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Colleen A. Hanlon

InstitutionMedical University of South Carolina
DepartmentPsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
AddressP.O. Box MSC 861
PH537 N
67 President St.
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    The overall theme of Dr. Hanlon's scientific research has been to map neural circuit irregularities in substance dependent populations and then modulate these circuits using brain stimulation techniques or neurofeedback. She is leading 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. Dr. Hanlon's trainees and collaborators are pioneering non-invasive neuromodulatory strategies for treating addiction including continuous Theta Burst Stimulation to the medial prefrontal cortex, and real-time fMRI biofeedback. Dr. Hanlon has also received independent funding to pursue research in PTSD, Tourette Syndrome, and Stroke rehabilitation. She is dedicated to mentoring graduate students, medical students, medical residents, and other faculty members seeking training in neuroimaging and brain stimulation.

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    Drug Studies, Mental Health, Nervous System, Pediatrics, Brain, Movement Disorders, Smoking, Adolescents, Depression, Healthy Volunteer Studies, Pain, Psychiatry, Aging, Alcohol, Central Nervous System, Stroke, Substance Use

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    1. Seo NJ, Lakshminarayanan K, Lauer AW, Ramakrishnan V, Schmit BD, Hanlon CA, George MS, Bonilha L, Downey RJ, DeVries W, Nagy T. Use of imperceptible wrist vibration to modulate sensorimotor cortical activity. Exp Brain Res. 2019 Jan 03. PMID: 30607471.
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    2. Dowdle LT, Brown TR, George MS, Hanlon CA. Single pulse TMS to the DLPFC, compared to a matched sham control, induces a direct, causal increase in caudate, cingulate, and thalamic BOLD signal. Brain Stimul. 2018 Feb 24. PMID: 29530447.
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    3. Kearney-Ramos TE, Lench DH, Hoffman M, Correia B, Dowdle LT, Hanlon CA. Gray and white matter integrity influence TMS signal propagation: a multimodal evaluation in cocaine-dependent individuals. Sci Rep. 2018 Feb 19; 8(1):3253. PMID: 29459743.
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    4. Li X, Sahlem GL, Badran BW, McTeague LM, Hanlon CA, Hartwell KJ, Henderson S, George MS. Transcranial magnetic stimulation of the dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex inhibits medial orbitofrontal activity in smokers. Am J Addict. 2017 Dec; 26(8):788-794. PMID: 28898485.
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    5. Hanlon CA, Dowdle LT, Correia B, Mithoefer O, Kearney-Ramos T, Lench D, Griffin M, Anton RF, George MS. Left frontal pole theta burst stimulation decreases orbitofrontal and insula activity in cocaine users and alcohol users. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 09 01; 178:310-317. PMID: 28686990.
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    6. Summers PM, Hanlon CA. BrainRuler-a free, open-access tool for calculating scalp to cortex distance. Brain Stimul. 2017 Sep - Oct; 10(5):1009-1010. PMID: 28528737.
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    7. Lench DH, DeVries W, Hanlon CA. The effect of task difficulty on motor performance and frontal-striatal connectivity in cocaine users. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 04 01; 173:178-184. PMID: 28260681.
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    8. Hanlon C. Blunt or precise? A note about the relative precision of figure-of-eight rTMS coils. Brain Stimul. 2017 Mar - Apr; 10(2):338-339. PMID: 28126249.
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    9. Hanlon CA, Dowdle LT, Jones JL. Biomarkers for Success: Using Neuroimaging to Predict Relapse and Develop Brain Stimulation Treatments for Cocaine-Dependent Individuals. Int Rev Neurobiol. 2016; 129:125-56. PMID: 27503451.
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    10. Canterberry M, Peltier MR, Brady KT, Hanlon CA. Attenuated neural response to emotional cues in cocaine-dependence: a preliminary analysis of gender differences. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2016 09; 42(5):577-586. PMID: 27441590.
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    11. Hanlon CA, Dowdle LT, Moss H, Canterberry M, George MS. Mobilization of Medial and Lateral Frontal-Striatal Circuits in Cocaine Users and Controls: An Interleaved TMS/BOLD Functional Connectivity Study. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2016 12; 41(13):3032-3041. PMID: 27374278.
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    12. Dunlop K, Hanlon CA, Downar J. Noninvasive brain stimulation treatments for addiction and major depression. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2017 Apr; 1394(1):31-54. PMID: 26849183.
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    13. Mullins CR, Hanlon CA. MAVIN: An Open-Source Tool for Interactive Analysis and Visualization of EMG Data. Brain Stimul. 2016 Mar-Apr; 9(2):305-6. PMID: 26970384.
