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Brain Alcohol Research Laboratory

Brain Alcohol Research LabWe are interested in better understanding how brain function relates to an individual’s likelihood for engaging in risky patterns of substance use. We are currently studying adolescents in the transition period after high school to determine whether brain imaging metrics can help predict an individual’s likelihood of developing problematic patterns of use in the future. Future interests include examining the endogenous cannabinoid system to better understand how its function relates to substance use. We are also interested in acute drug administration methods to examine how neurotransmitter systems like dopamine and serotonin impact behavior and overall brain function.


Kirk-Provencher KT, Penner AE, McRae K, Gowin JL (2023) Emotion Regulation in Young Adults With Family History of Harmful Alcohol Use: A fMRI Study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Feb 1;243:109752. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2022.109752.

Stellern J, Xiao KB, Grennell E, Sanches M, Gowin JL*, Sloan ME* (2023) Emotion Regulation in Substance Use Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Addiction. Jan;118(1):30-47. doi: 10.1111/add.16001. PMID: 35851975.

Sloan ME, Sells JR, Vaughan CL, Morris JK, Ortega NE, Sundar S, Soundararajan S, Stangl BL, Gowin JL, Chawla S, Diazgranados N, McKee S, Waters A, Ramchandani VA (2022) Modeling Ability to Resist Alcohol in the Human Laboratory: A Pilot Study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence Reports. Volume 5, 100105.

Penner AE, White EJ, Stoddard J, Gowin JL (2022) The Neural Circuitry of Reward During Sustained Threat. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience. Feb;22(1):134-144. doi: 10.3758/s13415-021-00938-1.

Gowin JL, Sloan ME, Morris JK, Schwandt ML, Diazgranados N, Ramchandani VA (2021) Characteristics Associated with High-Intensity Binge Drinking in Alcohol Use Disorder. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.750395

Gowin JL, Manza P, Ramchandani VA, Volkow ND (2020) Neuropsychosocial Markers of Binge Drinking in Young Adults. Molecular Psychiatry. May 12;10.1038/s41380-020-0771-z. doi: 10.1038/s41380-020-0771-z.

Janakiraman R, Gowin JL, Sloan ME, Schwandt ML, Diazgranados N, Ramchandani VA, Kwako LE (2020) History of Suicidality and Alcohol Craving Trajectories During Inpatient Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Feb 21;209:107918. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.107918.

Regner MF, Tregellas J, Kluger B, Wylie K, Gowin JL, Tanabe J (2019) The Insula in Nicotine Use Disorder: Functional Neuroimaging and Implications for Neuromodulation. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. Aug;103:414-424.

Ernst M, Gowin JL, Gaillard C, Philips R, Grillon C (2019). Sketching the power of machine learning to decrypt a neural systems model of behavior. Brain Sciences. 9(3).67

Tanabe J, Regner M, Sakai J, Martinez D, Gowin JL (2019) Neuroimaging reward, craving, learning, and cognitive control in substance use disorders: review and implications for treatment. The British Journal of Radiology. Sep;92(1101):20180942

Sloan ME*, Gowin JL*, Janakiraman R, Ester C, Stangl BL, Stoddard J, Ramchandani VA (2019) Patterns of Alcohol Consumption in Heavy and High-Risk Drinkers. Addiction Biology. doi: 10.1111/adb.12734

Gowin JL, Ernst M, Ball TM, May AC, Sloan ME, Tapert SF, Paulus MP (2019) Using Neuroimaging to Predict Relapse in Stimulant Dependence: A Comparison of Linear and Machine Learning Models. NeuroImage: Clinical. 21, 101676.

Gowin JL, Sloan ME, Swan JE, Momenan R, Ramchandani VA. (2019) The Relationship between Delay Discounting and Alcohol Dependence in Individuals with and without Comorbid Psychopathology. Psychopharmacology. Feb;236(2):775-785

Sloan ME, Grant CW, Gowin JL, Ramchandani VA, Le Foll B (2019) Endocannabinoid Signaling in Psychiatric Disorders: A Review of Positron Emission Tomography Studies. Acta Pharmacologica Sinica. Mar;40(3):342-350

Joshua Gowin, PhD

Joshua Gowin, PhD

Principal Investigator

Katelyn Kirk-Provencher, PhD

Katelyn Kirk-Provencher, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Radiology

CU Anschutz

Leprino Building

12401 East 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045


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