Barbara J. Weiland

Psychology and Neuroscience; Member of the Center for Neuroscience

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Campus Box 345
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0345

Email: barbara.weiland@colorado
Phone: 248-766-4806
FAX: 303-492-4009

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.

Selected Publications:

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, 42(2), 827-35.