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Suchismita Ray, Ph.D.

The mission of the Addiction Neuroimaging Lab is to elucidate the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying addictive behaviors by utilizing cognitive tasks, functional magnetic resonance imaging and computational tools. As a Principal Investigator of an NIH funded Career Development K01 grant, Dr. Ray investigated brain connectivity and memory in chronic cocaine users. Currently, as a Principal Investigator of an NIH funded R03 grant, she is investigating brain changes in prescription opioid dependent individuals. Dr. Ray’s research activities are geared toward improving the precision of interventions for individuals with opioid and other drug use disorders.

Mr. Anthony Mayo

Ph.D. Student

mayoal@njms.rutgers.edu

Ms. Jennifer McMaster

Ph.D. Student

mcmastje@shp.rutgers.edu

Mr. Timothy Bristol

Ph.D. Student

tab253@shp.rutgers.edu

Mr. Daniel Brown

Ph.D. Student

dab428@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

Mr. Travis Rixha

Research Assistant

tr392@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

Mr. Muhammad Mudassir

Research Assistant

msm311@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

If you would like to know more about this lab’s activities or would like to join the lab, please email at raylab@shp.rutgers.edu

Refereed Journal Articles

Ray, S. & Reich, W. (2018). Prescription opioid and stress (editorial). Journal of

Alcoholism and Drug Dependence 6: e146. doi:10.4172/2329-6488.1000e146.

Yan, L., Lu, W., Gao, N., & Ray, S. (2019). Effects of electro-acupuncture in reducing

depression and anxiety during heroin withdrawal: A randomized controlled trial.

Journal of Complementary Medicine and Alternative Healthcare, 8(5): 555747. DOI: 10.19080/JCMAH.2019.08.555747.

Ray, S. & Haney, M. (2018). An fMRI study to examine recognition memory for

appetitive cocaine picture stimuli in non-treatment seeking cocaine smokers.

Drugs and Alcohol Addiction, 1, 1-8.

Ray. S., Biswal, B.B., Aya, A., Gohel, S., Srinagesh, A., Hanson, C., & Hanson, S. J.

(2017). Modeling causal relationships among brain areas in the mesocorticolimbic system during resting-state in cocaine users utilizing a graph theoretic approach. Journal of Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, 5(4). pii: 279. doi: 10.4172/2329-6488.1000279.

Ray, S. (2017). Examining brain networks in prescription opioid users. Journal of Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, 5(2). pii: e137. doi: 10.4172/2329-6488.1000e137

 

Ray, S., Di, X., & Biswal, B. B. (2016). Effective connectivity within the mesocorticolimbic system during resting-state in cocaine users. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience,10: 563.

Ray, S. (2016). Brain structural and functional changes in cocaine users during abstinence. Journal of Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, 4:5 DOI: 10.4172/2329-6488.1000e134

Nguyen-Louie, T. T., Buckman, J. F., Ray, S., & Bates, M. E. (2016). Drinkers’ memory bias for alcohol picture cues in explicit and implicit memory tasks. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 160, 90-6. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.12.033.

Ray, S., Gohel, S., & Biswal, B. B. (2015). Altered functional connectivity strength in abstinent chronic cocaine smokers compared to healthy controls. Brain Connectivity, 5, 476-86.

Ray, S., Haney, M., Hanson, C., Biswal, B., & Hanson, S. J. (2015). Modeling causal relationship between brain regions within the drug-cue processing network in chronic cocaine smokers. Neuropsychopharmacology, 40, 2960-8.

Ray, S., Pandina, R., & Bates, M. E. (2014). Memory for drug related visual stimuli in young adults, cocaine dependent polydrug users. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 40, 170-175.

Lehrer, P., Buckman, J. F., Mun, E. Y., Vaschillo, E. G., Vaschillo, B., Ray, S., Udo, T., Nguyen, T., Bates, M. E. (2013). Negative mood and alcohol problems are related to respiratory dynamics in young adults. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 38, 273-83. doi:10.1007/s10484-013-9230-9. (in erratum).

