The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Francesca M. Filbey

Program Head, Cognition and Neuroscience PhD
Bert Moore Chair in BrainHealth

Research Interests

Neurobiological mechanisms underlying reward-motivation

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-7260 (Program Office) - 972-883-7274 (Administrative Assistant)
972-883-7225 (Campus office) - 972-883-3311 (CBH office)
Office: CBH_2.720 (CBH), BSB_14.102E
Campus Mail Code: CBH 10
Website: Filbey Lab


Dr. Francesca Filbey is one of the leading researchers in the area of cognitive neuroscience of addiction, applying neuroimaging tools to examine the neurobiological antecedents and consequences of reward-seeking behaviors. Her current research characterizes the mechanisms that underlie reward sensitivity in heavy and chronic marijuana users and the genetic and environmental modulators of these mechanisms. Dr. Filbey’s previous research projects have led to several important contributions in the literature, including the first neurobiological characterization of cannabis cue-reactivity (Filbey et al., 2009; Filbey et al., 2010). Dr. Filbey received her PhD at King’s College London, United Kingdom and completed her post-doctoral training at the NIH.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Filbey, F.M., Aslan, S., Calhoun, V., Spence, J.S., Dasmaraju, E., Caprihan, A., and Segall, J. (2014). Long-term effects of marijuana use on the brain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111 (47): 16913-16918. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1415297111.

Filbey, F.M. and Dunlop, J. (2014). Differential reward network functional connectivity in cannabis dependent and non-dependent users. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, (140): 101-111.

Filbey, F.M., Myers, U., and DeWitt, S. (2012). Reward system function and loss of control over eating in high BMI individuals: Similarities with addiction. NeuroImage, 63(4): 1800-6. doi: 10.1016.

Filbey, F.M., Claus, E.D., Forester, G., Morgan, M. and Hutchison, K.E. (2011). Dopaminergic genes modulate response inhibition in alcohol abusing adults. Addiction Biology, 16: no. doi: 10.1111/j.1369-1600.2011.00328.x.