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    14. Hartwell KJ, Hanlon CA, Li X, Borckardt JJ, Canterberry M, Prisciandaro JJ, Moran-Santa Maria MM, LeMatty T, George MS, Brady KT. Individualized real-time fMRI neurofeedback to attenuate craving in nicotine-dependent smokers. J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2016 Jan; 41(1):48-55. PMID: 26505139; PMCID: PMC4688028.
    15. Wesley MJ, Lile JA, Hanlon CA, Porrino LJ. Abnormal medial prefrontal cortex activity in heavy cannabis users during conscious emotional evaluation. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2016 Mar; 233(6):1035-44. PMID: 26690589.
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    16. Bickel WK, Snider SE, Quisenberry AJ, Stein JS, Hanlon CA. Competing neurobehavioral decision systems theory of cocaine addiction: From mechanisms to therapeutic opportunities. Prog Brain Res. 2016; 223:269-93. PMID: 26806781.
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    17. Hanlon CA, DeVries W, Dowdle LT, West JA, Siekman B, Li X, George MS. A comprehensive study of sensorimotor cortex excitability in chronic cocaine users: Integrating TMS and functional MRI data. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Dec 01; 157:28-35. PMID: 26541870.
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    18. Hanlon CA, Dowdle LT, Austelle CW, DeVries W, Mithoefer O, Badran BW, George MS. What goes up, can come down: Novel brain stimulation paradigms may attenuate craving and craving-related neural circuitry in substance dependent individuals. Brain Res. 2015 Dec 02; 1628(Pt A):199-209. PMID: 25770818.
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    19. Williams NR, Taylor JJ, Lamb K, Hanlon CA, Short EB, George MS. Role of functional imaging in the development and refinement of invasive neuromodulation for psychiatric disorders. World J Radiol. 2014 Oct 28; 6(10):756-78. PMID: 25349661; PMCID: PMC4209423.
    20. Hanlon CA, Owens MM, Joseph JE, Zhu X, George MS, Brady KT, Hartwell KJ. Lower subcortical gray matter volume in both younger smokers and established smokers relative to non-smokers. Addict Biol. 2016 Jan; 21(1):185-95. PMID: 25125263; PMCID: PMC4326619 [Available on 01/01/17].
    21. Hanlon CA, Dowdle LT, Naselaris T, Canterberry M, Cortese BM. Visual cortex activation to drug cues: a meta-analysis of functional neuroimaging papers in addiction and substance abuse literature. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Oct 01; 143:206-12. PMID: 25155889; PMCID: PMC4161649.
    22. Stoeckel LE, Garrison KA, Ghosh S, Wighton P, Hanlon CA, Gilman JM, Greer S, Turk-Browne NB, deBettencourt MT, Scheinost D, Craddock C, Thompson T, Calderon V, Bauer CC, George M, Breiter HC, Whitfield-Gabrieli S, Gabrieli JD, LaConte SM, Hirshberg L, Brewer JA, Hampson M, Van Der Kouwe A, Mackey S, Evins AE. Optimizing real time fMRI neurofeedback for therapeutic discovery and development. Neuroimage Clin. 2014; 5:245-55. PMID: 25161891; PMCID: PMC4141981.
    23. Moran-Santa Maria MM, Hartwell KJ, Hanlon CA, Canterberry M, Lematty T, Owens M, Brady KT, George MS. Right anterior insula connectivity is important for cue-induced craving in nicotine-dependent smokers. Addict Biol. 2015 Mar; 20(2):407-14. PMID: 24529072; PMCID: PMC4133311.
    24. Goldman RL, Canterberry M, Borckardt JJ, Madan A, Byrne TK, George MS, O'Neil PM, Hanlon CA. Executive control circuitry differentiates degree of success in weight loss following gastric-bypass surgery. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Nov; 21(11):2189-2196. PMID: 24136926; PMCID: PMC4196691.
    25. Li X, Malcolm RJ, Huebner K, Hanlon CA, Taylor JJ, Brady KT, George MS, See RE. Low frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation of the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex transiently increases cue-induced craving for methamphetamine: a preliminary study. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013 Dec 01; 133(2):641-6. PMID: 24028801; PMCID: PMC4196687.
    26. Canterberry M, Hanlon CA, Hartwell KJ, Li X, Owens M, LeMatty T, Prisciandaro JJ, Borckardt J, Saladin ME, Brady KT, George MS. Sustained reduction of nicotine craving with real-time neurofeedback: exploring the role of severity of dependence. Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 Dec; 15(12):2120-4. PMID: 23935182; PMCID: PMC3819983.
