CHP Student Vaughn Bryant receives 2-year NIH Fellowship


Study examines brain-based predictors of response to substance abuse treatment

Congratulations to Vaughn Bryant, MS (Mentors: Drs. Nicole Ennis Whitehead, PhD and Ronald A. Cohen, Ph.D) on his receipt of a two-year individual Kirchstein National Research Service Award entitled “Working memory: A critical factor underlying alcohol reduction intervention response”.  The grant was awarded by NIH (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism).


The study will examine whether working memory and associated neural networks (assessed via brain imaging) can predict reduced alcohol use in persons with HIV who are also heavy drinkers, and who are undergoing a motivational interviewing treatment for alcohol use.  Understanding the predictors of optimal treatment response can help inform future treatments.