Matt Sutherland Faculty Page

Matthew Sutherland, Assistant Professor



Education and Training

Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award, National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH, Baltimore, MD

Ph.D., Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience), University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM,

M.S., Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience), University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

B.A., Psychology, Ohio University, Athens, OH

Research Interests

Dr. Sutherland’s research focuses on understanding the impact of drug abuse on human brain function. Specifically, his research aims to understand the brain mechanisms that contribute to continued drug use with specific emphasis on nicotine addiction, marijuana use, and attentional process. Towards this goal, Dr. Sutherland’s research employs multiple neuroimaging tools (e.g., pharmacological, task-based and “resting-state” functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), simultaneous EEG/fMRI) to identify potential biomarkers for diagnosis and tracking of disease progression, new targets for therapeutic interventions, and strategies for expediting the implementation of personalized treatment. Dr. Sutherland is currently applying his cognitive neuroscience and drug abuse background to better understand the consequences of marijuana use on the brain function of individuals living with HIV/AIDS. His research is funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse/NIH.

Select Publications

Sutherland, M.T., Ray, K.L., Riedel, M.C., Stein, E.A., and Laird, A.R. (in submission). Neurobiological impact of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor stimulation: An ALE meta-analysis of pharmacological neuroimaging studies.

Sutherland, M.T., Liang X., Yang, Y., and Stein, E.A. (in press). Beyond functional localization: Advancing the understanding of addiction-related processes by examining brain connectivity. In S. Wilson (Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook on the Neuroscience of Addiction. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Carroll, A.J., †Sutherland, M.T., Salmeron, B.J., Ross, T.J., and Stein, E.A. (in press). Greater externalizing personality traits predict less error-related insula and anterior cingulate cortex activity in acutely abstinent cigarette smokers. Addiction Biology. DOI: 10.1111/adb.12118.

Sutherland, M.T., Carroll, A.J., Salmeron, B.J., Ross, T.J., Hong, L.E., and Stein, E.A. (2013). Down-regulation of amygdala and insula functional circuits by varenicline and nicotine in abstinent smokers. Biological Psychiatry, 74(7); 538-546. DOI:10.1016/ j.biopsych.2013.01.035. Featured as cover art.

Sutherland, M.T., Carroll, A.J., Salmeron, B.J., Ross, T.J., and Stein, E.A. (2013). Insula’s functional connectivity with ventromedial prefrontal cortex mediates the impact of trait alexithymia on state tobacco craving. Psychopharmacology, 228(1); 143-155 DOI:10.1007/s00213-013-3018-8.

Sutherland, M.T., Carroll, A.J., Salmeron, B.J., Ross, T.J., Hong, L.E., and Stein, E.A. (2013). Individual differences in amygdala reactivity following nicotinic receptor stimulation in abstinent smokers. NeuroImage, 66; 585-593. DOI:10.1016/j.neuroimage. 2012.10.043.

Sutherland, M.T., McHugh, M., Pariyadath, V., and Stein, E.A. (2012). Resting state functional connectivity in addiction: Lessons learned and a road ahead. NeuroImage, 62(4); 2281-2295.

Sutherland, M.T., Ross, T.J., Shakleya, D.M., Huestis, M., and Stein, E.A. (2011). Chronic smoking, but not acute nicotine administration, modulates neural correlates of working memory. Psychopharmacology, 213(1); 29-42.

Courses Taught

Sensation and Perception
Advanced Experimental Psychology Lecture & Lab
Research Methods
Cognitive Processes
Drugs and Behavior
Statistics Principles