Edward P. Riley, Ph.D

Department of Psychology
College of Sciences
San Diego State University
6330 Alvarado Court, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92120-1863

Office Location: Alv 6330/100
Mail Code: 1863
Phone: (619) 594-4566
FAX: (619) 594-1895

Research Interests: It is well known that prenatal exposure to alcohol can affect the developing embryo and fetus and importantly can cause alterations in the normal development of brain and behavior. Dr. Riley’s research focuses on these changes, how they are produced, and how we might intervene to mitigate them. Using a multidisciplinary approach, including behavioral assessments, neuropsychological testing and brain imaging, and collaborations with scientists from SDSU, UCSD, and the Scripps Research Institute, a myriad of effects has been reported. In terms of changes in brain, alterations in the basal ganglia, corpus callosum, cerebellum, and various areas of the cortex have been reported. Deficits in executive functioning, motor behaviors, and a variety of neuropsychological impairments have been examined. Besides a continuation of these descriptive changes, studies consist of functional imaging (fMRI) and correlational examinations between brain structural alterations and behavioral changes in an attempt to establish structure-function relationships. Predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows have a wide variety of opportunities participating in these studies, and in extending the ongoing investigations depending upon available resources and the expertise each individual brings to the laboratory. Since September 2003, Dr. Riley has been the PI of the Administrative Core and Consortium Coordinator of the Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (CIFASD). This is a large multidisciplinary, multisite cooperative investigation of both basic science and clinical approaches to FASD on an international level.

Lab: Center for Behavioral Teratology

NIAAA ​T32 ​Training Grant ​website


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