Dr. Weiland is Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado with a Ph.D. in biomedical physics. Previously, she was a Research Investigator in the Substance Abuse Section of the Department of Psychiatry and the Addiction Research Center at the University of Michigan where she completed her postdoctoral training in the functional neuroimaging of substance use disorders. Dr. Weiland is the recipient of a NIDA Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) and a 2012 Brain and Behavior Foundation NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, both focusing on the role of the dopaminergic reward system in substance abuse risk. Her research interests include developmental neuroimaging, network connectivity analyses, the interaction of liability and environment in risk, and the effect of substance use on the brain. Her work to date suggests that a preexisting neurobiological vulnerability for substance abuse may result from competition and interaction of brain networks, rather than single brain structures, which influence risk or resiliency. Dr. Weiland’s future focus will include determining how this knowledge can be translated clinically, with plans for neuroimaging studies of in-treatment populations to further understanding of mechanisms of change.
Weiland BJ, Yau WY, Welsh RC, Zucker R, Zubieta JK, Heitzeg M. Accumbens functional
connectivity during reward mediates sensation-seeking and substance use in high-risk youth,
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, (In Press).
Weiland BJ, Nigg, JT, Welsh RC, Yau WY, Zubieta JK, Zucker R, Heitzeg M. (2012) Resiliency
in adolescents at high risk for substance abuse: flexible adaptation via subthalamic nucleus
and linkage to drinking and drug use in early adulthood. Alcoholism: Clinical and
Experimental Research, DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2012.01741.x.
Yau, WY, Zubieta JK, Weiland BJ, Samudra P, Zucker RA, and Heitzeg MM. (2012) Nucleus
Accumbens Response to Incentive Stimuli Anticipation in Children of Alcoholics: Relationships
with Precursive Behavioral Behavioral Risk and Lifetime Alcohol Use, Journal of
Neuroscience, 32(7): 2544-51.
Weiland BJ, Boutros N, Moran J, Tepley N, Bowyer SM. (2008) Evidence for a frontal cortex
role in both auditory and somatosensory habituation: A MEG study, NeuroImage,