Ray, S. (2013). Neurocognitive mechanisms in cocaine users. Journal of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. 1: e102. doi: 10.4172/2329-6488.1000e102

Ray, S. (2012). Cocaine, appetitive memory, and neural connectivity. Journal of Clinical Toxicology, 3, 1-7. doi: 10.4172/2161-0495.S7-003

 

Ray, S., Mun, E. Y., Buckman, J., Udo, T., & Bates, M. E. (2012). Memory for emotional picture cues during acute alcohol intoxication. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73, 718-725.

Ray, S., Pandina, R. J., & Reich, W. A. (2010). Semantic structure of alcohol and marijuana categories in memory. International Journal on Disability and Human Development, 9, 343 – 347.

Ray, S., Hanson, C., Hanson, S. J., & Bates, M. E. (2010). fMRI BOLD response in high-risk college students (Part 1): During exposure to alcohol, marijuana, polydrug and emotional picture cues. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 45, 437 – 443.

Ray, S., Hanson, C., Hanson, S. J., Rahman, R. M., & Bates, M. E. (2010). fMRI BOLD response in high-risk college students (Part 2): During memory priming of alcohol, marijuana and polydrug picture cues. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 45, 444 – 448.

Ray, S., & Bates, M. E. (2009). Explicit memory under acute alcohol challenge. (In L. Sher, I. Kandel & J. Merrick (Eds.), Alcohol Related Cognitive Disorders: Research and Clinical Perspectives. Nova Science Publishers.

Udo, T., Bates, M. E., Vaschillo, E., Vaschillo, B., Lehrer, P., Mun E. Y., & Ray, S. (2009). Gender differences in acute alcohol effects on self-regulation of arousal in response to emotional and alcohol-related picture cues. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23, 196-204.

Vaschillo, E., Bates, M. E., Vaschillo, B., Lehrer, P., Udo, T., Mun, E. Y., & Ray, S. (2008). Heart rate variability response to alcohol, placebo, and emotional picture cue challenges: Effects of 0.1 Hz stimulation. Psychophysiology, 45, 847 – 858.

Ray, S. (2008). Two routes for activation in the priming of categorical co-ordinates. The Journal of General Psychology, 135, 65 – 83.

Ray, S. (2008). An investigation of time course of category and semantic priming. The Journal of General Psychology, 135, 133-148.

Ray, S., & Bates, M. E. (2007). Acute effects of alcohol on intrusion errors in free recall tasks. International Journal on Disability and Human Development, 6, 201 – 205.

Ray, S., & Bly, B. M. (2007). Investigating long-term semantic priming of middle- and low-familiarity category exemplars. The Journal of General Psychology, 134, 453 – 466.

Reich, W. A., & Ray, S. (2006). Domain specific effects of central traits in impression formation. Psychological Reports, 98, 885 – 891.

Ray, S., & Bates, M. E. (2006). Acute alcohol effects on repetition priming and word recognition memory with equivalent memory cues. Brain and Cognition, 60, 118 – 127.

Ray, S., Bates, M. E., & Bly, B. M. (2004). Alcohol’s Dissociation of Implicit and Explicit Memory Processes: Implications of a Parallel Distributed Processing Model of Semantic Priming. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 12, 118 – 125.

Ceraso, J., Kourtzi, Z., & Ray, S. (1998). Integration of object properties. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 24, 1152 – 1161.

Grants and Awards

07/01/2019 – 06/30/2021 (Rutgers-Newark Initiative for Multidisciplinary Research Teams

Awards-IMRT) Co-Principal Investigator. Negative affect mechanisms underlying

opioid use in lab and daily life. $103,100.

09/01/2017 – 08/31/2020 (NCE)  Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA: I/START-Imaging Science Track Award for Research Transition). Prescription opiates, drug-cue processing network, and neural connectivity. $245,924.

