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Addiction Sciences Faculty

Colleen A. Hanlon, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
67 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425

PhD:  Duke University

Hanlon Lab website


Research/Clinical Interests:

The overall theme of Dr. Hanlon's scientific research has been to map neural circuit irregularities in substance dependent populations and then modulate these circuits using brain stimulation techniques or neurofeedback.   She is leading NIH-funded research directed at 1) longitudinal investigations of neural connectivity in cocaine and alcohol dependent individuals undergoing substance abuse treatment, and 2) developing patient-tailored brain stimulation protocols which may either enhance cognitive control or attenuate craving in treatment seeking individuals. Dr. Hanlon's trainees and collaborators are pioneering non-invasive neuromodulatory strategies for treating addiction including continuous Theta Burst Stimulation to the medial prefrontal cortex, and real-time fMRI biofeedback. Dr. Hanlon has also received independent funding to pursue research in PTSD, Tourette Syndrome, and Stroke rehabilitation.  She is dedicated to mentoring graduate students, medical students, medical residents, and other faculty members seeking training in neuroimaging and brain stimulation. 

Keywords:  neuroimaging, brain stimulation, addiction treatment, cocaine, alcohol

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