Catherine Fassbender, Ph.D.

Catherine Fassbender, Ph.D.Associate Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis MIND Institute and UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine
UC Davis MIND Institute
2825 50th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817


Phone:  916-703-0265

Dr. Fassbender graduated from the Trinity College Dublin, Department of Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience, graduate program in 2005, under the mentorship of Drs. Hugh Garavan and Ian Robertson. Her graduate work involved investigating cognitive control processes in the typically developing brain using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). She then joined Dr. Julie Schweitzer at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, where she began to investigate cognitive control in children and adolescents with ADHD. In 2007 she moved to the UC Davis MIND Institute and Department of Psychiatry where she continued researching cognitive control in ADHD. More recently she has begun investigating cognitive impairments in individuals with ADHD and substance dependence with Dr. Salo at the UC Davis Imaging Research Center. Dr. Fassbender became a member of the MIND Institute faculty in 2012. She is a cognitive neuroscientist who’s interests include understanding the neural correlates of cognitive control processes in the typically developing brain, in ADHD and in substance abuse, through the use of behavioral, functional neuroimaging and electrophysiological methods. Dr. Fassbender’s goal is to better understand the cognitive impairments in ADHD in order to inform targeted treatments and to identify patterns of brain and behavior function that will inform the early identification of individuals vulnerable to substance dependence with the goal of prevention.


B.A., Psychology, University College Dublin, Ireland, 2000
Grad. Dip., Statistics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2002
Ph.D., Cognitive Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2005

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