Intermountain Neuroimaging Consortium

The INC’s mission is to provide exceptional imaging services to researchers using MRI methods across the Rocky Mountain region and beyond. In partnership with our sister site at the Mind Research Network, we strive to create a scientific community that fosters new and existing collaborations, promotes knowledge of cutting-edge research techniques, and evolves to meet the changing needs of our clients.

About Us

The Intermountain Neuroimaging Consortium (INC) is a partnership between the University of Colorado Boulder and the Mind Research Network in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The INC brings together internationally recognized neuroscientists from the Rocky Mountain region who study complex psychological processes such as addiction, pain, emotion, attention, sleep, and learning and memory, as well as physicists and engineers who study and develop innovative MRI methods and analysis techniques. Our clients include more than 75 researchers, staff and students spanning seven institutions across the region. Our unique research environment promotes unprecedented collaboration and knowledge sharing among area scientists, and offers an opportunity for other scientists in the region to enhance their existing research by making use of the INC’s shared expertise and cutting-edge neuroimaging resources.

The centerpiece of the INC is a Siemens Tim Trio 3 Tesla system equipped with 12- and 32-channel head coils for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). INC researchers use different types of images to explore the brain, including: functional MRI (fMRI) to measure brain activity related to various behaviors; diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to understand the connectivity and architecture within the brain; and structural imaging to determine the locations and sizes of brain structures. INC researchers investigate brain activity and structure in healthy and clinical populations across all ages, from young children to older adults.

At the INC we believe a highly collaborative research community benefits all of our clients. To that end we provide research support through weekly group meetings, e-mail list servs, a web site, videoconferences with our sister site at the Mind Research Network, and extensive wiki pages that archive shared information such as text for grant applications and experimental protocols. These resources assist our researchers in staying up-to-date on analysis techniques and imaging methods, providing feedback on effective study designs, and integrating new technologies into existing research programs. Although our clients are located across the region, we strive to build a community that transcends geographical boundaries.

Principal Investigators

Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO)

Anne Cleary, Ph.D.
Brad Conner, Ph.D.
Carol Seger, Ph.D.

Mind Research Network (Albuquerque, NM)

Vince Calhoun, Ph.D.
Jessica Turner, Ph.D.

National Institute for Standards and Technology (Boulder, CO)

Katy Keenan, Ph.D.
Stephen Russek, Ph.D.

University of Colorado Boulder (Boulder, CO)

Jessica Andrews-Hanna, Ph.D.
Joanna Arch, Ph.D.
Marie Banich, Ph.D.
Angela Bryan, Ph.D.
Tim Curran, Ph.D.
Sona Dimidjian, Ph.D.
Naomi Friedman, Ph.D.
Kent Hutchison, Ph.D.
Tiffany Ito, Ph.D.
Al Kim, Ph.D.
Monique LeBourgeois, Ph.D.
Vijay Mittal, Ph.D.
Yuko Munakata, Ph.D.
Randy O’Reilly, Ph.D.
Tor Wager, Ph.D.
Tal Yarkoni, Ph.D.

University of Colorado Denver (Denver, CO)

Ron Tzur, Ph.D.

University of Denver (Denver, CO)

Pilyoung Kim, Ph.D.
Kateri McRae, Ph.D.
Jeremy Reynolds, Ph.D.


Michael Boss, Ph.D.
Luke Chang, Ph.D.
Brenden DePue, Ph.D.
Detre Godinez, Ph.D.
Tren Huang, Ph.D.
Marieke Jepma, Ph.D.
Trenton Kriete, Ph.D.
Anjali Krishnan, Ph.D.
Salome Kurth, Ph.D
Marina Lopez-Sola, Ph.D
Elizabeth Losin, Ph.D.
Joseph Orr, Ph.D.
Melanie Stollstorff, Ph.D.
Karl Stupic, Ph.D.

Graduate Students

Lisa Ankeny
Yoni Ashar
Chelsie Benca
Angela Brant
Kurt Braunlich
Ashley Cline
Ana Draghici
Hollis Karoly
Kai Krueger
Jessica Mollick
James Muller
Andrew Reineberg
Scott Schafer
Courtney Stevens
Rachel Thayer
Alejandro de la Vega
Choong-Wan Woong

Professional Research Associates

Tiffany Callahan
Corinne Gunn
Tina Gupta
Shelby Imes
Kayla Knopp
Amy Ledbetter
Lauren Pierpoint
Luka Ruzic
Jeny Sills
Harry Smolker
Rebekah Tribble
Amy Turner
Hillary Wehe


Marie Banich, Ph.D. (Executive Director)
Kevin McManus, RT(R)(MR) (Chief MRI Technician)
Kathy Pearson (Programmer)
Caroline Phenicie (MRI Technician)
Jamey Smyser (MRI Technician)
Nicole Speer, Ph.D. (Operations Director)
Teryn Wilkes (MRI Technician)

Upcoming Talks and Events

MRI Users Group meetings for Fall 2013 will be held on Thursdays from 11:00am-12:00pm in Muenzinger room D428. Attendees who are not able to attend the meetings in person will be able to join the meetings remotely using Google Hangouts.

