Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
115 Mill St
Belmont MA 02478
2012 - 2017
NIDA K01 Early Onset Cigarette Smoking Effects on Brain Structure, Function and Chemistry
2012 - 2014
Early Onset Cigarette Smoking Effects on Brain Chemistry and Response Inhibition
I currently apply multi-modal neuroimaging approaches to study the effects of early onset cigarette smoking on electrophysiology, structural morphology and neurochemistry, and the relationship of potential alterations to cognitive deficits in nicotine-dependent adults. Empirical evidence from these studies may be used to predict if treatment approaches could be differentially implemented in early vs late onset smokers in order to improve smoking cessation outcomes.
My multidisciplinary approach to studying human behavior and alterations to brain architecture using advanced imaging techniques has resulted in numerous collaborations focused on cortical thickness in emerging adult binge drinkers and marijuana users, zolpidem-induced changes in healthy volunteers, changes in neurometabolite levels in smokers and marijuana users, altered hippocampal and thalamic volume in marijuana users, EEG measures of cue reactivity, and emotional reactivity in schizophrenic patients.
Collectively, my research program aims to elucidate molecular, electrophysiological and structural alterations in neural circuitry related to chronic drug use that destabilize brain function and consequently interfere with cognitive efficiency.
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Jul 1, 2012 - Jun 30, 2017
Early Onset Cigarette smoking effects on brain structure, function and chemistry
Role: Principal Investigator
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