Dr. Richardson earned her PhD from the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota in the laboratory of Dr. Kenneth Hargreaves. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School under the direction of Dr. Kathy Buckley. In 2010, Dr. Richardson joined the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Indiana University School of Medicine as an Assistant Clinical Professor with a focus on the educational mission of the department. She oversees the pharmacology teaching to medical students, physician assistant students, anesthesiologist assistant students, and pharmacology graduate students. She has been highly involved in the curricular renewal for medical student education at IUSM. In 2016 she became the Assistant Dean for Medical Science Education, Foundational Sciences (Phase 1) and is currently the Vice Chair of Education for the Dept of Pharmacology and Toxicology.
Dr. Richardson continues to teach pharmacology to medical students, physician assistant students, anesthesiologist assistant students, and pharmacology graduate students. She is the local course director for the first year Neuroscience and Behavior course for medical students. She serves as the Pharmacology Curriculum Consultant for medical student education. Dr. Richardson also serves on numerous curricular committees and co-chairs the IUSM Academic Standards Committee.