Catherine Fassbender


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Dr. Catherine Fassbender, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Psychology in the School of Psychology, Dublin City University (DCU) and a member of the DCU Anti-Bullying Centre

She received her BA in Psychology from University College Dublin in 1999. Within the Department of Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin, under the supervision of Professor Hugh Garavan and Professor Ian Robertson she received a Graduate Diploma in Statistics in 2002 and a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2005. Her graduate work, supported by a Government of Ireland Research Scholarship for the Humanities and Social Sciences, involved investigating cognitive control through the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Dr. Fassbender subsequently moved to the University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, where, as a Post-Doctoral Research fellow, under the supervision of Professor Julie Schweitzer, she examined cognitive control in children and adolescents with ADHD. In 2007 Dr. Fassbender accepted a position at the University of California, Davis MIND Institute and Department of Psychiatry within the Medical School in Sacramento, California, USA where she completed her Post-Doctoral post. In 2008 she received a Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship in ADHD to continue her work in cognitive control and ADHD.

Dr. Fassbender became a member of the UC Davis MIND Institute faculty in 2012. She expanded her research interests to include the examination of cognitive impairments in other clinical disorders such as substance dependence at the UC Davis Imaging Research Center, under the supervision of Dr. Ruth Salo, as an Assistant Professional Researcher.  She received funding from the US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse to examine cognitive control processes in ADHD and substance abuse comorbidity and to examine risk for relapse in poly-substance abuse. She was also a co-investigator on a number of projects including those examining ADHD, development across adolescence through young adulthood, as well as adolescent substance use. She also received the Joe P. Tupin Research Award from the UC Davis Dept. Psychiatry in 2013 and was promoted to Associate Professor in Psychiatry in 2016.

Dr. Fassbender joined the DCU School of Psychology in September 2019. She is the Module Co-Ordinator for PSYC516 Advanced Psychological Research Methods and PSYC515 Specialist Review in Psychology and Wellbeing within the MSc in Psychology and Wellbeing.

Dr. Fassbender's research interests include understanding the neural correlates of cognitive control processes in clinical disorders, examining cognition and reward processing following long-term substance abuse, determining neural risk factors for relapse from sobriety in substance users and examining the neural and behavioural risk factors for substance abuse in adolescents.  She conducts her research using behavioural, functional neuroimaging and electrophysiological methods. Her goal is to better understand the cognitive impairments in clinical disorders in order to inform targeted treatments. She is also interested in identifying patterns of brain and behaviour function that will inform the early identification of individuals vulnerable to substance dependence with the goal of prevention.

