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Natania Crane PhD

Natania Crane
  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate Director of the UIC Recovery Clinic
Contact Information
  • ncrane3 [at]
  • (312) 413-4453
  • School of Public Health / Psychiatric Institute (SPHPI)
    1601 W. Taylor St.
    SPHPI MC 912
    Chicago IL 60612
  • Room #:450

Dr. Crane is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Associate Director of the UIC Recovery Clinic. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Her research utilizes multiple methods (i.e., fMRI, EEG, cognitive, clinical, and self-report measures) to examine the brain and behavioral risk factors and consequences of Substance Use Disorders, especially Cannabis Use Disorder. An important aspect of her research is studying the relationship between clinical mental health factors and substance use, particularly between depression and cannabis use. Dr. Crane received her PhD in Clinical Psychology, completed her Clinical Internship and T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship at UIC, with an emphasis in Neuropsychology. She has received Early Career Travel Awards from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Society of Biological Psychiatry, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the American Psychological Foundation, as well as a K23 Early Career Development Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

  • Brain and behavioral risk factors for Substance Use Disorders, cannabis, cannabinoids, alcohol, nicotine, mood disorders, sex/gender differences, neuropsychology

    • Crean, R.D., Crane, N.A., & Mason, B.J. (2011). An evidence-based review of acute and long-term effects of cannabis use on executive cognitive functions. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 5(1): 1-8. PMID: 21321675.
    • Crane, N.A., Schuster, R.M., Fusar-Poli, P., & Gonzalez, R. (2013). Effects of cannabis on neurocognitive functioning: recent advances, neurodevelopmental influences, and sex differences. Neuropsychology Review, 23(2): 117-137. PMID: 23129391.
    • Passarotti, A.M., Crane, N.A., Hedecker, D., & Mermelstein, R.J. (2015). Longitudinal trajectories of marijuana use from adolescence to young adulthood. Addictive Behaviors, 45:301-308. PMID: 25792233.
    • Crane, N.A., Langenecker, S.A., & Mermelstein, R.J. (2015). Gender differences in the associations among marijuana use, cigarette use, and depression during adolescence and young adulthood. Addictive Behaviors, 49: 33-39. PMID: 26036667.
    • Crane, N.A., Jenkins, L.M., Dion, C., Meyers, K.K., Weldon, A.L., Gabriel, L.B., Walker, S.J., Hsu, D.T., Noll, D.C., Klumpp, H., Phan, K.L., Zubieta, J.K., & Langenecker, S.A. (2016). Comorbid anxiety increases cognitive control activation in Major Depressive Disorder. Depression and Anxiety, 33(10): 967-977. PMID: 27454009.
    • Peters, A.T., Jacobs, R.H., Crane, N.A., Ryan, K.A., Weisenbach, S.L., Ajilore, O., Lamar, M., Kassel, M.T., Gabriel, L.B., West, A.E., Zubieta, J.K., & Langenecker, S.A. (2017). Domain-specific impairment in cognitive control among remitted youth with a history of major depression. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 11(5): 383-392. PMID: 26177674.
    • Crane, N.A., Jenkins, L.M., Bhaumik, R., Dion, C., Gowins, J.R., Mickey, B.J., Zubieta, J.K., & Langenecker, S.A. (2017). Multidimensional Prediction of Treatment Response to Antidepressants with Cognitive Control and fMRI. Brain, 140(2): 472-486. PMID: 28122876.
    • Crane, N.A., Gorka, S.M., Weafer, J., Langeneker, S.A., de Wit, H., & Phan, K.L. (2017). Preliminary evidence for disrupted nucleus accumbens reactivity and connectivity to reward in binge drinkers. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 52(6): 647-654. PMID: 29016710.
    • Crane, N.A., Gorka, S.M., Burkhouse, K.L., Afshar, K., Greenstein, J.E., Aase, D.M., Proescher, E., Schroth, C., Kennedy, A.E., & Phan, K.L. (2018). Neural response to errors is associated with problematic alcohol use over time in combat-exposed returning veterans: an event-related potential study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 183: 155-161. PMID: 29253797.
    • Crane, N.A., Gorka, S.M., Weafer, J., Langeneker, S.A., de Wit, H., & Phan, K.L. (2018). Neural activation to reward is associated with amphetamine reward sensitivity. Neuropsychopharmacology, 43(8): 1738-1744. PMID: 29581536.
    • Crane, N.A., Gorka, S.M., Phan, K.L., & Childs, E. (2018). Amygdala-Orbitofrontal Functional Connectivity Mediates the Relationship between Sensation Seeking and Alcohol Use among Binge-drinking Adults. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 192: 208-214. PMID: 30268936.
    • Crane, N.A., Verges, A., Kamali, M., Bhaumik, R., Ryan, K.A., Marshall, D.F., Saunders, E.F., Kassel, M.T., Weldon, A.L., McInnis, M.G., & Langenecker, S.A. (2020). Developing Dimensional, Pandiagnostic Inhibitory Control Constructs with Self-Report and Neuropsychological Data. Assessment, 27: 787-802. PMID: 29405754
    • Radoman, M., Crane, N.A., Gorka, S.M., Weafer, J., Langenecker, S.A., de Wit, H., & Phan, K.L. (in press). Striatal Activation to Monetary Reward is Associated with Alcohol Reward Sensitivity. Neuropsychopharmcology.
Title Description Investigator(s) Category Status
Brain-Behavior Markers of Reward and Cannabis Abuse Risk In Young Adults K23DA048132 REWARD Lab On-going