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Staci Gruber, PhD

Staci Gruber, PhD

McLean Hospital Title:

Director, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core (CCNC); Director, Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND)

Harvard Medical School Title:

Associate Professor of Psychiatry


Dr. Gruber is director of the CCNC and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical and research focus is the application of neurocognitive models and multimodal brain imaging to better characterize neurobiological risk factors for substance abuse and psychopathology. Dr. Gruber’s lab has examined the etiologic bases of neural models of dysfunction in patients with psychiatric disorders as well as marijuana-abusing adults. She has published in numerous journals and been the focus of national and international symposia and press conferences.

Dr. Gruber is involved in the application of behavioral science to help shape policies regarding juvenile advocacy. Her ongoing initiative to educate policymakers, judges, attorneys and the public has had local and national impact. She also directs the MIND program, designed to clarify the effects of recreational and most recently, medical, marijuana on brain structure, function, and quality of life.

  • 1991 BMus in Jazz Studies/Vocal Performance, New England Conservatory of Music
  • 1991 BS in Psychology, Tufts University
  • 1995 EdM in Human Development and Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • 2000 MS in Psychology/Experimental Cognitive Neuroscience, Tufts University
  • 2002 PhD in Psychology/Experimental Cognitive Neuroscience, Tufts University
  • 2000-2002 Research Fellow, Psychiatry, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • 2002-2003 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Neuroimaging and Neuropsychology, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

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Office Address:

Belmont campus - McLean Imaging Center, Room 172