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Cynthia A. Munro, M.A., Ph.D.

Cynthia Ann Munro, M.A., Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Expertise: Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Decline in Older Adults, Dementia, Klinefelter's (XXY) Syndrome, Medical Psychology, Neuropsychology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychologist, Toxic Exposure more

Research Interests: Dementia; Sex differences in neuropsychiatric disorders affecting cognition; Functional Imaging; Cognitive effects of stress

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  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Neurology

Centers & Institutes

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Neurobiological mechanisms underlying sex differences in the clinical manifestation of psychiatric disorders affecting cognition. The influences of sex hormones and the stress response on disorders of addiction and the dementing disorders are particular areas of focus.

Selected Publications


  1. Munro CA, Brandt J, Sheppard J, Steele C, Samus QM, Steinberg M, Rabins, P V , Lyketsos, C G Cognitive response to pharmacological treatment for depression in Alzheimers disease: Secondary outcomes from the Depression in Alzheimers Disease Study (DIADS). American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2004; 12: 491-498.
  2. Munro, C.A., Oswald, L., Weerts, E., McCaul, M.E., Wand, G.S. Hormone responses to stress in abstinent alcohol-dependent subjects and social drinkers with no history of alcohol dependence. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 2005; 29: 1133-1138.
  3. Munro, C.A., McCaul, M.E., Wong, D.F., Oswald, L.M., Zhou, Y., Brasic, J., Kuwabara, H., Kumar, A., Alexander, M., Ye, W., Wand, G.S. Sex differences in striatal dopamine release in healthy adults. Biological Psychiatry. 2006; 59: 966-974.
  4. Munro, C.A., McCaul, M.E., Oswald, L.M., Wong, D.F., Zhou, Y., Brasic, J., Kuwabara, H., Kumar, A., Alexander, M., Ye, W., Wand, G.S. Striatal dopamine release and family history of alcoholism. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 2006; 30: 1143-1151.
  5. Munro, C.A., Lyketsos, C.G. Cognitive response to sertraline treatment for depression in Alzheimers disease: A possible sex effect. Research and Practice in Alzheimers Disease. 2006; 11: 361-365.
  6. Schretlen, D.J, Nicola G. Cascella, N.G., Meyer, S.M., Kingery, L.R., Testa, S.M., Munro, C.A., Pulver, A.E., Rivkin, P., Rao, V.A., Diaz-Asper, C.M., Dickerson, F.B., Yolken, R.H., Pearlson, G.D. Neuropsychological functioning in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry. 2007; 62: 179-186.
  7. Yang, X., Wang, S., Rice K., Munro C., Wand, G.S. A stress model that increases alcohol preference in a non-alcohol preferring mouse line. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 2008; 32; 840-852.
  8. Hassan, S.E., Turano, K.A., Munoz, B., Munro, C., Bandeen-Roche, K., West, S.K. Cognitive and vision loss affects the topography of the attentional visual field. Investigations in Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 2008; 49(10): 4672-4678.
  9. Turano, K.A., Munoz, B., Hassan, S.E., Duncan, D.D., Gower, E.W., Bandeen-Roche, K., Keay, L., Munro, C.A., West, S.K. Poor sense of direction is associated with constricted driving space in older drivers. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. 2009; 64(3): 348-355.
  10. Rao, V., Munro, C.A., Rosenberg, P., Ward, J., Bertrand, M., Degoankar, M., Horsk, A., Pham, D., Yousem, D.M., Barker, P.B. Neuroanatomical correlates of depression in post-traumatic brain injury: Preliminary results of a pilot study. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. 2010; 22(2): 231-235.
  11. Bonekamp D, Yassa MA, Munro CA, Geckle RJ, Yousem DM, Barker PB, Schretlen DJ, Brandt J, Horsk A. Gray matter volume in amnestic mild cognitive impairment: Voxel-based morphometry, Neuroreport. 2010; 21(4): 259-263.
  12. Peters ME, Vaidya V, Drye LT, Rosenberg PB, Martin, B K , Porsteinsson, A P , Frangakis, C E , Mintzer, J E , Weintraub, D , Schneider, L S , Rabins, P V , Munro, C A , Meinert, C L , Lyketsos, C G , Avramopoulos, D. Sertraline for the treatment of depression in Alzheimers disease: Genetic influences, Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology. 2011; 24: 223-229.
  13. Munro CA, Winicki JM, Schretlen DJ, Gower EW, Turano KA, Muoz B, Keay L, Bandeen-Roche K, West, SK. Sex differences in cognition in healthy elderly individuals. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition (in press).
  14. Munro CA, Flynn-Longmire C, Drye LT, Martin BK, Frangakis CE, Meinert CL, Mintzer JE, Porsteinsson AP, Rabins PV, Rosenberg PB, Schneider LS, Weintraub D, Lyketsos CG, for the DIADS-2 Research Group. Cognitive outcomes after sertraline treatment in patients with depression of Alzheimers disease. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (in press).

Activities & Honors


  • American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • International Neuropsychological Society

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Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Hopkins Brain Wise Newsletter article about Dr. Munro's work

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