Written in the body: What biomarkers reflecting brain-body communication can tell us about addiction and addiction recovery

First published: 13 March 2019 | Last updated: 27 March 2019


Dr David Eddie

Research Scientist

Dr. David Eddie is a Research Scientist at the Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He studies the psychophysiological corollaries of substance use disorder, applying this knowledge to the development of cutting-edge mobile health, relapse prevention interventions for individuals in substance use disorder recovery. Dr. Eddie is a licensed clinical psychologist, having completed his B.A. at Columbia University, Ph.D. at Rutgers University, and clinical residency and post-doctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where he was a Livingston Fellow.

While research on the cognitive and psychosocial corollaries of addiction recovery is increasingly informing our understanding of individual factors that can undermine or enhance recovery, much less attention is being paid to critical bidirectional brain-body regulatory processes contributing to resilience or risk for addiction relapse. This talk will explore biomarkers of brain-body integration and describe how they can contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the complex factors affecting addiction recovery.

Funding: National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 1F32AA025251-01; Harvard Medical School, Livingston Fellowship; Harvard University Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative, the Pershing Square Venture Fund for Research on the Foundations of Human Behavior.



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