Featured Research


Dr. Charlotte Boettiger: Human Neuroimaging Techniques Guide Drug and Alcohol Treatments
In recent decades, the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging in behavioral research has led to rapid advances in our knowledge of the functional organization of the brain and how alterations in brain organization affect behavior. Dr. Boettiger’s laboratory is applying human neuroimaging techniques to the study of addictive behavior. These techniques represent a promising avenue for guiding future treatment strategies for drug and alcohol use disorders.

Dr. Margaret Sheridan: Deprivation and Threat Underlying Adversity
Early adversity profoundly affects child development, including brain development, physiological reactivity to stress, and long-term risk for mental illness. Most models of these effects focus on the number, rather than the character of adverse childhood experiences. Dr. Sheridan examines how deprivation and threat increase risk for psychopathology through separable neurobiological pathways by measuring executive function.

Dr. Peter Gordon: Rapid Responses Assess Reading Skills and Literacy Gains
Dr. Gordon aims to increase understanding of how the coordination of component processes contribute to individual differences in reading ability and cognitive function and why tasks that require rapid responses to a series of items have been valuable tools for assessing reading skill and future literacy gains. In collaboration with a colleague at USC, Dr. Gordon conducted the first-ever investigations of rapid naming using Real-Time Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Electrocmagnetic Articulography.