Nicole Petersen

Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California Los Angeles


  1. Petersen N. Spotlighting SHAPERS: sex hormones associated with psychological and endocrine roles.. Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2024.
  2. O'Neill J, Diaz MP, Alger JR, Pochon JB, Ghahremani D, Dean AC, Tyndale RF, Petersen N, Marohnic S, Karaiskaki A, London ED. Smoking, tobacco dependence, and neurometabolites in the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex.. Molecular psychiatry, 2023.
  3. Jordan T, Apostol MR, Nomi J, Petersen N. Unraveling Neural Complexity: Exploring Brain Entropy to Yield Mechanistic Insight in Neuromodulation Therapies for Tobacco Use Disorder.. bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology, 2023.
  4. Petersen N, Beltz AM, Casto KV, Taylor CM, Jacobs EG, Sundström-Poromaa I, Pletzer B. Towards a more comprehensive neuroscience of hormonal contraceptives.. Nature neuroscience, 2023.
  5. Casto KV, Jordan T, Petersen N. Hormone-based models for comparing menstrual cycle and hormonal contraceptive effects on human resting-state functional connectivity.. Frontiers in neuroendocrinology, 2022.
  6. Perez Diaz M, Pochon JB, Ghahremani DG, Dean AC, Faulkner P, Petersen N, Tyndale RF, Donis A, Paez D, Cahuantzi C, Hellemann GS, London ED. Sex Differences in the Association of Cigarette Craving With Insula Structure.. The international journal of neuropsychopharmacology, 2021.
  7. Petersen N, Kearley NW, Ghahremani DG, Pochon JB, Fry ME, Rapkin AJ, London ED. Effects of oral contraceptive pills on mood and magnetic resonance imaging measures of prefrontal cortical thickness.. Molecular psychiatry, 2021.
  8. Petersen N, Rapkin AJ, Okita K, Kinney KR, Mizuno T, Mandelkern MA, London ED. Striatal dopamine D2-type receptor availability and peripheral 17β-estradiol.. Molecular psychiatry, 2021.
  9. Petersen N, Ghahremani DG, Rapkin AJ, Berman SM, Wijker N, Liang L, London ED. Resting-state functional connectivity in women with PMDD.. Translational psychiatry, 2019.
  10. Allen AM, Friedrichsen SC, Petersen N, Allen SS. Subjective response to intranasal nicotine administration in oral contraceptive users and naturally-cycling women.. Addictive behaviors, 2019.
  11. Petersen N, London ED. Addiction and Dopamine: Sex Differences and Insights from Studies of Smoking.. Current opinion in behavioral sciences, 2018.
  12. Petersen N, Ghahremani DG, Rapkin AJ, Berman SM, Liang L, London ED. Brain activation during emotion regulation in women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder.. Psychological medicine, 2017.
  13. Faulkner P, Petersen N, Ghahremani DG, Cox CM, Tyndale RF, Hellemann GS, London ED. Sex differences in tobacco withdrawal and responses to smoking reduced-nicotine cigarettes in young smokers.. Psychopharmacology, 2017.
  14. Faulkner P, Ghahremani DG, Tyndale RF, Cox CM, Kazanjian AS, Paterson N, Lotfipour S, Hellemann GS, Petersen N, Vigil C, London ED. Reduced-Nicotine Cigarettes in Young Smokers: Impact of Nicotine Metabolism on Nicotine Dose Effects.. Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2017.
  15. Okita K, Petersen N, Robertson CL, Dean AC, Mandelkern MA, London ED. Sex Differences in Midbrain Dopamine D2-Type Receptor Availability and Association with Nicotine Dependence.. Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2016.
  16. Petersen N, London ED, Liang L, Ghahremani DG, Gerards R, Goldman L, Rapkin AJ. Emotion regulation in women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder.. Archives of women's mental health, 2016.
  17. Petersen N, Touroutoglou A, Andreano JM, Cahill L. Oral contraceptive pill use is associated with localized decreases in cortical thickness.. Human brain mapping, 2015.
  18. Petersen N, Cahill L. Amygdala reactivity to negative stimuli is influenced by oral contraceptive use.. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 2015.
  19. Petersen N, Patihis L, Nielsen SE. Decreased susceptibility to false memories from misinformation in hormonal contraception users.. Memory (Hove, England), 2014.
  20. Petersen N, Kilpatrick LA, Goharzad A, Cahill L. Oral contraceptive pill use and menstrual cycle phase are associated with altered resting state functional connectivity.. NeuroImage, 2013.
  21. Patihis L, Frenda SJ, LePort AK, Petersen N, Nichols RM, Stark CE, McGaugh JL, Loftus EF. False memories in highly superior autobiographical memory individuals.. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2013.
  22. Ertman N, Andreano JM, Cahill L. Progesterone at encoding predicts subsequent emotional memory.. Learning & memory (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.), 2011.