The Filbey lab focuses on combining neuroimaging and genetic techniques to characterize neural mechanisms associated with reward system dysfunction (e.g., addictive disorders). Specifically, we are interested in how environmental factors (e.g., adolescent onset of use, early life stress) mediate the neural mechanisms that are associated with changes in the reward system and how genetic risk moderates these effects. Our current projects involve the determination of these effects using neuroimaging tools (sMRI, DTI, fMRI during cue-exposure tasks, reward and punishment tasks, response inhibition tasks and stress tasks, resting state fMRI) and genetic studies in substance abusers, compulsive eaters and risk-taking individuals.



University of Texas at Dallas

Center for BrainHealth


2200 West Mockingbird Lane

Dallas, TX75235


Main Lab: 972-883-3204

Study Recruitment: 972-883-3314


Filbey Lab

Left to right: Shadab Forouzan, Joseph Dunlop, Tyler Rhinehardt, Sam Dewitt,

Dr. Francesca Filbey, Ariel Ketcherside, Nick Sanford, Jessica Bain, Alison King and

Tim McQueeny.