Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Assistant Professor UCSD Neuropsychology
Address 858-552-8585 Ext.2799 3350 La Jolla Village Drive / San Diego, CA 92161

Graduate Institution

SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

Research Description

Dr. Spadoni uses functional neuroimaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the neural mechanisms driving the development and maintenance of comorbid post-traumatic stress disorder and alcohol use disorders and their empirically supported treatments. She is also interested in the direct and interactive effects of affective disorders and substance abuse on neurocognition and affective processing.

Representative Publications
  • Spadoni, A.D., Huang, M., & Simmons, A.N. (2017). Emerging approaches to neurocircuits in PTSD and TBI: Imaging the interplay of neural and emotional trauma. In: Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience. Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg.

  • Norman, S. B., Haller, M., Spadoni, A. D., Drummond, S. P., Risbrough, V., Hamblen, J. L., Trim, R.S., & Blanes, E. X. (2015). Maximizing the utility of a single site randomized controlled psychotherapy trial. Contemporary clinical trials 42:244-251.

  • Spadoni, A.D., Kosheleva, E., Buchsbaum, M.S., & Simmons, A. (2015). Neural correlates of malingering in mild traumatic brain injury: a positron emission tomography study. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging 233(3):367–372.


Alan Simmons / Sonya Norman / Jessica Bomyea / Katia Harle / Irina Strigo