August 28 - Development of a novel stop-signal alcohol-cue task
Hollis Karoly (University of Colorado Boulder)

September 5 - Overview of COINS (tutorial) 
Margaret King (Mind Research Network)

September 19 - Information accumulation 
Kurt Braunlich (Colorado State University)

October 3 - DTI-based connectivity parcellation of the frontal pole 
Joe Orr (University of Colorado Boulder)

October 10 -  Psycho-physiological interactions: Current procedures and potential pitfalls
Jeremy Reynolds (University of Denver)

October 17 -  TBD

October 24 - TBA 
Scott Mackie (University of Colorado Boulder)

October 31 - TBA   
Vijay Mittal & Joe Orr (University of Colorado Boulder), & Jessica Bernard (University of Colorado Denver)

November 7 - TBA 
Jessica Mollick (University of Colorado Boulder)

November 14 - TBA   
Anjali Krishnan (University of Colorado Boulder)

November 21 - TBA 
Elizabeth Losin (University of Colorado Boulder)

November 28 - HOLIDAY

December 5 - Evaluating individual differences in the relationship between gray matter volume, white matter tract integrity, and executive function performance   
Harry Smolker 
(University of Colorado Boulder)

December 12 - Setting up and implementing a drug study in the scanner
Luke Chang & Tor Wager (University of COlorado Boulder)

Would you like to participate in a MRI study?

We are always recruiting paid volunteers to participate in MRI studies. The best way to find out when study participation opportunities become available is to sign up for the Participant Contact List. This e-mail listserv will alert you via e-mail when participation opportunities are available.

Please ensure you meet the following basic criteria before signing up for the Participant Contact List. Anyone who does not meet these basic criteria may not be safe in our MRI environment.

Basic Criteria for MRI Study Participation

  • You do not have any unremovable metallic objects or metallic fragments in or on your body
  • You are not pregnant
  • You weigh less than 250 lbs
  • You are not claustrophobic

You may sign up for the Participant Contact List by clicking here

You can find a partial list of current study participation opportunities in the space below. Please check back often as new study opportunities arise every few weeks. 

Thank you for your interest in our research!

Current MRI Study Participation Opportunities

Brain Exercise and Alcohol Response Study

Reason for this Study: The goal of this study is to compare changes in the brain that happen when people engage in various levels of physical activity. The researchers also want to learn whether drinking alcohol affects these changes to the brain.

What you will do: This study involves coming in to meet with our research staff a total of 2 times, and completing 5 brief phone interviews. The first meeting is at the Center for Innovation and Creativity (CINC) at Arapahoe and 33rd Street. This session will include a scan of your brain with an MRI machine while you do some tasks that are like video games. Once per month after the initial scan, a researcher will call you and you will be asked to answer several questions. After approximately 6 months, you will come back to the CINC for a second brain scan just like the first one. In total, if you complete all aspects of the study, you may receive up to $200 at the end of the study.

Who can be in the study: You must be between the ages of 21-45 and a regular alcohol consumer. Additionally, you must plan on remaining in the Boulder-Denver area for at least the next 6 months to participate in this study. You cannot have any metal in your body that you cannot take out. Both men and women can be in the study. 

Please call us if you would like to be in the study at  (303)-492-9147 or e-mail us at (please leave your name and a phone number).

fMRI Neuroimaging Study of Adolescent Development

If you are between the ages of 14-17 or the parent of a child in this age range, you/your child may be eligible to participate in paid fMRI study in Boulder evaluating the brain development in adolescents.

Participants will spend 1 hour in the fMRI scanner performing tasks while the scanner records brain activity, and then spend 30 minutes to 1 hour completing questionnaires regarding the participant’s behaviors, emotions, and thoughts (parents will be asked to complete similar questionnaires regarding their child).

The whole process should take between 2 and 3 hours and participants will be paid $60 for their time and will also receive images of their brain to take home with them.

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Must be 14-17 years old and accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Must be right handed
  • Must not have any preexisting neurological disorder
  • Must not have any non-removable metal on or in their body (retainers are OK, but braces are not)
  • Must not be claustrophobic
  • Must be able to stay still for 1-hour during scanning

If you are interested in participating and meet these criteria or are the parent/guardian of someone who meets these criteria, please email Harry Smolker with “CU AdolEF” in the subject line at

Wanted: Female CU undergraduate majors in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for a psychology study, 18-22 years old, with no neurological impairment, and no current or past major psychiatric disorder.  Paid at $20/hour!  To find out if you are eligible, please email

ADAPT is a place for young people worried about recent changes in their thoughts, perceptions, and feelings.

Eligible participants are ages 12 to 21 and have experienced one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Unusual thoughts
  • Suspiciousness or paranoia
  • A sense of having special powers or unrealistic plans for the future
  • Unsual experiences with seeing or hearing things that are not there.

All assessments are provided at no cost. An initial screening will compensate participants $25.00 for a 2-hour interview, and $10.00 for a 30-minute interview with a family member/significant other (over 18). Then, if ADAPT is found to be a good fit for you, you will be invited to participate in a compensated 2-year longitudinal study. Professional recommendations and referrals for treatment will be provided.

For more information please call 303.492.4616 or visit our website: If you are younger than 18, please have your parent/guardian call.

Contact Us

Nicole Speer, Ph.D.
Director of Operations

Kevin McManus RT(R)(MR)

Chief MRI Technician

Marie Banich, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Intermountain Neuroimaging Consortium

Center for Innovation and Creativity

1777 Exposition Drive
Boulder, CO 80301

Click here for directions to our center.