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2012 Schweitzer, J.B., Fassbender, C, Lit, L, Reeves, G.M., Powell, S.P.H. (2012) 'Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder' In: NEUROBIOLOGY OF PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS. SARA BURGERHARTSTRAAT 25, PO BOX 211, 1000 AE AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS : ELSEVIER SCIENCE.
2011 Salo, R, Fassbender, C (2011) 'Structural, functional and spectroscopic MRI studies of Methamphetamine addiction' In: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences (CTBN series). “Brain Imaging in Behavioral Neuroscience. Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer.
2004 Garavan, H., Hester, R., Fassbender, C (2004) 'The Impact of Individual Differences and Prefrontal Control on Acton Monitoring revealed through fMRI' In: Errors, Conflicts and the Brain. Current Opinions on Performance Monitoring. Dortmund, Germany : Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2023 Robinson, A;Cooney, A;Fassbender, C;McGovern, DP (2023) 'Examining the Relationship Between HIV-Related Stigma and the Health and Wellbeing of Children and Adolescents Living with HIV: A Systematic Review'. AIDS and Behavior, . [DOI]
2022 Mukherjee, Prerona;Vilgis, Veronika;Rhoads, Shawn;Rajpreet, Chahal;Fassbender, Catherine;Leibenluft, Ellen;Dixon, J. Faye;Pakyurek, Murat;van den Bos, Wouter;Hinshaw, Stephen P;Guyer, Amanda, E.;Schweitzer, Julie B (2022) 'Associations of Irritability With Functional Connectivity of Amygdala and Nucleus Accumbens in Adolescents and Young Adults With ADHD'. Journal Of Attention Disorders, 26 (7):1040-1050. [DOI]
2022 Khoshfetrat, A.;Scully, D.;Fassbender, C. (2022) 'Effects of behavioral inhibition/activation systems on anger rumination and anger expression through Difficulty in Emotion Regulation'. PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES, 191 . [Link] [DOI]
2021 Mukherjee, P., Hartanto, T., Iosif, A-M., Dixon, J.F., Hinshaw, S.P., Pakyurek, M., van den Bos, W., Guyer, A.E., McClure, S.M., Schweitzer, J.B. & Fassbender, C. (2021) 'Neural Basis of Working Memory in ADHD: Load versus Complexity'. NeuroImage: Clinical, .
2020 Wang H;Lesh TA;Maddock RJ;Fassbender C;Carter CS; (2020) 'Delay discounting abnormalities are seen in first-episode schizophrenia but not in bipolar disorder'. Schizophrenia Research, 216 . [DOI]
2020 Swartz JR;Weissman DG;Ferrer E;Beard SJ;Fassbender C;Robins RW;Hastings PD;Guyer AE; (2020) 'Reward-Related Brain Activity Prospectively Predicts Increases in Alcohol Use in Adolescents'. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 59 (3). [DOI]
2020 McCarthy JJ;Graas J;Leamon MH;Ward C;Vasti EJ;Fassbender C; (2020) 'The Use of the Methadone/Metabolite Ratio (MMR) to Identify an Individual Metabolic Phenotype and Assess Risks of Poor Response and Adverse Effects: Towards Scientific Methadone Dosing'. Journal of Addiction Medicine, . [DOI]
2018 Fassbender C; (2018) 'Dimensional and Categorical Approaches to Understanding Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: New Frontiers in Translational Research'. Biological Psychiatry. Cognitive Neuroscience And Neuroimaging, 3 (8). [DOI]
2018 McCarthy JJ;Vasti EJ;Leamon MH;Graas J;Ward C;Fassbender C; (2018) 'The Use of Serum Methadone/Metabolite Ratios to Monitor Changing Perinatal Pharmacokinetics'. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 12 (3):241-246. [DOI]
2017 McCarthy JJ;Leamon MH;Finnegan LP;Fassbender C; (2017) 'Opioid dependence and pregnancy: minimizing stress on the fetal brain'. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 216 (3). [DOI]
2017 Fassbender C;Mukherjee P;Schweitzer JB; (2017) 'Minimizing noise in pediatric task-based functional MRI; Adolescents with developmental disabilities and typical development'. NeuroImage, 149 . [DOI]
2015 Fassbender C;Lesh TA;Ursu S;Salo R; (2015) 'Reaction time variability and related brain activity in methamphetamine psychosis'. Biological Psychiatry, 77 (5). [DOI]
2015 Weissman DG;Schriber RA;Fassbender C;Atherton O;Krafft C;Robins RW;Hastings PD;Guyer AE; (2015) 'Earlier adolescent substance use onset predicts stronger connectivity between reward and cognitive control brain networks'. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 16 . [DOI]
2015 Fassbender C;Krafft CE;Schweitzer JB; (2015) 'Differentiating SCT and inattentive symptoms in ADHD using fMRI measures of cognitive control'. NeuroImage: Clinical, 8 . [DOI]
