Eric Woodcock

Eric Woodcock

Eric Woodcock

Position Title

Assistant Professor (tenure-track), 2021-present

Education Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Neuroimaging, Yale School of Medicine, 2017-2021
  • PhD, Neuroscience, Wayne State School of Medicine, 2012-2017
  • BS, Psychology, University of Washington, 2004-2007

Research Interests

My laboratory uses multi-modal in vivo neuroimaging techniques in combination with human laboratory models to investigate neurobiological mechanisms underlying psychiatric disorders, especially substance use disorders (SUDs). Specifically, we are interested in elucidating neurobiological predictors of drug self-administration with the overarching goal of identifying novel treatment targets. Recent research in my lab has focused on stress and neuroinflammation among cigarette smokers and individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD). Lab website:

Selected publications

  • Woodcock EA, Hillmer AT, Sandiego CM, Maruff P, Carson RE, Cosgrove KP, Pietrzak RH. Acute neuroimmune stimulation impairs verbal memory in adults: A PET brain imaging study. Brain, behavior, and immunity. 2021; 91: 784-787.
  • Woodcock EA, Lundahl LH, Khatib D, Stanley JA, Greenwald MK. N-acetylcysteine reduces cocaine-seeking behavior and anterior cingulate glutamate/glutamine levels among cocaine-dependent individuals. Addiction biology. 2021; e12900: 1-12.
  • Woodcock EA, Schain M, Cosgrove KP, Hillmer AT. Quantification of [11C]PBR28 data after systemic lipopolysaccharide challenge. European journal of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging research. 2020; 10(19): 1-6.
  • Woodcock EA, Stanley JA, Diwadkar VA, Khatib D, Greenwald MK. A neurobiological correlate of stress-induced nicotine-seeking behavior among cigarette smokers. Addiction biology. 2019; e12819: 1-12.
  • Woodcock EA, Hillmer AT, Mason GF, Cosgrove KP. Imaging biomarkers of the neuroimmune system among substance use disorders: A systematic review. Molecular neuropsychiatry. 2019; 5(3): 125-146.
  • Woodcock EA, Greenwald MK, Khatib D, Diwadkar VA, Stanley JA. Pharmacological stress impairs working memory performance and attenuates dorsolateral prefrontal cortex glutamate modulation. NeuroImage. 2019; 186: 437-445.

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