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Below are some of the research studies currently being conducted by faculty in the Division of Medical Psychology. See individual faculty profile pages for representative publications.

For a list of research studies in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences that are currently recruiting participants, go to: Volunteers Needed

Jason Brandt, Ph.D., ABPP(CN)

  • Risk-Taking and Decision-Making in Parkinson’s Disease Patients “On” and “Off” Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Neuropsychological Predictors of Outcome from Temporal Lobe Resection for Treatment of Epilepsy
  • Development and Validation of an Internet-Based Dementia Risk Assessment
  • Executive Dysfunction as a Predictor of the Development of Dementia in Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Use of a Virtual Companion to Facilitate Adjustment to a Dementia Care Community
  • Nonpharmacologic Treatments for Dementia Patients in Long-Term Care
  • Development of the ERK AD-Index as a Diagnostic Test for Alzheimer’s Disease

Cynthia Munro, Ph.D.

  • Imaging Neuro-inflammatory Pathways in NFL Players with Cognitive Impairment
  • Citalopram for Agitation in Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Geriatric Depression: PET Studies of Pathophysiology and Treatment Response
  • A Randomized Clinical Trial of Venlafaxine for Depression in AD
  • fMRI Analysis of Cognitive Function in Alcoholics
  • Intracranial Atherosclerosis and Predictors of Post-CABG Depression

David Edwin, Ph.D.

David Schretlen, Ph.D., ABPP(CN) and Tracy Vannorsdall, Ph.D, ABPP(CN)

  • Neuroanatomic and Biochemical Bases of Lesch-Nyhan Disease
  • Brain Structure and Function in Neuropsychiatric Patients and Healthy Adults
  • Reliability and Validity of Neurocognitive Testing 
  • Serum Uric Acid as a Biomarker of Cognitive and Functional Decline in Late Life 
  • Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and Cognitive Processing