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Lisa Cottone PhD


Licensing & Certifications:

  • Ph.D. Biopsychology

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.

Lisa Cottone, PhD, has contributed her expertise not only to ChoosingTherapy.com but also to other publications. She conducted her doctoral research project on the cognitive processing of auditory stimuli during sleep and wakefulness, employing an event-related potential approach at Stony Brook University. Additionally, she co-authored a publication on the role of the orbitofrontal cortex in drug addiction alongside Goldstein, Alia-Klein, and Volkow in 2006.

Professional Affiliations:

American Academy of Sleep Medicine


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

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Areas of Focus

Dr. Lisa A. Cottone is revolutionizing lives through her insightful investigations into sleep, addiction, and mental well-being, while also spearheading advancements in our comprehension of sleep and its relationship with addiction.

Dr. Lisa A. Cottone employs various therapeutic methods in her practice, including:

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

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