Hugh Garavan

Joint Appointment

Hugh Garavan

Hugh Garavan
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

  • B.A. National University of Ireland, 1990
  • M.A. Bowling Green State University, 1993
  • Ph.D. Bowling Green State University, 1995
  • C.V. (PDF)
Phone: (802) 656-9618
Room: FAHC-UHC Room 6436


My research interest is cognitive neuroscience, an area in which the experimental methods for isolating and studying psychological processes are married to a neurobiological approach to understanding the brain functions that subserve these processes. Within this broad area, my primary interest is cognitive control functions, those processes involved in monitoring, coordinating and adapting our behaviour so as to achieve our goals. This interest merges naturally into clinical questions regarding the neurobiology underlying control dysfunction. For example, my primary clinical interest, addiction, is characterized by ineffectual control over pathological drug urges. Indeed many psychiatric and health-related conditions (e.g., ADHD, schizophrenia, OCD, obesity) can be usefully conceived of in terms of poor control over behaviour.

Related research interests concern the processes underlying the development of cognitive functions and how these might contribute to the psychopathologies that tend to emerge during adolescence. The neurobiology of individual differences and intra-individual changes such as those that underlie the brain plasticity that is evident as one practices a task are also related interests. Additional clinical interests include autism, ADHD and schizophrenia.

My primary research tool is structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging which is an ideal tool for understanding the neuroscience of human function and dysfunction. Many high-level intellectual functions and many clinically-relevant questions (e.g., why do some people who are highly motivated to quit drugs nonetheless relapse) do not easily lend themselves to animal models. Moreover, there are not good animal models for many human psychopathologies. Consequently, being able to study the neurobiology of these processes can yield powerful insights. Arising from the use of this technology is an interest in fMRI methods development. I have also worked in collaboration with others on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and EEG, two techniques that very nicely complement functional MRI.

Representative Publications

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