Texas Tech University

Spencer Bradshaw

College of Human Sciences, Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Services

S BradshawDr. Bradshaw researches physiological and psychological aspects of recovery from addiction. Specifically, he is studying the neuroscience of brain activity of family members of addicts when these family members are exposed to images of their addicted loved one. Additionally, Bradshaw is involved with research that is evaluating the neuroscience of brain activity of recovering alcoholics when they are exposed to photographic stimuli of alcohol during the recovery process. This research is being conducted in a clinical neuroscience laboratory using Functional Near-Infrared (fNIR), Affective Modulation of Startle Reflex (AMSR), Electrocardiogram (EKG), and Galvanic Skin Response (GSR). His clinical research has primarily examined the relationships between hope, coping, and readiness to change as it relates to recovery for both the family member of an addict and an addict themselves. Other research has examined how these individual psychological factors of family member recovery relate to family functioning, and has also focused on the impact of inpatient treatment on addict levels of hope, resiliency/coping, craving, and family functioning.