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Welcome to the CU Change Lab

The Center for Health and Addiction: Neuroscience, Genes, and Environment

Operating out of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, The CUChange Lab is co-directed by Dr. Angela Bryan, professor of Social Psychology, and Dr. Kent Hutchison, professor of Clinical Psychology.

Members of the CUChange lab seek to conduct transdisciplinary research to explore the psychological, neurocognitive, physiological, genetic, and epigenetic factors that are linked with health and risk behavior. We believe that a better understanding of the full range of influences on health and risk behavior will allow better tailoring of behavioral interventions to increase health behavior, decrease risk behavior, and ultimately decrease morbidity and mortality and increase quality of life.

This joint website will provide you with information on current research ongoing in the lab.

Dr. Angela Bryan

Lab Director

B.A., Psychology, UCLA, 1992.

M.A., Social Psychology, Quantitative Emphasis, Arizona State University, 1994.

Ph.D., Social Psychology, Quantitative Emphasis, Arizona State University, 1997.

Research Interests: The broad goals of my work are to use biopsychosocial models of health behavior to design, implement, and evaluate theory-based behavior change interventions to improve preventative health behavior. I currently focus on HIV/STD prevention and exercise promotion. Highly innovative aspects of my work involve using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and DNA collection to test key genetic, epigenetic, and neurocognitive moderators and mediators of intervention effects and examine theory-based linkages between biological and social cognitive factors. With students and postdocs, I pursue secondary interests in evolutionary social and health psychology with a focus on attraction and mating and on the role our evolution as a species may play in current health behavior challenges.

Responsibilities: I am co-director of CUChange lab and a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder (UCB) and have a primary affiliation in the Social Psychology Program and a secondary affiliation in the Clinical Psychology Program at UCB. Finally, I hold a position as Professor of Translational Neuroscience at the Mind Research Network.

About Me: I am married to Kent Hutchison, also a Professor at University of Colorado Boulder, and we collaborate both professionally and personally. We have two daughters, Ainsley and Finley, who are responsible for most of our free time. In what is left of our free time we like trail running with our dogs and wine collecting/tasting.

A list of my publications can be found under the Research tab.

Dr. Kent Hutchison

Lab Director

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Oklahoma State University, 1995.

Research Interests: I have a long track record of NIH funding and publications related to alcohol abuse. Specifically, I am interested in combining neuroimaging, epigenetic, pharmacological, and clinical perspectives to develop more effective intervention and preventions strategies. Recently, we have focused on epigenetic and inflammatory mechanisms. Our most recent studies suggest that the neuroadaptations in that reward circuits that characterize alcohol dependence, and addiction more generally, may be driven by epigenetic changes in specific genes. Thus, medications that target epigenetic changes may mitigate some of the deleterious changes in reward circuits and represent a new strategy for the treatment of alcohol dependence. In a similar line of research, it is becoming increasing clear that inflammatory processes that result from alcohol abuse may damage important executive control circuits, ultimately contributing to loss of control over alcohol use. Thus, anti-inflammatory medications may also have a place in the treatment of alcohol dependence. In large part because of the change in Colorado law legalizing cannabis, we have become very interested in cannabinoids. Cannabinoids, and cannabidiol in particular, are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties that may be useful for treating a variety of inflammatory diseases and other conditions (arthritis, diabetes, seizures, anxiety, insomnia, etc.). We recently launched several studies to gather data about the effects of cannabinoids on inflammatory markers in blood and to test hypotheses about the effect of cannabinoids on subjective measures related to different diseases.

Responsibilities: I am the director of the CUChange Lab, a professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder, and the Director of Clinical and Population Neuroscience at the Intermountain Neuroimaging Consortium.

About Me: I completed an internship at Brown University and stayed as a post-doctoral fellow specializing in research on addiction from 1995-1998. After leaving Brown University, I accepted a faculty position at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002 and Full Professor in 2007. I moved to the Mind Research Network in Albuquerque, NM to pursue a program of research combining neuroimaging, clinical outcomes, and genetics in 2007, where I served as the Chief Science Officer for two years. In 2011, I helped set up the Intermountain Neuroimaging Consortium which involves the operation of two identical MR scanners, one in Albuquerque at MRN and one in Boulder at the University of Colorado. I have been back in Boulder since 2011. I am married to Dr. Angela Bryan, together we run the CUChange Lab here at the University of Colorado Boulder.

A list of my publications can be found under the Research tab.

Our Members

Our Staff

The staff at The Change Lab is a collection of scientists with a wide range of research interests. Click here to learn about us.

