Bright Nights: Substance use and the brain – Using neuroscience to understand pathways to addiction and inform treatment


Thursday, March 24, 2022


6:00pm - 7:30pm



The Eisenberg Family Depression Center’s Bright Nights™ series connects our community with mental health experts, providing up-to-date information and a public forum to discuss topics related to depression.

This event features a presentation by Meghan Martz Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry and U-M Addiction Center

Developmental research indicates that certain aspects of brain functioning during adolescence, such as reward processing and impulse control, contribute to risky behaviors, including substance use. Substance use can have neurotoxic effects on the brain and continued use can alter neural function. Thus, identifying risk and protective factors related to substance misuse during adolescence and into young adulthood is an important public health priority. Dr. Martz will discuss findings from her research using both psychosocial and brain measures to address this issue. Findings from a national dataset (Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study) and a longitudinal study of families with a history of alcohol use disorder (Michigan Longitudinal Study) will be presented. This talk will also include novel findings from Dr. Martz’s study using neurofeedback to train study participants to self-regulate reward-related brain activity.

Dr. Meghan Martz is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She is a developmental psychologist using interdisciplinary research as a tool to better understand psychosocial and neural factors underlying substance misuse during adolescence and young adulthood. She is particularly interested in identifying aspects of resilience, in addition to risk. Dr. Martz received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan followed by a postdoctoral position at the Michigan Medicine Addiction Center. Prior to her doctoral work, Dr. Martz received her M.S.W degree from the University of Chicago and completed clinical internships in mental health in community and hospital settings. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and has been published in journals such as JAMA, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Psychological Medicine

This event is free and open to the public, co-hosted by Ann Arbor Public Library.

Virtual – RVSP here