Kathleen A Garrison, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Research Interests

Neurosciences; Smoking; Smoking Cessation; Stroke; Binge Drinking

Research Organizations


Research Summary

My primary research interests are to better understand the cognitive processes related to tobacco/nicotine addiction and to develop novel treatments for smoking cessation. My research involves clinical trials of treatments for smoking and neuroimaging studies of the related neurobiological mechanisms. My current work uses approaches in mobile health and neuroimaging. In mobile health, my work includes a randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of a smartphone app for mindfulness training for smoking cessation. The app is embedded with experience sampling, a method to query smokers’ behavior and experience in real-time to measure psychological mechanisms of change related to mindfulness, stress, and smoking. In neuroimaging, my background is in cognitive and clinical functional MRI. My current work uses fMRI to better understand the neural mechanisms of potential treatments for smoking such as mindfulness, and to test how the brain changes across treatments for smoking. My neuroimaging work also includes studies using real-time fMRI neurofeedback, resting-state functional connectivity, and graph theory. My research extends to tobacco regulatory science, and to the relationship between drinking and smoking.

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