HIV and Addictions Neuroscience


Cognitive and Addiction Neuroscience (clinical-research, research)

Jasmin Vassileva, PhD

The program of Cognitive and Addiction Neuroscience offers several research opportunities. Broadly, our program of ongoing research focuses on the interface of HIV, and substance use disorders, and neurocognition. Our work is supported by several NIH grants. Individual projects may include local or international populations of adult substance users, including those dependent primarily on crack, heroin, stimulants, cannabis, or club drugs. Individuals positive for HIV and or hepatitis C virus (HCV) are typically included in most studies, as are measures of risky behaviors. Neurocognitive abilities of particular interest include executive functions, impulsivity, and decision-making, as well as declarative and non-declarative memory. Some projects also include neuroimaging data. More detailed information about specific projects and current research may be found on our website. The extent of the intern's involvement with our projects will vary depending on their level of interest, previous experience and amount of time chosen to participate in research. We require a 1-year commitment for each type of research activity. An intern committing 20% time will complete an archival study of our available data. Interns who commit greater than 20% will be eligible to participate more actively in ongoing projects, which could include running subjects, introduction to grant preparation, or conducting a substudy within a current protocol. The training goal will be submission of at least one abstract or article for peer review upon completion of the rotation. Interns will also have the opportunity for authorships as appropriate. Depending upon the specific experiences, this rotation can be done as either research or clinical-research.