Our understanding of the causes and treatments of substance use disorders is enriched by examining the neural processes that maintain substance use and that underlie behavior change. Arguably, more is known about the neuroscience of addiction than of any other psychiatric disorder. However, this knowledge has yet to produce significant advances in treatments. A number of our faculty are engaged in cutting-edge translational research that integrates basic neuroscience conceptual and methodological frameworks with clinical approaches. Their goal is to apply what we know about the brain basis of addiction in order to develop novel, more effective treatments for substance use disorders. All of the neuroscience research within the Division involves human participants.

Faculty conducting neuroscience research: