dr. Randall earned her B.A. in Psychology from Kent State University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University in the area of psychobiology. Dr. Randall was the founding director of MUSC’s Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs where she brought to fruition her long time vision of interdigitating basic science research, clinical research, and clinical care for those suffering from the effects of dependency on alcohol and other drugs of abuse. She is the Director of the Charleston Alcohol Research Center (ARC), one of fifteen Centers supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), with a focus on alcohol treatment, especially pharmacotherapy and treatment of co-occurring psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Randall is internationally recognized for her longstanding work on the prenatal effects of alcohol and fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). More recently, she has redirected her research efforts to the clinical arena, especially in the areas of the comorbidity of alcoholism and social phobia and gender differences in both substance abuse and social phobia. She has over 150 research publications and book chapters.
Dr. Randall has won many prestigious awards throughout her academic career including the Henry Rosett Award for her contributions to fetal alcohol syndrome research, the Research Society on Alcoholism’s Distinguished Research Award, and the Mark Keller Award bestowed by the NIAAA for significant and long-term contributions to the field of alcohol abuse and alcoholism research.