Current projects involve the determination of these effects using neuroimaging tools (sMRI, DTI, task and resting state fMRI, EEG), neuromodulation, genetics and computational modeling following exposure to cannabinoids (THC,CBD) and opioids.

For more information about her research and other projects visit our research expertise page on Addiction or Dr. Filbey’s UTD lab page at 


News: Dr. Filbey’s book, “The Neuroscience of Addiction,” is available at Cambridge University Press.

This book addresses a growing need for accessible information on the neuroscience of addiction. In the past decade, neuroscientific research has greatly advanced our understanding of the brain mechanisms of addiction. However this information still remains largely confined to scientific outlets. As legislation continues to evolve and the stigma surrounding addiction persists, new findings on the impact of substances on the brain are an important public health issue. Francesca Mapua Filbey gives readers an overview of research on addiction including classic theories as well as current neuroscientific studies. A variety of textual supports – including a glossary, learning objectives and review questions – help students better reinforce their reading and make the text a ready-made complement to undergraduate and graduate courses on addiction.