ABOUT US

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.

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

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.

CURRENT MEMBERS

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Julia Imperatore

Program Manager

TMS technician, Data analysis

imperato@musc.edu

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Hilary Smith

Lab Manager

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Kaitlin Kinney

Ph.D. Student

 

krkinney@wakehealth.edu

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Gabriella Gaje

Clinical Studies Coordinator

Multiday Alcohol

ggaje@wakehealth.edu

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Claudia Costa

Clinical Studies Coordinator

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Danielle Fliegel

Undergraduate researcher

(Wake Forest)

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Matt Regan

Clinical Studies Coordinator

 

@wakehealth.edu

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Dan McCalley

Ph.D. Student

Neuroimaging & Data Analysis

mccalled@musc.edu

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Navneet Kaur, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Neuromodulation & Neuroimaging

nkaur@wakehealth.edu

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Delaney Teceno

Ph.D. Student

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Ashley Maxime

Clinical Studies Coordinator

Project Relief

amaxime@wakehealth.edu

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Miracle Collier

Translational Research technician

NHP TMS coordinator

 

mcollier@wakehealth.edu

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Maya Clamp

Clinical Studies Coordinator

 

@wakehealth.edu

ALUMNI
(that worked with us for at least 1 year)

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William deVries

Coordinator (2011-2019)

Physical Therapy DPT program, Baylor (2020-present)

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Daniel H. Lench, Ph.D.

Neuroscience PhD student (2014-2019) Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-present)

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Tonisha Kearney-Ramos, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral fellow (2016-2018)

Assistant Professor, Columbia/NYSPI (2018-present) 

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Maria Xie

Coordinator (2020-2021)

Medical student, Wake Forest (2021-present)

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Marla Torrence

Program Manager (2020)

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Shaoni Dasgupta

High School researcher (2016)

Clemson University (2018-present)

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Oliver Mithoefer

Coordinator (2014-2016)

Internal Medicine Resident (2020-present)

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Spencer Bell

PhD student (2013-2017)

Assistant Professor, Dixie State (2019-present)

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Ingrid Contreras

Coordinator (2017-2019)

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Scott Henderson

Coordinator (2016-2018)

MRI technologist (2018-present)

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Melanie Canterberry, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-2014)

Louisiana Public Health Institute (2014-present)

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Logan T. Dowdle, Ph.D.

Undergraduate researcher & Neuroscience PhD student (2012-2019)

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota

(2019-present)

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Andrew Hiatt

Coordinator (2020-2021)

Medical student, UNC-CH (2021-present)

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Jonathan LaFlure

Coordinator (2020-2021)

 

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Jade Doolittle

Coordinator (2018-2019)

Medical Student (2021-present), MUSC

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Brittany Correia

Undergraduate researcher, Vanderbilt (2017, 2018)

PhD student, UTHSC (2019-present)

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Christopher Austelle

Coordinator (2014-2015)

Psychiatry resident (2019-present)

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Sarah Hamilton

Coordinator (2014-2015)

Physicians Assistant (2020-present)

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Dawn Jensen

High school researcher (2015)

University of South Carolina