Associate Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging; Director of real-time fMRI
Our lab does functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies of neuropsychiatric populations, as well fMRI studies of healthy control subjects. A major focus at present in our lab is the use of real-time fMRI neurofeedback to treat and study mental illness. We use this form of neurofeedback to train people to control a specific aspect of their brain function. For example, we are beginning a new study training adolescents with Tourette syndrome (or chronic tic disorder) to control activity in their supplementary motor area to see if better control over neural activity in this region can result in improved control over tic symptoms.
We are also involved in developing neurofeedback interventions for post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Typically, one of our studies will involve two or three sessions of fMRI neurofeedback and two or three additional fMRI sessions that are used to monitor changes in brain activity patterns. The primary aim of this work is to develop neurofeedback as an intervention for improving neuropsychiatric symptoms. In addition, our neurofeedback studies examine how changes in brain function over the course of neurofeedback training relate to symptom improvements, which can provide insights into the neurobiological substrates giving rise to symptoms.
The Hampson Lab is led by Michelle Hampson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Psychiatry, Biomedical Engineering, and the Child Study Center.
Most of our studies involve MRI scans. We are beginning a new neurofeedback study for adolescents with Tourette Syndrome ages 10-16.
IRB Study Title
Neurofeedback from the supplementary motor area for Tourette Syndrome (HIC #0206017435)
Clinical Research Coordinator
Collaborating Yale Faculty
Associate Professor in the Child Study Center; Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Pediatric Depression Clinic, Child Study Center; Co-Director of the T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Childhood Neuropsychiatric Disorders, Child Study Center; Associate Director, Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training Program, Child Study Center; Co-Director of the Tic and OCD Program, Child Study Center
Emily Fraser Beede Professor of Child Psychiatry; Director, Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program, Child Study Center; Director, Yale Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic
Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology and Professor of Neuroscience
Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and of Neurosurgery; Director MRI Research
Associate Professor Child Study Center
Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Molecular Imaging Program, NCPTSD, VA; Director, Mood, Anxiety, and Cognitive Sciences Division
Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology; Director, PTSD Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment; Deputy Director, Evaluation Division at the National Center for PTSD
Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research and Professor of Psychiatry, of Neuroscience, and of Psychology; Co-Director, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation; Chair, Psychiatry; Chief of Psychiatry, Yale-New Haven Hospital; Director: NIAAA Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism; Director, Clinical Neuroscience Division, VA National Center for PTSD
Neison Harris Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Pediatrics; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health
Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center; Chair, Child Study Center
Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry; Deputy Chair for Translational Research, Psychiatry; Director, Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit, Psychiatry; Director, Yale Program for Psychedelic Science, Psychiatry; Director, Yale Center for Brain and Mind Health, Yale School of Medicine; Director, Yale OCD Research Clinic, Psychiatry; Director, Neuroscience Research Training Program, Yale Department of Psychiatry
Professor of Psychiatry, in the Child Study Center and of Neuroscience; Director, Center of Excellence in Gambling Research; Director, Yale Program for Research on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders; Director, Women and Addictive Disorders, Women's Health Research at Yale
Associate Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
Glenn H. Greenberg Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry
Professor in the Child Study Center