Rachel Thayer
Graduate Student in Clinical Psychology

Faculty Advisor: Kent Hutchison

Education

  • BS, University of California, San Diego (Psychology), 2009
  • MA, University of Colorado Boulder, 2013
  • PhD, University of Colorado Boulder, expected 2018

Research Interests

I'm broadly interested in how substance use impacts the brain and cognition across the lifespan. My dissertation seeks to examine brain structure and cognition among older adult chronic marijuana users.

Publications and Presentations

Thayer, R.E., Hagerty, S.L., Sabbineni, A., Claus, E.D., Hutchison, K.E., & Weiland, B.J. (2016). Negative and interactive effects of sex, aging, and alcohol abuse on gray matter morphometry. Human Brain Mapping, 37(6), 2276-2292.

Feldstein Ewing, S.W., Ryman, S.G., Gillman, A., Weiland, B.J., Thayer, R.E., & Bryan, A.D. (2016). Developmental cognitive neuroscience of adolescent sexual risk and alcohol use. AIDS and Behavior, 20, 97-108.

Thayer, R.E. & Feldstein Ewing, S.W. (2016). Adolescent Psychotherapy for Addiction Medicine: From Brain Development to Neurocognitive Treatment Mechanisms. In H. Ehktari & M. Paulus (Eds.), Progress in Brain Research (First Edit, Vol. 224, pp. 305-322).

Thayer, R.E., YorkWilliams, S., Sabbineni, A., Feldstein Ewing, S.W., Bryan, A.D., & Hutchison, K.E. (2016). Multimodal neuroimaging correlates of recent marijuana use frequency. Poster presented at Marijuana and Cannabinoids: A Neuroscience Research Summit. National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.

Thayer, R.E., Feldstein Ewing, S.W., Dodd, A.B., Hansen, N.S., Mayer, A.R., Ling, J.M., & Bryan, A.D. (2015). Functional activation during the Stroop is associated with recent alcohol but not marijuana use among high-risk youth. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 234(1), 130-136.

Weiland, B.J., Thayer, R.E., Depue, B.E., Sabbineni, A., Bryan, A.D., & Hutchison, K.E. (2015). Daily marijuana use is not associated with brain morphometric measures in adolescents or adults. The Journal of Neuroscience, 35(4), 1505-1512.

Thayer, R.E. & Weiland, B.J. (2015). Importance of construct validity in functional neuroimaging of craving. Addiction, 110(2), 206-207.

Thayer, R.E., Filbey, F., Bryan, A.D., & Feldstein Ewing, S.W. (2015). Differences in fractional anisotropy between tobacco-using and combined marijuana- and tobacco-using high-risk youth. Poster presented at the Flux Congress’ 3rd annual meeting. Leiden, Netherlands.

Thayer, R.E., Hagerty, S.L., Sabbineni, A., Hutchison, K.E., & Weiland, B.J. (2015). Interactive associations between heavy alcohol use and aging with gray matter atrophy of cortical regions. Poster presented at the Research Society on Alcoholism's 38th annual meeting. San Antonio, TX.

Hanson, K.L., Thayer, R.E., & Tapert, S.F. (2014). Adolescent marijuana users have elevated risk-taking on the balloon analog risk task. Journal of Pharmacology, 28(11), 1080-1087.

Thayer, R.E., Montanaro, E., Weiland, B.J., Callahan, T.J., & Bryan, A.D. (2014). Exploring the relationship of functional network connectivity to latent trajectories of alcohol use and risky sex. Current HIV Research, 12(4), 293-300.

Monnig, M.A., Thayer, R.E., Caprihan, A., Yeo, R.A., Claus, E.D., Bryan, A.D., Calhoun, V.D., Thoma, R.J., & Hutchison, K.E. (2014). White matter integrity is associated with cue reactivity in individuals with alcohol use disorders. Brain and Behavior, 4(2), 158-170.

Harlaar, N., Bryan, A.D., Thayer, R.E., Karoly, H.C., Oien, N., & Hutchison, K.E. (2014). Methylation of a CpG site near the ALDH1A2 gene is associated with loss of control over drinking and related phenotypes. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38(3), 713-721.

Thayer, R.E., Bryan, A.D., Mayer, A.R., Dodd, A., Ling, J., & Feldstein Ewing, S.W. (2014). Functional differences in Stroop response for alcohol- and marijuana-using high-risk youth. Poster presented at the Flux Congress’ 2nd annual meeting. Los Angeles, CA.

Feldstein Ewing, S.W., Thayer, R.E., Houck, J., Yezhuvath, U., Karoly, H., & Filbey, F. (2014). How therapist language influences the developing brain: A look at adolescent binge drinkers. Poster presented at the Flux Congress’ 2nd annual meeting. Los Angeles, CA.

Thayer, R.E., Hutchison, K.E., & Bryan, A.D. (2014). Associations between structural connectivity and alcohol problems among high-risk adolescents vary by white matter index. Poster presented at the Research Society on Alcoholism's 37th annual meeting. Bellevue, WA.

Weiland, B.J., Sabbineni, A., Thayer, R.E., Calhoun, V.D., Welsh, R.C., Bryan, A.D., & Hutchison, K.E. (2014). Reduced cortical volumes associated with functional connectivity dysfunction and alcohol use severity. Poster presented at the Organization for Human Brain Mapping’s 20th annual meeting. Hamburg, Germany.

Thayer, R.E., Callahan, T.J., Weiland, B.J., Hutchison, K.E., & Bryan, A.D. (2013). Associations between fractional anisotropy and problematic alcohol use in juvenile justice-involved adolescents. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 39(6), 365-371.

