Current Research Projects:

Below is an abbreviated list.  To learn more about the research taking place in our facility please visit our affiliated faculty webpages.

“Hoosier Brain Project”

PI: IRF investigators:  Email if you are interested in participating.


“Graph Theoretic Analysis of Brain Networks in Cannabis Users”

PI: Brian O’Donnell; Co-PI: Sharlene Newman


“Examining Cerebellar Functioning in Schizophrenia”

PI: William Hetrick


“Collaborative Research: The Role of Gesture in Word Learning”

PI: Karin James


“Functional neuroimaging of e-cigarette use decisions”

PI: Joshua Brown


“Detecting glutamate signal change associated with alcohol use disorder using magnetic resonance spectroscopy” 

PI: Hu Cheng, Sharlene Newman, George Rebec and Peter Finn 


“Cerebellar Dysfunction in Autism” 

PI: William Hetrick and Dan Kennedy



Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Core Pilot Grant: Karin James and Franco Pestilli

Project: “Modern diffusion-weighted MRI protocol and analyses for early profiling and detection of reading            disabilities in preschool children”


Early Investigators Scholarship, Alzheimer’s Association- Greater Indiana Chapter: Eun Jin Paek

Funding provided for dissertation research examining fMRI reliability in adults with dementia.


Grant-in-Aid of Dissertation Research: Drew Bromfield


Fellowship for the 6th Latin American School for Education, Cognitive and Neural
Sciences, funded by the James S. McDonnell Foundation: Felipe Muñoz and Sophia Vinci-Booher


Fellowship for the 2015 Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of California Davis & University of California Santa Barbara: Felipe Munoz


Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, IU Center for Excellence for Women in Technology: Thomas James
          Nominated by: Lindsay Arcurio, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow at NIAAA


IRF Researcher Franco Pestilli wins Janet Taylor Spence Award

Dr. Franco Pestilli has been awarded the Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformational Early Career Contributions. This award celebrates “new and cutting edge ideas coming out of the most creative and promising investigators who embody the future of psychological science.”  In particular, this award “recognizes young researchers who cross traditional sub-disciplinary lines in psychological science and …

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Sharlene Newman named associate vice provost for undergraduate education

  IRF Director and PBS associate professor Sharlene Newman has recently been appointed associate vice provost for undergraduate education here at IU. Click here to read more about her appointment. Congratulations Dr. Newman!

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