Julia Cohen-Gilbert, Ph.D.

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Dr. Cohen-Gilbert is Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Associate Neuroscientist in the Neurodevelopmental Laboratory on Addictions and Mental Health, 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 conducts NIAAA-funded research examining neural and cognitive factors predicting adverse outcomes in college drinkers and works with Dr. Marisa Silveri on a longitudinal adolescent neuroimaging study investigating the consequences of early onset alcohol use. Dr. Cohen-Gilbert also collaborates with the McLean Acute Residential Treatment Program to study cognitive-emotional regulation and early treatment outcomes in dually diagnosed adolescents.