Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine
Dr. Vassileva’s focuses on personality and neurocognitive risk factors for the development of addiction and neurocognitive sequelae of chronic drug use and externalizing psychopathology. Over the past 10 years, her research has focused on investigating the role of impulsivity in addiction, which is explored from different levels of analysis by incorporating neurocognitive, personality, psychiatric, genetic, and computational approaches. The overall research aim is to determine the utility of different dimensions of impulsivity (either individually or in combination) as candidate endophenotype(s) for drug addiction in general and for opiate and stimulant addictions in particular. Findings have begun to challenge the unitary account of drug addiction by showing that there are important neurobiological differences between different subtypes of addictions.