Dr Valentina Lorenzetti - Nat Sch Psychology (Faculty of Health Sciences)
Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor
Dr Lorenzetti is Senior Lecturer, Lead of the Neuroscience of Addiction & Mental Health Program and Deputy Director of the Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre, at the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, Australian Catholic University.
Her research program aims to map vulnerability to and recovery of brain and mental health harms in chronic addictions and psychopathology. An additional goal is to establish consensus-based gold standards to measure substance use and misuse in research, treatment and public health settings.
Dr Lorenzetti' long-term vision is to carry out world-leading research on the pathophysiology of addiction and to alleviate its devastating harms on ~55M people globally, by combining advanced multimodal neuroimaging tools, global multi-site cohorts and new interventions.
Her Program welcomes national and international student exchange.
Examples of research questions examined by the Neuroscience of Addiction and Mental Health Program include:
- Who is most vulnerable to brain and mental health harms, among substance users?
- Which neurobiological mechanisms differentiate young adolescent substance users who are vulnerable to brain and mental health harms, from those who are resilient to these harms?
- How to mitigate brain and mental health harms in chronic addictions? We explore the role of mindfulness-based strategies that target craving, and CBD-based interventions.
- How does cannabis potency affect brain integrity, and what is the role neuroprotective and neurotoxic cannabinoids in driving and mitigating brain harms in cannabis users?
- How does recreational and dependent substance use differ at a neurobiological level?
- How do men and women differ in the neurobiology of substance use?
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addiction ; neuroscience ; Mindfulness ; sex differences ; cannabis ;
Functional and Structural Neuroimaging ; Longitudinal data analysis ; RCT, mixed method ; consortia ; Meta-Analysis ;
- CHARACTERISING NEURAL, COGNITIVE AND MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES IN CANNABIS USE DISORDERS (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
- Mapping short-term brain changes in cannabis users: An fMRI study (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
- Mapping sex differences in the neurobiology of alcohol dependence and cannabis use (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
- Adolescent cannabis use: mapping risk factors and neurodevelopmental trajectories using resting state and white matter connectivity (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
A meta-analysis of neural alterations in cannabis users
We welcome national and international research students to take part in ongoing neuroimaging projects.