Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Dr. Ragland’s work investigates the effect of schizophrenia on brain function during episodic memory encoding and retrieval. Of particular interest is the role that organizational abilities play in new learning and subsequent memory retrieval, how schizophrenia disrupts these organizational processes, and how these deficits might be remediated to improve patients’ frontotemporal brain activity and daily function. His research has used a combination of neuropsychological and functional imaging techniques (133Xenon, PET 0-15, BOLD fMRI) to identify the cognitive functions and brain regions underlying these memory processes. Other research interests include developing translational fMRI memory paradigms for mouse and human, and investigating the neurological basis of food craving.