    27. Hanlon CA, Canterberry M, Taylor JJ, DeVries W, Li X, Brown TR, George MS. Probing the frontostriatal loops involved in executive and limbic processing via interleaved TMS and functional MRI at two prefrontal locations: a pilot study. PLoS One. 2013; 8(7):e67917. PMID: 23874466; PMCID: PMC3706588.
    28. Hanlon CA, Hartwell KJ, Canterberry M, Li X, Owens M, Lematty T, Prisciandaro JJ, Borckardt J, Brady KT, George MS. Reduction of cue-induced craving through realtime neurofeedback in nicotine users: the role of region of interest selection and multiple visits. Psychiatry Res. 2013 Jul 30; 213(1):79-81. PMID: 23683344; PMCID: PMC4093788.
    29. Hanlon CA, Beveridge TJ, Porrino LJ. Recovering from cocaine: insights from clinical and preclinical investigations. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2013 Nov; 37(9 Pt A):2037-46. PMID: 23628740; PMCID: PMC3935515.
    30. Li X, Hartwell KJ, Owens M, Lematty T, Borckardt JJ, Hanlon CA, Brady KT, George MS. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex reduces nicotine cue craving. Biol Psychiatry. 2013 Apr 15; 73(8):714-20. PMID: 23485014; PMCID: PMC3615051.
    31. Taylor JJ, Borckardt JJ, Canterberry M, Li X, Hanlon CA, Brown TR, George MS. Naloxone-reversible modulation of pain circuitry by left prefrontal rTMS. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2013 Jun; 38(7):1189-97. PMID: 23314221; PMCID: PMC3656361.
    32. Hanlon CA, Canterberry M. The use of brain imaging to elucidate neural circuit changes in cocaine addiction. Subst Abuse Rehabil. 2012 Sep; 3(1):115-128. PMID: 23162375.
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    33. Hanlon CA, Jones EM, Li X, Hartwell KJ, Brady KT, George MS. Individual variability in the locus of prefrontal craving for nicotine: implications for brain stimulation studies and treatments. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2012 Oct 01; 125(3):239-43. PMID: 22459915.
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    34. Hanlon CA, Dufault DL, Wesley MJ, Porrino LJ. Elevated gray and white matter densities in cocaine abstainers compared to current users. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2011 Dec; 218(4):681-92. PMID: 21691942; PMCID: PMC3197798.
    35. Hanlon CA, Wesley MJ, Stapleton JR, Laurienti PJ, Porrino LJ. The association between frontal-striatal connectivity and sensorimotor control in cocaine users. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2011 Jun 01; 115(3):240-3. PMID: 21193273; PMCID: PMC3499027.
    36. Wesley MJ, Hanlon CA, Porrino LJ. Poor decision-making by chronic marijuana users is associated with decreased functional responsiveness to negative consequences. Psychiatry Res. 2011 Jan 30; 191(1):51-9. PMID: 21145211; PMCID: PMC3125637.
    37. Hanlon CA, Wesley MJ, Roth AJ, Miller MD, Porrino LJ. Loss of laterality in chronic cocaine users: an fMRI investigation of sensorimotor control. Psychiatry Res. 2010 Jan 30; 181(1):15-23. PMID: 19959345; PMCID: PMC2794910.
    38. Hanlon CA, Wesley MJ, Porrino LJ. Loss of functional specificity in the dorsal striatum of chronic cocaine users. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2009 Jun 01; 102(1-3):88-94. PMID: 19264428; PMCID: PMC3124239.
    39. Beveridge TJ, Gill KE, Hanlon CA, Porrino LJ. Review. Parallel studies of cocaine-related neural and cognitive impairment in humans and monkeys. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2008 Oct 12; 363(1507):3257-66. PMID: 18640916; PMCID: PMC2607331.
    40. Hanlon CA, Buffington AL, McKeown MJ. New brain networks are active after right MCA stroke when moving the ipsilesional arm. Neurology. 2005 Jan 11; 64(1):114-20. PMID: 15642913.
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    41. Buffington AL, Hanlon CA, McKeown MJ. Acute and persistent pain modulation of attention-related anterior cingulate fMRI activations. Pain. 2005 Jan; 113(1-2):172-84. PMID: 15621378.
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    42. McKeown MJ, Hanlon CA. A post-processing/region of interest (ROI) method for discriminating patterns of activity in statistical maps of fMRI data. J Neurosci Methods. 2004 May 30; 135(1-2):137-47. PMID: 15020098.
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