Sabrina Syan

Sabrina Syan, PhD.
McMaster University

Dr. Sabrina Syan graduated with a PhD in Neuroscience from the Neuroscience Graduate Program at McMaster University in 2017 and subsequently began a second doctorate in Clinical Psychology through the Research Clinical Training Stream of the Psychology Graduate Program at McMaster University. Her previous research focused on the trait-based pathology of bipolar disorder and the influence of hormonal fluctuations associated with reproductive milestones on brain structure and function. Currently, she is pursuing her doctoral research under the supervision of Dr. James MacKillop at the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research, investigating the neuroeconomics of addiction and treatment optimization to prevent relapse during addictions treatment.

During her training she has received the Steiner Young Investigator Award from the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Lillian Rose Stegne Fellowship from McMaster University, and awards from the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse and the Research Society for Alcoholism. In addition, Sabrina is also an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University and involved in teaching with the Psychiatry Postgraduate Residency Program.

Research at HRI:

Optimizing addiction screening and assessment tools improve treatment

Research Snapshots:

Which patients are most at risk of leaving addiction treatment early?


Association between drinking and cortical thickness in younger adult drinkers: Findings from the Human Connectome Project
Morris, V. · Owens, M. · Syan, S.K. · Petker, T. · Sweet, L. · Oshiri, O. · MacKillop, J. · Amlung, M.T.

Association between reduced cortical thickness and drinking quantity and frequency in young adult drinkers: Findings from the Human Connectome Project
Morris, V. · Owens, M. · Syan, S.K. · Petker, T. · Sweet, L. · Oshiri, A. · MacKillop, J. · Amlung, M.T.

Cannabidiol as a novel candidate alcohol use disorder pharmacotherapy: a systematic review 
Turna, J. · Syan, S.K. · Frey, B.N. · Rush, B. · Costello, J. · Weiss, M. · MacKillop, J.

From anatomy to function: The role of the somatosensory cortex in emotional regulation
Kropf, E. · Syan, S.K. · Minuzzi, L. · Frey, B.N.

Investigating total cortical thickness and intracortical myelin thickness in relation to drinking behavior and alcohol use disorder
Amlung, M.T. · Morris, V. · Owens, M.M. · Syan, S.K. · Petker, T. · Oshri, A. · Sweet, L. · Bock, N. · Minuzzi, L. · MacKillop, J.

Reduction in perceived alcohol value in non-treatment seeking adults following a brief motivational interviewing intervention
Syan, S.K. · Grodin, E. · Amlung, M.T. · Lim, A. · Karno, M. · Ray, L. · MacKillop, J.