Rita Goldstein Icahn School of Medicine, USA

Dr Goldstein is a Professor of Psychiatry with a secondary appointment in the Department of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) in NY. Dr Goldstein is chief of the Brain Imaging Center (BIC) at ISMMS; she also directs the NARC (Neuropsychoimaging of Addiction and Related Conditions) research group that uses multimodality functional neuroimaging methods to explore the neurobiological basis of impaired cognitive and emotional functioning in human drug addiction and other disorders of self-control. An important application of this research is to facilitate the development of intervention modalities that would improve treatment outcomes in drug addiction and other chronically relapsing disorders of self-regulation. Nationally and internationally known for her neuroimaging and neuropsychological studies in drug addiction, Dr. Goldstein formulated a theoretical model known as Impaired Response Inhibition and Salience Attribution (iRISA). The model uses multiple neuroimaging modalities—including MRI, EEG/ERP, PET—and neuropsychological tests to explore the neurobiological underpinnings of iRISA in drug addiction and related conditions. Dr Goldstein became fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) in January 2015, receiving the prestigious Joel Elkes Research Award in 2012 and the Jacob P. Waletzky Award in 2013.