Julia Cohen-Gilbert, Ph.D.

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Dr. Cohen-Gilbert is Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Assistant Neuroscientist in the Neurodevelopmental Laboratory on Addictions and Mental Health in the McLean Imaging Center.

Dr. Cohen-Gilbert’s work employs cognitive and behavioral measures in conjunction with magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance spectroscopy to investigate the role of brain development in cognitive and emotional regulation during adolescence. She is particularly interested in dynamic prefrontal-limbic interactions that contribute to impulsive or risky behavior in this age group. In the Neurodevelopmental Laboratory on Addictions and Mental Health, she has focused her research on questions regarding the initiation and perpetuation of substance use and abuse during adolescence.

Dr. Cohen-Gilbert is currently conducting a NIAAA-funded study examining neural and cognitive factors predicting adverse outcomes in college drinkers. She is also collaborating with McLean Acute Residential Treatment and Landing Programs to study cognitive-emotional regulation and early treatment outcomes in dually diagnosed adolescents and working with Dr. Marisa Silveri on a longitudinal study of adolescent alcohol use.