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Eric Claus
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

The goal of Eric Claus' research is to identify neural and cognitive mechanisms that support behavior change in substance use disorders.  In addition, he uses neuromodulation techniques to modify functioning in relevant circuits in order to reduce

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Education
  • University of Colorado, PhD, Psychology and Neuroscience, 2007
Currently Accepting Graduate Students
Research Interests
  • Addiction
  • Neuroimaging
  • Brain Stimulation
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
Professional Experience

The goal of Eric Claus' research is to utilize tools from cognitive neuroscience to better understand the neural circuits that contribute to all stages of substance use disorders, from the initial development to recovery.  He has used numerous techniques in his research including functional MRI, MEG, EEG, and brain stimulation. 

Grants and Research Projects

His current research focuses on neural networks that change as an individual reduces their alcohol consumption, both in the absence of treatment and during cognitive behavioral or mindfulness-based treatment.  In addition, he is starting a project that will examine changes in brain function in cigarette smokers who have recently quit smoking.  By identifying the key circuits implicated in behavior change, it may be possible to identify new targets for neuromodulation using techniques such as transcranial electrical stimulation.

Publications