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Barbara Banz, PhD

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Contact Information

Barbara Banz, PhD

Mailing Address

  • 464 Congress Avenue

    New Haven, CT 06519

    United States

Appointments

Biography

Dr. Barbara C. Banz is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine where she serves as core faculty in the Yale Developmental Neurocognitive Driving Simulation Research Center (DrivSim Lab). She earned her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University. Dr. Banz completed a three-year T32 postdoctoral fellowship (NIAAA/NIDA) focused on addiction neuroscience in adolescents and young adults in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Banz’s graduate and early postdoctoral research was largely focused on using neurocognitive and neuropsychological testing, electrophysiology, and functional magnetic resonance imaging to build a neurocognitive profile of college-aged drinkers. In 2017, Dr. Banz joined the DEM and the Yale DrivSim Lab as a postdoctoral associate. As a cognitive neuroscientist with expertise in youth alcohol use, her ongoing research is aimed to develop a profile of how alcohol and drug use during youth use translates to neurocognitive functioning and real-world implications among young drivers. In the Yale DrivSim Lab, Dr. Banz designs and builds high-fidelity driving simulation studies in order bridge cognitive neuroscience with real-world application. Through her multidisciplinary and translational research program within the Yale DrivSim Lab, Dr. Banz works to transform her novel empirical work to real-world meaningful impact; understanding the brain to save the lives of teens and young adults to they can thrive in early adulthood and beyond.

Education & Training

  • NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine (2017)
  • NIAAA T32 Postdoctoral Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine (2015)
  • PhD
    Colorado State University, Department of Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience (2014)
  • MS
    Colorado State University, Department of Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience (2010)
  • BS
    Shippensburg University, Psychology (2008)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Outstanding Oral PresentationYale Postdoctoral Association2018
New Investigator AwardDepartment of Emergency Medicine2018
Junior Investigator AwardResearch Society on Alcoholism2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Graduate FellowshipColorado State University2008
Psychology Merit AwardShippensburg University2007, 2008
Shippensburg University Undergraduate Research GrantShippensburg University2007, 2008
Psi Chi National Honor SocietyPsi Chi National Honor Society2006, 2007, 2008

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
Association for the Advancement of Automotive MedicineScientific Planning Committee2020 - Present

Departments & Organizations