Dr. Dara Ghahremani is currently associate research faculty in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences in the Laboratory for Molecular Neuroimaging and collaborate in the Consortium for Neuropsychiatric Phenomics. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Russ Poldrack’s Lab at UCLA. He received his PhD in the Neuroscience area in the Psychology Department at Stanford with John Gabrieli (now at MIT). Before coming to Stanford, he worked in Terry Sejnowski’s Computational Neurobiology Lab at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies following his undergraduate education in Cognitive Science at UC San Diego. His research aims to understand self-control behavior, its neural basis, how it is compromised in substance abuse, and how it may be strengthened using both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. The self-control behaviors he focuses on include behavioral flexibility, response inhibition, and emotion regulation. He uses multiple neuroimaging techniques to investigate the neural basis of self-control, including functional MRI (fMRI) to measure brain activation while people perform various tests of self-control and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) to measure neurochemical markers of dopamine function. The interventions employed for potential enhancement of self-control behavior include medications that show promise for enhancing cognitive function and non-pharmacological approaches that activate the parasympathetic system, relieving stress and anxiety. His recent studies on non-pharmacological approaches have focused on the YES! for Schools program, a biopsychosocial workshop for adolescents that promotes self-regulation (based on breathing and meditation techniques).