2014 Fassbender C;Houde S;Silver-Balbus S;Ballard K;Kim B;Rutledge KJ;Dixon JF;Iosif AM;Schweitzer JB;McClure SM; (2014) 'The decimal effect: behavioral and neural bases for a novel influence on intertemporal choice in healthy individuals and in ADHD'. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26 (11). [DOI]
2014 Mazaheri A;Fassbender C;Coffey-Corina S;Hartanto TA;Schweitzer JB;Mangun GR; (2014) 'Differential oscillatory electroencephalogram between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder subtypes and typically developing adolescents'. Biological Psychiatry, 76 (5). [DOI]
2014 Fassbender C;Scangos K;Lesh TA;Carter CS; (2014) 'RT distributional analysis of cognitive-control-related brain activity in first-episode schizophrenia'. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 14 (1). [DOI]
2013 Salo R;Fassbender C;Buonocore MH;Ursu S; (2013) 'Behavioral regulation in methamphetamine abusers: an fMRI study'. Psychiatry Research, 211 (3). [DOI]
2013 Salo R;Fassbender C;Iosif AM;Ursu S;Leamon MH;Carter C; (2013) 'Predictors of methamphetamine psychosis: history of ADHD-relevant childhood behaviors and drug exposure'. Psychiatry Research, 210 (2). [DOI]
2012 Green CT;Long DL;Green D;Iosif AM;Dixon JF;Miller MR;Fassbender C;Schweitzer JB; (2012) 'Will working memory training generalize to improve off-task behavior in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder?'. Neurotherapeutics, 9 (3). [DOI]
2012 Europe PubMed Central (2012) 'Structural, functional and spectroscopic MRI studies of methamphetamine addiction'. Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences, . [Link] [DOI]
2012 Europe PubMed Central (2012) 'Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder'. Handbook of Clinical Neurology, . [Link] [DOI]
2011 Salo R;Gabay S;Fassbender C;Henik A; (2011) 'Distributed attentional deficits in chronic methamphetamine abusers: evidence from the Attentional Network Task (ANT)'. Brain and Cognition, 77 (3). [DOI]
2011 Salo R;Ravizza S;Fassbender C; (2011) 'Overlapping cognitive patterns in schizophrenia and methamphetamine dependence'. Cognitive and behavioral neurology : official journal of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology, 24 (4). [DOI]
2011 Miller M;Hanford RB;Fassbender C;Duke M;Schweitzer JB; (2011) 'Affect recognition in adults with ADHD'. Journal Of Attention Disorders, 15 (6). [DOI]
2011 Fassbender C;Schweitzer JB;Cortes CR;Tagamets MA;Windsor TA;Reeves GM;Gullapalli R; (2011) 'Working memory in attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is characterized by a lack of specialization of brain function'. PLoS ONE, 6 (11). [DOI]
2009 Fassbender C;Zhang H;Buzy WM;Cortes CR;Mizuiri D;Beckett L;Schweitzer JB; (2009) 'A lack of default network suppression is linked to increased distractibility in ADHD'. Journal of Brain Research, 1273 . [DOI]
2009 Fassbender C;Hester R;Murphy K;Foxe JJ;Foxe DM;Garavan H; (2009) 'Prefrontal and midline interactions mediating behavioural control'. European Journal of Neuroscience, 29 (1). [DOI]
2006 Fassbender C;Schweitzer JB; (2006) 'Is there evidence for neural compensation in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? A review of the functional neuroimaging literature'. Clinical Psychology Review, 26 (4). [DOI]
2006 Garavan H;Hester R;Murphy K;Fassbender C;Kelly C; (2006) 'Individual differences in the functional neuroanatomy of inhibitory control'. Journal of Brain Research, 1105 (1). [DOI]
2006 Fassbender C;Foxe JJ;Garavan H; (2006) 'Mapping the functional anatomy of task preparation: priming task-appropriate brain networks'. Human Brain Mapping, 27 (10). [DOI]
2006 Fassbender C.;Simoes-Franklin C.;Murphy K.;Hester R.;Meaney J.;Roberton I.;Garavan H. (2006) 'The role of a right fronto-parietal network in cognitive control: Common activations for Cues-to-Attend and response inhibition'. Journal of Psychophysiology, 20 (4):286-296. [DOI]
2004 Hester R;Fassbender C;Garavan H; (2004) 'Individual differences in error processing: a review and reanalysis of three event-related fMRI studies using the GO/NOGO task'. Cerebral Cortex, 14 (9). [DOI]
2004 Fassbender C;Murphy K;Foxe JJ;Wylie GR;Javitt DC;Robertson IH;Garavan H; (2004) 'A topography of executive functions and their interactions revealed by functional magnetic resonance imaging'. Cognitive Brain Research, 20 (2). [DOI]

