Marie Banich, Ph.D., is a professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she also serves as director of the Institute of Cognitive Science, a multi-disciplinary institute dedicated to exploring the science of the mind. She also holds an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado at Denver. Her research specializes in using brain imaging techniques to understand the neural systems that allow us to direct our attention and our actions so that we can prioritize, organize, and target our behavior in a goal-oriented manner, abilities often referred to as executive function. She investigates these issues both in normal individuals as well clinical populations, such as individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and adolescents with severe substance and conduct problems. She also takes a developmental perspective, examining how executive functions mature during adolescence. Her research findings have been published in leading journals, including the journal Science. In addition, she is author of a textbook in Cognitive Neuroscience that is currently being revised for its third edition. Among her other professional experiences, Prof. Banich has been a member of the MacArthur Foundation on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice as well as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Verona, Italy.
Fulbright Senior Scholar (Italy, 2007)
Member, MacArthur Foundation Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice (2002-2006)
Justine & Yves Sergent Prize (2005)
University Scholar Award (1996)
A.O. Beckman Research Award (1994 and 1986)
Beckman Fellow, Center for Advanced Study (1989)
Here is a comprehensive list of recent and representative publications.