Dr Catherine Fassbender
Dr Catherine Fassbender is an Assistant Professor in DCU School of Psychology and a Research Fellow in DCU Anti-Bullying Centre. Catherine’s research interests include understanding the neural correlates of cognitive control processes in clinical disorders, examining cognition and reward processing following long-term substance abuse, determining neural risk factors for relapse from sobriety in substance users and examining the neural and behavioural risk factors for substance abuse in adolescents. She conducts her research using behavioural, functional neuroimaging and electrophysiological methods. Her goal is to better understand the cognitive impairments in clinical disorders in order to inform targeted treatments. She is also interested in identifying patterns of brain and behaviour function that will inform the early identification of individuals vulnerable to substance dependence with the goal of prevention.