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Timothy J. Wanger, PhD

McLean Hospital Title
Harvard Medical School Title
  • Research Fellow in Psychiatry


Timothy J. Wanger, PhD, is a post-doctoral fellow in the NIDA T32 Training program for drug misuse and brain imaging at McLean Hospital. His research aims to identify complex interactions between emotional, cognitive, and neuroendocrine systems and their involvement in addiction pathology. He uses multimodal neuroimaging techniques (e.g., resting state and task activation MRI, quantitative meta-analysis) in individuals with substance use disorders to understand how cognitive- and stress-related processes contribute to one’s likelihood to quit.

Dr. Wanger’s work also focuses on improving neuroimaging methodology. He utilizes data from the Human Connectome Project to refine data preprocessing protocols that will ultimately improve the validity of functional connectivity (fMRI) estimates. He is currently co-chair of the McLean Imaging Center’s Seminar Series, which features speakers who are on the forefront of clinical and imaging research.

Education & Training

  • 2009 BS in Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • 2009 BS in Biology, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • 2016 MS in Psychology, University of Georgia
  • 2020 PhD in Psychology, University of Georgia


Phone: 617.855.2672
Office Address: Belmont campus - McLean Imaging Center, Room 110