Lisa Cottone, PhD

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Ph.D. Biopsychology

Professional Associations:

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Area of Focus:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Circadian rhythms
  • Brain processing during sleep and wakefulness
  • Addiction (including substances, food, gambling) and substance misuse
  • Neuroimaging tools in research
  • Electroencephalography tools (EEG, evoked potentials, event-related potentials) in research and clinical settings
  • Neuropsychological assessment in research
  • Relationship between substance misuse and mental health


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – Brookhaven National Labratory
Ph.D., Biopsychology – Stony Brook University
B.S., Psychology – Fordham University

Research Publications

  • Goldstein, Rita & Tomasi, Dardo & Alia-Klein, Nelly & Cottone, Lisa & Zhang, Lei & Telang, Frank & Volkow, Nora. (2007). Subjective sensitivity to monetary gradients is associated with frontolimbic activation to reward in cocaine abusers. Drug and alcohol dependence. 87. 233-40. 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2006.08.022.
  • Goldstein, Rita & Tomasi, Dardo & Rajaram, Suparna & Cottone, Lisa & Zhang, Lei & Maloney, Thomas & Telang, Frank & Alia-Klein, Nelly & Volkow, Nora. (2007). Role of the anterior cingulate and medial orbitofrontal cortex in processing drug cues in cocaine addiction. Neuroscience. 144. 1153-9. 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2006.11.024.
  • Goldstein, Rita & Alia-Klein, Nelly & Tomasi, Dardo & Zhang, Lei & Cottone, Lisa & Maloney, Thomas & Telang, Frank & Caparelli, Elisabeth & Chang, Linda & Ernst, Thomas & Samaras, Dimitris & Squires, Nancy & Volkow, Nora. (2007). Is Decreased Prefrontal Cortical Sensitivity to Monetary Reward Associated With Impaired Motivation and Self-Control in Cocaine Addiction?. The American journal of psychiatry. 164. 43-51. 10.1176/appi.ajp.164.1.43.
  • Goldstein, Rita & Cottone, Lisa & Jia, Zhiru & Maloney, Thomas & Volkow, Nora & Squires, Nancy. (2006). The effect of graded monetary reward on cognitive event-related potentials and behavior in young healthy adults. International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology. 62. 272-9. 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2006.05.006.
  • Cottone, L. A., Adamo, D., & Squires, N. K. (2004). The effect of unilateral somatosensory stimulation on hemispheric asymmetries during slow wave sleep. Sleep, 27(1), 63-68.

Book & Textbook Publications:

  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Project – Cognitive Processing of Auditory Stimuli during Sleep and Wakefulness: an Event-Related Potential Approach (2003). Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University, NY.
  • Goldstein, R., Alia-Klein, N., Cottone, L., & Volkow, N. (2006). The orbitofrontal cortex in drug addiction. The orbitofrontal cortex, 481-522.

Reviewed Articles

Professional Background

Dr. Lisa A. Cottone is a biopsychologist with a dual specialty in sleep and addiction. She received her doctorate in 2003 from Stony Brook University and then joined the Neuropsychoimaging group in the Medical Department of Brookhaven National Laboratory for post-doctoral research.

She is the author of several peer-reviewed research publications — including articles on brain activity during sleep and the neurobiological underpinnings of addiction. Dr. Cottone has expertise in research tools, including EEG, fMRI, and neuropsychological testing, and has taught courses in statistics for psychology, research methods, sleep and biorhythms, biopsychology, construction of personal identity, and origins of human nature.

Dr. Cottone is skilled at explaining complex neurobiological and psychological research findings in accessible terms for the general public to understand and benefit from. She has designed and created online educational material on several academic and clinical mental health topics ranging from depression and anxiety to spirituality and philosophy.