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Research: Human Behavioral Pharmacology Fellowship
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
My professional interests are in the areas of cognitive impairment and amnesia, cognitive psychopharmacology, drug-induced cognitive impairment, and cognitive rehabilitation/training in clinical populations including substance abusers, older adults, and patients with memory disorders and brain injury. Techniques employed in my research include cognitive and psychomotor testing, drug administration, neuroimaging, and polysomnography. Examples of research projects conducted in my laboratory are studies of the acute and chronic effects of benzodiazepines and other memory-impairing drugs on memory and other cognitive processes, daily functioning in poly-drug abusers, and cognitive training in substance abusers and patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).
Mintzer, M.Z., & Stitzer, M.L. (2002). Cognitive impairment in methadone maintenance patients. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 67, 41-51.
Mintzer, M.Z., Kuwabara, H., Alexander, M., Brasic, J.R., Ye, W., Ernst, M., Griffiths, R.R., & Wong, D.F. (2006). Dose effects of triazolam on brain activity during episodic memory encoding: A PET study. Psychopharmacology, 188, 445-461.
Mintzer, M.Z., Kleykamp, B.A., & Griffiths, R.R. (2010). Dose effects of triazolam and scopolamine on metamemory. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 18, 17-31.
Marvel, C.L., Faulkner, M.L., Strain, E.C., Mintzer, M.Z., Desmond, J.E. (2011). An fMRI investigation of cerebellar function during verbal working memory in methadone maintenance patients. Cerebellum, 11, 300-310.
Kleykamp, B.A., Griffiths, R.R., McCann, U.D., Smith, M.T, & Mintzer, M.Z. (2012). Acute effects of zolpidem extended-release on cognitive performance and sleep in healthy males after repeated nightly use. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 20, 28-39.