The Hanlon Lab is a translational clinical research team of the Clinical Neuromodulation Lab at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We are devoted to developing novel forms of non-invasive brain stimulation treatment designed to assist patients with recovery from various neurological and psychiatric conditions.
Through support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), we are currently evaluating Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a novel treatment tool for addiction recovery.
Colleen Hanlon, Ph.D.
Professor, Cancer Biology, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Neurobiology, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Ph.D., Duke University
B.S., University of Florida
The overall theme of my scientific research has been to map neural circuit irregularities in substance dependent populations, then modulate these circuits using brain stimulation techniques or neurofeedback. I lead NIH-funded research directed at:
1) longitudinal investigations of neural connectivity in cocaine and alcohol dependent individuals undergoing substance abuse treatment, and
2) developing patient-tailored brain stimulation protocols which may either enhance cognitive control or attenuate craving in treatment seeking individuals.
I have also received independent funding to pursue research in PTSD, Tourette Syndrome, and Stroke rehabilitation.
I am privileged to have a career devoted to learning from other scientists and creating new knowledge, thus I believe it is our obligation to share this knowledge with the next generation of clinicians and scientists, as well as the tax-paying community that makes this NIH research possible. Consequently, I have always found unique pleasure in training, mentorship, and outreach: My trainees and collaborators are pioneering non-invasive neuromodulatory strategies for treating addiction, including continuous Theta Burst Stimulation (cTBS) to the medial prefrontal cortex and real-time fMRI biofeedback.
Clinical Studies Coordinator
Clinical Studies Coordinator
(that worked with us for at least 1 year)
Physical Therapy DPT program, Baylor (2020-present)
Daniel H. Lench, Ph.D.
Neuroscience PhD student (2014-2019) Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-present)
Tonisha Kearney-Ramos, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow (2016-2018)
Assistant Professor, Columbia/NYSPI (2018-present)
Medical student, Wake Forest (2021-present)
Program Manager (2020)
High School researcher (2016)
Clemson University (2018-present)
Internal Medicine Resident (2020-present)
PhD student (2013-2017)
Assistant Professor, Dixie State (2019-present)
MRI technologist (2018-present)
Melanie Canterberry, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-2014)
Louisiana Public Health Institute (2014-present)
Logan T. Dowdle, Ph.D.
Undergraduate researcher & Neuroscience PhD student (2012-2019)
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota
Medical student, UNC-CH (2021-present)
Medical Student (2021-present), MUSC
Undergraduate researcher, Vanderbilt (2017, 2018)
PhD student, UTHSC (2019-present)
Psychiatry resident (2019-present)
Physicians Assistant (2020-present)
High school researcher (2015)
University of South Carolina