Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Full Time Faculty
Karen Hartwell, M.D.
Addiction Sciences Division
My research career has focused on understanding the underlying neurobiology and improving treatment outcomes of addictive disorders with an emphasis on nicotine dependence. I have extensive clinical experience as a general and addiction psychiatrist in the treatment of substance use disorders. I utilize fMRI to investigate cue reactivity in nicotine dependent smokers. I have been involved in multiple clinical trials, ranging from Phase 2 to Phase 4, investigating a variety of pharmacotherapeutic agents for the treatment of substance use disorders and have served as a co-investigator of several laboratory studies exploring the effects of stress on cue-reactivity.
| Clinical and/or Research Expertise|
smoking cessation, neuroimaging of cue-elicited craving, gender differences in substance use disorders, prescription opioid dependence