03/01/2020 – 2/28/2022 Co-Investigator (R21, NIH/NIDA). Using combined EEG and

non-invasive brain stimulation to examine and improve cognitive control functioning in opioid use disorder. (Ist submission Impact Score 35). $400,000.

05/31/2018 – 5/30/2019 Co-Investigator, Rutgers Opioid IRG funding. Developing a

trauma-informed technology based psychosocial adjunct to MAT treatment for

female opioid users in primary care: A formative study (Principal Investigator,

Hien). $20,000.

2/1/2018 – 12/31/2018 Principal Investigator, Rutgers-Graduate School of Applied and

Professional Psychology (214:205740). Trauma related neurobiological predictors

of adverse child outcomes: Secondary analysis of the Healthy Brain Network

database. $ 9,312 (Co-PI: Hien)

04/01/11 -3/31/2018    Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA K01DA029047A). Career Development Award (K01). Mentors: Dr. Stephen J. Hanson (Rutgers Brain Imaging Center-Newark; Dr. Margaret Haney (Columbia University). Cocaine, Appetitive Memory, and Neural connectivity. $661,025.

02/01/2014 – 01/31/2017  Co-Investigator, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH/NIAAA, R21AA022748). fMRI and Integrated Neurocardiac Control of Alcohol Cue Reactivity. $406,876 (PI: Marsha E. Bates).

07/01/11- 6/30/2014  Co-Investigator, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA, R03 DA031060). Marijuana Cues, Arousal and the Central Autonomic Network. $227,652 (PI: Marsha E. Bates).

7/1/04 – 6/30/2010      Co- Investigator, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA/NIH R01 AA0 15248-05). Alcohol, Memory, and Affective Regulation (PI: Marsha E. Bates). $1,000,000.

7/1/04 – 9/30/2009   Co-Investigator, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA/NIH; P20 DA017552). Rutgers University Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center Grant (Co-Investigator, Project 3. PI: Robert J. Pandina). $6,000,000.

2009                Who’s Who Recognition

01/2008           Received a travel award to attend and present at the 2nd International Conference on Applications of NeuroImaging in Alcoholism. Sponsored by NIAAA and Yale Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism, held at Yale University School of Medicine, January 19-20, New Haven, CT.

2008                Faculty Academic Service Increment Program (Merit Award)

05/2007          Received a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA/NIH) Early Career Investigator Travel Award to attend the pre-conference and annual meeting of The Society for Prevention Research held at Washington, D.C. May 29-June 1.

2004                Faculty Academic Service Increment Program (Merit Award)

2/1/01 – 1/31/03         (Co-Principal Investigator) Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation. Alcohol’s Dissociation of Implicit and Explicit Memory Processes (PI: Benjamin Martin Bly). $78,000.

07/2002          Awarded a fellowship to the 2002 Summer Workshop in fMRI Informatics at the fMRI Data Center, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA.

Recent Conference Presentations

Ray, S., Mill, R. D. & Cole, M. W.  A large-scale reward-related brain network abnormality in   treatment-seeking prescription opioid dependent individuals. Dr. Ray gave an oral presentation on this topic under the “Late Breaking Research” category at The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) 81st Annual Scientific Meeting held at San Antonio, Texas, June 15 to June 19, 2019.

Bhanji, J., Delgado, M., & Ray, S. Neural correlates of decreased persistence behavior in

treatment-seeking prescription opioid dependent individuals. Dr. Ray gave an oral

presentation on this topic under “Imaging” category at The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) 81st Annual Scientific Meeting held at San Antonio, Texas, June 15 to June 19, 2019.

Recent Student Research Presentations

Ray, S. & Moya, A. Trends in substance use-related emergency room visits in the U.S.,

2004-2011. Presented at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Global Health Conference. Dec 5, 2018.

Moya, A. & Ray, S. Trends in substance use-related emergency room visits in the U.S.,

2004-2011. Presented at SHP Research and Scholarship Symposium. Rutgers

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Busch Campus, Piscataway. May 2, 2019.

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