Charlotte Boettiger

Charlotte Boettiger

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

304B Davie Hall, CB 3271
235 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Boettiger Lab - CABLAB

Research Interests
Addiction, Executive Function, fMRI

Research Goals
My research focuses on investigating the neurobiology of cognitive intermediate phenotypes for addictive disorders. I am particularly interested in understanding perturbations to three aspects of the perception – action cycle: attentional bias toward addiction-related stimuli, stimulus-response association learning, and immediate reward selection bias. Integral to this work is understanding the therapeutic action of existing treatments and identifying new targets and strategies for preventing and treating addictive disorders. Our lab uses cognitive testing, neuroimaging, behavioral pharmacology, genetic, epigenetic, and hormone analysis methods in human subjects.


  1. Garland E, Boettiger CA, Gaylord S, Chanon VW Howard M (2012) Mindfulness is Inversely Associated with Alcohol Attentional Bias Among Recovering Alcohol-Dependent Adults. Cognitive Ther Res 36:441-450. PMCID:PMC3532517.
  2. Smith CS, Boettiger CA (2012) Age modulates the effect of COMT genotype on delay discounting behavior. Psychopharmacology 222:609-617. PMCID:PMC3401276.
  3. Garland E, Howard M, Boettiger CA (2011) Targeting Cognitive-Affective Risk Mechanisms in Stress-Precipitated Alcohol Misuse, Dependence, and Relapse: An Integrated, Biopsychosocial Model of Allostasis, Automaticity, and Addiction. Medical Hypotheses 76:745-54. PMCID: PMC3076531.
  4. Altamirano LJ, Fields HL, D’Esposito M, Boettiger CA (2011) Interaction Between Family History of Alcoholism and Locus of Control in the Opioid Regulation of Impulsive Responding under the Influence of Alcohol. Alcoholism Clin Exp Res. 35:1905-1914. PMCID: PMC3158828.
  5. Chanon VW, Sours CR, Boettiger CA (2010) Attentional bias toward cigarette cues in active smokers. Psychopharmacology, 212:309-320. PMCID: PMC2967198