Marie BanichMarie Banich, Ph.D., is a professor in the Institute of Cognitive Science and the Dept. of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder.  There she serves as the Executive Director of the Intermountain Neuroimaging Consortium, the university’s neuroimaging center that serves the greater Denver Front Range region. Her research specializes in using brain imaging techniques, including spectroscopic, anatomical and functional methods, to understand the neural systems that allow us to direct our attention and our actions so that we can prioritize, organize, and target our behavior in a goal-oriented manner, abilities often referred to as executive function. She investigates these issues both in normal individuals as well clinical populations, such individuals with traits related to psychopathology, (e.g., depression, anxiety), and those with learning disabilities, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and substance use disorders . She also takes a developmental perspective, examining how executive functions mature during adolescence. She serves as one of the two main investigators for the Colorado Site of the ground-breaking Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study (, a 10-year national study of over 11,000 youth across the nation focused on the interaction between brain development, genetics, and environmental influences.  Her research findings have been published in leading journals, including the journal Science. In addition, she currently serves as the editor-in-chief of Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, a multi-disciplinary journal that focuses on how psychological theory and findings can be informed by neuroscientific and computational methods. She is author of a textbook, entitled Cognitive Neuroscience, recently published in its fourth edition by Cambridge University Press. Among her other professional experiences, Prof. Banich has been a member of the MacArthur Foundation on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice, a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Verona, Italy, has received a James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Award and served as the Director of the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado Boulder for twelve years from 2004 to 2016.