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Kelly Courtney

Kelly is a 6th year clinical psychology graduate student

Research Interests: Kelly’s current research examines the neural markers of cue-induced methamphetamine craving in individuals with methamphetamine dependence. Her research goals are to elucidate the neurological pathways of craving and subjective responses to drugs of abuse using fMRI techniques. She received a National Research Service Award (NRSA) in 2013 to support her dissertation work. In addition, Kelly is interested in investigating the effects of various pharmacological compounds on neural markers of drug craving.

Clinical Work: Kelly's is currently serving as an advanced therapist at the UCLA Psychology Clinic. Through this placement, Kelly delivers evidence based treatments such as behavioral therapies, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), for a range of psychological disorders. In addition, Kelly is involved in delivering semi-structured diagnostic interviews, brief behavioral and motivational interventions for drug dependence, and in-depth neuropsychological assessments within the context of research conducted at the UCLA Addictions Lab.

Hobbies: Kelly enjoys foreign travel, playing with her dog, and spending time with her family in the mountains of New Mexico.

Kelly's Take on Los Angeles: "Even though Los Angeles is a huge city, the relaxed and overall friendly culture of the residents makes you feel welcome almost anywhere you go... oh and don't forget the amazing weather!"

View Kelly's CV here.

Select Publications:


Courtney, K.E. & Ray, L.A. (2014). Subjective response to alcohol in the lab predicts neural response to alcohol cues. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75, 124-135. PMCID: PMC3893626. PDF

Courtney, K.E., Ghahremani, D.G., & Ray, L.A. (2013). Fronto-striatal functional connectivity during response inhibition in alcohol dependence. Addiction Biology, 18, 593-604. PMCID: PMC3683582. PDF

Courtney, K.E., Arellano, R., Levenson, E.B., Gálvan, A., Poldrack, R., MacKillop, J., Jentsch, J D., & Ray, L.A. (2012). The relationship between dimensions of impulsivity and alcohol misuse: A structural equation modeling approach. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 36, 923-931. PMCID: PMC3291799. PDF

Poster Presented at RSA 2014 View Here