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2015 Carter, CS, Phillips, R, Fassbender, C, Lesh, TA, Ragland, JD, Niendam, T (2015) 15th International Congress on Schizophrenia Research (ICOSR) . In: SCHIZOPHRENIA BULLETIN eds. ATTENTION LAPSES, PERCEPTION AND COGNITIVE CONTROL IN SCHIZOPHRENIA Colorado Springs, CO 28/03/2015- 01/04/2015
2001 Garavan, Hugh, Fassbender, Catherine, Murphy, K., Sweet, L., Rao, Stephen, Stein, Elliot. (2001) Organization for Human Brain Mapping Quantitative age-related differences in functional recruitment in a working memory task
2001 Garavan, Hugh, Murphy, K., Ross, T.R., Risinger, Robert, Rainey, C., Fassbender, Catherine, Stein, E.A., Li, S. (2001) Organization for Human Brain Mapping An event-related fMRI investigation of acute cocaine's effects on inhibitory control

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2023 Healy, Andrea;Fassbender, Catherine (2023) World Congress on Brain Injury Brain Injury Survivors through the eyes of the Irish Public Dublin, Ireland 29/03/2023- 01/04/2023.
2019 Mukherjee, Prerona, Sheppard, Jazmin, L., Menor, M. Beatrice, Hoffman, Shannon, Hartanto, T., Arthur, Dixon, J. Faye, van den Bos, Wouter, Schweitzer, Julie B., & Fassbender, Catherine (2019) Cognitive Neuroscience Society Probability of Reward modulates Reward-related Activation and Sex differences in the medial Prefrontal Cortex and striatum in youth with ADHD Barcelona, Spain .
2015 Fassbender,C., Krafft, C., Hawes, D., Iosif, A.M., van den Bos, W., Hinshaw, S., Guyer, A.E. & Schweitzer, J.B. (2015) Cognitive Neuroscience Society Sex differences in neural response to monetary loss during adolescence USA .
2013 Fassbender, C., Ursu, S. & Salo, R. (2013) Cognitive Neuroscience Society Intra-Individual Response Time Variability in Chronic Methamphetamine Abusers with and without Meth-Induced Psychosis San Diego, California .
2013 Schweitzer, J.B., Rutledge, K.J., Dixon, J.F.,Fassbender, C., van den Bos, W., Hartanto, T, & McClure, S. (2013) Society of Biological Psychiatry Dual-Hypothesis Model of the Development of Self-Control: Opportunities for Intervention San Francisco, California .
2013 Fassbender, C., Mazaheri, A., Coffey-Corina, S., Dixon, J.F., Schweitzer, J.B. & Mangun, G.R. (2013) Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) Error processing in adolescents with ADHD inattentive and combined subtypes Seattle, Washington .
2012 Ursu, S., Fassbender, C, Carter, C.S. & Salo, R. (2012) Society of Biological Psychiatry Behavioral and Neuroimaging Evidence for Impaired Task-Induced Adaptations of Cognitive Control Mechanisms in Methamphetamine Abusers USA .
2012 Fassbender, C., Schweitzer, J.B., Rutledge, K.J., Ursu, S. & Salo, R. (2012) Cognitive Neuroscience Society Improved Self-Control with Extended Abstinence in Methamphetamine Dependence USA .
2012 Fassbender, C., Schweitzer, J.B., Rutledge, K.J., Ursu, S. & Salo, R. (2012) Cognitive Neuroscience Society Improved Self-Control with Extended Abstinence in Methamphetamine Dependence USA .
2012 Fassbender, C., Schweitzer, J.B., Rutledge, K.J., Ursu, S. & Salo, R. (2012) Cognitive Neuroscience Society Improved Self-Control with Extended Abstinence in Methamphetamine Dependence USA .
2012 Schweitzer, JB, Rutledge, KJ, Dixon, JF, Fassbender, C, van den Bos, Wouter, Hartanto, T, Boyle, L, McClure, S. (2012) American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Developmental and Contextual Considerations in Self-Control in ADHD San Francisco, California .
2011 Salo, S., Gabay, S., Fassbender, C. & Henik, A. (2011) Cognitive Neuroscience Society . Distributed Attentional Deficits in Chronic Methamphetamine Abusers: Evidence from the ANT Task USA .
2011 Fassbender, C., Boyle, L., Hartanto, T., Schweitzer, J.B. & Salo, R. (2011) Cognitive Neuroscience Society Cognitive Control in Chronic Methamphetamine Abusers With and Without ADHD during a Response Inhibition Paradigm USA .
2010 Fassbender, C, McClure, S.M., Dixon, J.F., Mizuiri, D.S., Miller, M., Yip,T-M., Rutledge, K.J. and Schweitzer, J.B. (2010) Society for Neurosciences Cognitive control and Reward Choice in ADHD San Diego, California .
