Treating Addiction

The School of Psychology, Family, and Community is pleased to announce that Kathy Lustyk, professor of psychology, was recently awarded a $21,600 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This grant will fund Professor Lustyk’s training in functional magnetic resonance imaging, and her pilot study titled “Brain Activation in Women Treated With Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP).”

The significance of this study lies in part with its innovation. MBRP is a new treatment for addiction, and its effects on the craving circuitry in women have not been tested. Understanding the underlying brain mechanisms of a therapy like MBRP can propel it toward evidence-based treatment status.

This grant will also result in SPU being listed on the National Institutes of Health website “ ”– an international registry that offers up-to-date information for locating federally and privately supported clinical trials for a wide range of diseases and conditions. Congratulations, Professor Lustyk!

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010