Karoly, H.C., Stevens, C.J., Thayer, R.E., Magnan, R.E., Bryan, A.D., & Hutchison, K.E. (2013). Aerobic exercise moderates the effect of heavy alcohol consumption on white matter damage. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 37(9), 1508-1515.

Callahan, T.J., Caldwell Hooper, A.E., Thayer, R.E., Magnan, R.E., & Bryan, A.D. (2013). Relationships between marijuana dependence and condom use intentions and behavior among justice-involved adolescents. AIDS and Behavior, 17(8), 2715-2724.

Thayer, R.E. & Hutchison, K.E. (2013). Neuroimaging in clinical studies of craving: Importance of reward and control networks. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27(2), 543-546.

Jacobus, J., Thayer, R.E., Trim, R.S., Bava, S., Frank, L.R., & Tapert, S.F. (2013). White matter integrity, substance use, and risk taking in adolescence. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27(2), 431-442.

Lisdahl, K.M., Thayer, R., Squeglia, L.M., McQueeny, T.M., & Tapert, S.F. (2013). Recent binge drinking predicts smaller cerebellar volumes in adolescents. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 211(1), 17-23.

Bava, S., Jacobus, J., Thayer, R.E., & Tapert, S.F. (2013). Longitudinal changes in white matter integrity among adolescent substance users. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 37 Suppl 1, E181-189.

Thayer, R.E. & Hutchison, K.E. (2013). Substance use disorders:  Using fMRI to develop intermediate phenotypes. In J. MacKillop & M. Munafò (Eds.), Genetic Influences on Addiction: An Intermediate Phenotype Approach.

Bryan, A.D., Thayer, R.E., Weiland, B.J., Montanaro, E., & Hutchison, K.E. (2013). Network connectivity in adolescents: Associations with alcohol use, marijuana use, and risky sexual behavior. Poster presented at the European Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism’s 14th annual meeting. Warsaw, Poland.

Thayer, R.E., Callahan, T.J., Weiland, B.J., Hutchison, K.E., & Bryan, A.D. (2013). Problematic alcohol use is associated with fractional anisotropy among justice-involved adolescents. Poster presented at the Organization for Human Brain Mapping’s 19th annual meeting. Seattle, WA.

Bryan, A.D., Thayer, R.E., Magnan, R.E., Claus, E.D., & Hutchison, K.E. (2013). Integrative model of genetic, neurocognitive, and psychosocial correlates of adolescent alcohol-related sexual risk behavior. Poster presented at the International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society’s 15th annual meeting. Leuven, Belgium.

Monnig, M.A., Caprihan, A., Thayer, R.E., Claus, E.D., Yeo, R.A., & Hutchison, K.E. (2013). Lower white matter integrity in treatment-seeking versus treatment-naïve individuals with alcohol use disorders. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science’s 25th annual meeting. Washington, DC.

Thayer, R.E., Crotwell, S.M., Callahan, T.J., Hutchison, K.E., & Bryan, A.D. (2012). Nucleus accumbens volume is associated with frequency of alcohol use among juvenile justice-involved adolescents. Brain Sciences, 2(4), 605-618.

Mahmood, O.M., Goldenberg, D., Thayer, R., Migliorini, R., Simmons, A.N., & Tapert, S.F. (2012). Adolescents’ fMRI activation to a response inhibition task predicts future substance use. Addictive Behaviors, 38(1), 1435-1441.

Simmons, A.N., Thayer, R.E., Spadoni, A.D., Matthews, S.C., Strigo, I.A., & Tapert, S.F. (2012). The parametric, psychological, neuropsychological, and neuroanatomical properties of self and world evaluation. PLoS One, 7(2), e31509.

Thayer, R.E. & Hutchison, K.E. (2012). Improving accuracy of adolescents' substance use reports via text messaging. Addiction, 107(5), 1015-1016.

Bryan, A.D., Magnan, R.E., Claus, E.W., Thayer, R.E., & Hutchison, K.E. (2012). Alcohol use and risky sex: Associations with genetic factors and neurocognitive activation on the BART. Talk presented at the Research Society on Alcoholism’s 35th annual meeting. San Francisco, CA.

Magnan, R.E., Thayer, R.E., Hutchison, K.E., Claus, E.D., & Bryan, A.D. (2012). Neurocognitive activation moderates six-month alcohol use outcomes of a group MET among juvenile justice youth. Poster presented at the Research Society on Alcoholism’s 35th annual meeting. San Francisco, CA.

Karoly, H.C., Monnig, M., Harlaar, N., Thayer, R.E., & Hutchison, K.E. (2012). Genetic variation in HTR2A and PTPRB is associated with alcohol dependence and white matter integrity in the posterior thalamic radiata. Poster presented at the Research Society on Alcoholism’s 35th annual meeting. San Francisco, CA.

Bava, S., Boucquey, V., Goldenberg, D., Thayer, R.E., Ward, M., Jacobus, J., & Tapert, S.F. (2011). Sex differences in adolescent white matter architecture. Brain Research, 1375, 41-48.

Bava, S., Thayer, R., Jacobus, J., Ward, M., Jernigan, T.L., & Tapert, S.F. (2010). Longitudinal characterization of white matter maturation during adolescence. Brain Research, 1327, 38-46.

Mahmood, O., Goldenberg, D., Thayer, R., & Tapert, S. (2010). FMRI activation during a response inhibition task predicts future alcohol and drug use in adolescents. Poster presented at the Research Society on Alcoholism’s 33rd annual meeting. San Antonio, TX.