2010 Fassbender, C, McClure, S.M., Dixon, J.F., Mizuiri, D., Miller, M., Yip, T-M. & Schweitzer, J.B. (2010) Eunethydis The Influence of Cognitive Control on Reward Choice in ADHD Amsterdam, the Netherlands .
2010 Fassbender, C, Coffey-Corina, S., Dixon, J.F., Mizuiri, D.S., Yip,T-M., Rutledge, K.J., Carter, C.S., Mangun, G.R., and Schweitzer, J.B. (2010) Society for Neurosciences ADHD Symptoms Affect Neural Correlates of Performance Preparation and Evaluation San Diego, California .
2010 Salo, R., Ravizza, S., Fassbender, C. And Leamon, M.H. (2010) Society for Neurosciences A Comparison of Cognitive Deficits in Chronic Methamphetamine Users and Schizophrenia Patients San Diego, California .
2009 Fassbender, C, Coffey-Corina, S., Mizuiri, D.S., Dixon, J.F., Blake, C., Bhangoo, R., Carter, C.S., Mangun, G.R., and Schweitzer, J.B. (2009) Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) Impaired Response Preparation in ADHD. Human Brain Mapping San Francisco, California .
2009 Fassbender, C., Schweitzer, J. and Gullapalli, R. (2009) Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) Differences in brain networks underlying working memory in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and normal controls San Francisco, California .
2009 Fassbender, C., Hester, R., Murphy, K., Foxe, J.J., and Garavan, H. (2009) Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) Left prefrontal cortex and pre-supplementary area work together to implement cognitive control San Francisco, California .
2006 Fassbender, C., Schweitzer, JB and Gullapalli, R. (2006) Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) Cognitive Control in ADHD Participants and Normal Controls during Working Memory Florence, Italy .
2005 Fassbender, C., Buzy, W., Gullapalli, R. & Schweitzer, J.B. (2005) Society for Neurosciences Neural correlates of arithmetic processing in children Washington, DC .
2004 Garavan, H., Hester, R. & Fassbender, C. (2004) Cognitive Neuroscience Society Individual differences in error processing: A review and meta-analysis of three event-related fMRI studies using the GO/NOGO task. Cognitive Neuroscience Society USA .
2003 Fassbender, C and Garavan, H. (2003) Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) A Review of Midline Activations Associated with Error Processing and Conflict Monitoring New York City, New York .
2002 Fassbender, C., Murphy, K., Foxe, J., Wylie, G., Javitt, D.C., Robertson, I.H. and Garavan, H. (2002) Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) Mixed Block and Event-related fMRI Investigation of Response Inhibition in the Sustained Attention to Response Test Sendai, Japan .
2001 Garavan H, Murphy K, Ross TJ, Risinger R, Rainey C, Fassbender C, Stein EA, & Li SJ. (2001) Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) An Event-Related fMRI investigation of acute cocaine’s effects on inhibitory control Brighton, England .
2001 Garavan, H., Fassbender, C., Murphy, K., Sweet, L., Rao, S., & Stein, E. A. (2001) Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) Quantitative age-related differences in functional recruitment in a working memory task Brighton, England .
2016 Fassbender, Catherine, Mukherjee, Prerona, Hartanto, T. Arthur, Calub, Catrina, Dixon, J. Faye, Guyer Amanda E., van den Bos, Wouter, McClure, Samuel, Hinshaw, Stephen, & Schweitzer, Julie B. (2016) Society for Neurosciences Altered striatal activity to wins and losses of rewards in ADHD San Diego, USA .
2014 Rutledge, K.J., Krafft, C.K., Hartanto, T.A., Calfee, E., Dixon, J.F., Fassbender, C., McClure, S.M., Schweitzer, J.B. & Pakyurek, M (2014) American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Impulsivity and Working Memory Relationships Within ADHD San Diego, California .


Year Publication
2019 Rogers M;Boland B;Clarke S;Craven A;Fassbender C;Gill M;Hardiman O;Henshall DC;Lynch T;Mitchell K;Pender N;Rogan C;Roche RAP; (2019) Building a supportive framework for brain research in Ireland: Inaugural position paper of the Irish Brain Council. ED [DOI]
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