Graduate Students

Our graduate students come from all across the country and specialize many corners of academia. At The Change Lab they unleash their skills by putting them to work in the real world.

Undergraduate Students and Volunteers

Working as an undergraduate or volunteering in The Change Lab is a fabulous way to gain experience in statistical programs for data analysis, exercise physiology, fMRI training, laboratory techniques and more.


Check out the folks whom have called The Change Lab home, helping us to build our unique lab history. All lab members appear in no particular order.


Current Projects

Check out our current projects. We pride ourselves on cross-training and sharing workloads across our projects. Its rare to find a Change Lab member who works solely on a single project. If you're interested in participating--contact us!

Graduate Research

This section covers all Graduate Student projects--got questions? Give us a shout!


Click above to find a list of Dr. Hutchison's and Dr. Bryan's publications. They are organized by year, and contain links to each paper. Links are for educational use only.

Join Us

Apply as a Graduate Student

If you're thinking of applying to Graduate School to work with Dr. Bryan or Dr. Hutchison please send an email to Angela Bryan or Kent Hutchison. You can also send general inquiry email to

Dr. Bryan seeks graduate students with interests that fall under any one of domains explored in the CUChange lab. In addition, she and Dr. Hutchison frequently co-mentor students. A successful applicant for the CUChange lab will have clear and innovative research ideas that he/she wants to pursue in graduate school and beyond, strong GREs/GPA, research experience in psychology, strong letters of recommendation, and good ideas about what he/she can contribute to Dr. Bryan's and/or Dr. Hutchison's program of research.

Interested applicants should contact CUChange to ask whether Dr. Bryan or Dr. Hutchison are taking graduate students for a particular academic year.

Apply as a Undergraduate Student

Gain invaluable professional experience in a clinical and professional research environment. 

Independent Study Credit
Add more value to your volunteer work by getting class credit hours towards your major for working with us in the lab. Independent study is concluded each semester with a term paper. You may earn up to 9 credit hours in independent study as an undergraduate student.
Hands-on experience working in a trans-disciplinary research lab. Look forward to assisting with running human subjects and coordinating appointments, entering study data, performing preliminary literature research, and attending by bi-weekly meetings.

You must commit to working at least six hours per week for a minimum of two consecutive semesters. Applicants are expected to have a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and be willing to participate in all assigned lab tasks. Though GPA is extremely important, we believe that a number does not define you, and it will not necessarily disqualify your application.

Honors Students wishing to do a Thesis
Dr. Bryan and Dr. Hutchison both supervise undergraduate honors theses for students who want to do their own research project, complete an honors thesis through the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, and graduate with honors. More information on departmental requirements can be found on their website: Also, there is important information about graduating with honors on the university honors website: To complete an honors thesis in the CUChange lab, you will need to do the following:
1. Work as an undergraduate research assistant (either for independent study credit or as a volunteer) in the CUChange lab for at least one semester.
2. Complete the Psychological Sciences I (statistics) and II (research methods) sequence (it is recommended you take these courses in the spring of freshman year and fall of sophomore year).
3. Decide on a research project that interests you, and determine whether Dr. Bryan or Dr. Hutchison would be a better supervisor for that project.
4. Meet with Dr. Bryan or Dr. Hutchison to see if they are willing to supervise your thesis.

If you are interested in working with us, please gather your resume, include your GPA, your ideal weekly and long-term commitment as well as one paragraph that describes your interests in research and why you are interested in working with our lab. Submit your application to

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Check out our daily lives at The CHANGE Lab!

Spur of the moment lab group photo during a meeting. Rupa's doggy came along to lead the discussion.

Our grad students strike a pose at one of our annual holiday parties!

Dr. Hutchison presents lab data at ESBRA in Poland.

Alumni Undergraduate Research Assistants, Jameson and Ian work together on a project.

our Grad Students run the Bolder Boulder this year with Dr. Bryan and Dr. Hutchison. 2015.

Alumna Undergraduate Research Assistant Emilee chats with Alumna Lab Manager and SPRA Tiffany.

Some of our staff and grad students take a break at a conference.

The CINC crew walking to Starbucks for a coffee break!

Our genetics lab manager, Marilee, stands with Bryan Cranston during the filming of a commercial that warns about the dangers of drug abuse.

After a solid month of crazy rain, the CINC crew walks to lunch in the sun!

Courtney presents a project at the Society of Behavioral Medicine Conference

Casey presents a project at the SBM conference.

Change Lab ladies catch up with Lab Alumnae

Change Lab Alumna Erika presents a project at the SBM conference.

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