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Mintzer, Miriam Z., Ph.D.

Dr. Miriam Mintzer

Associate Professor
Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit

Main Office Address

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Behavioral Biology Research Center, BPRU
5510 Nathan Shock Drive, Room 3039
Baltimore, MD 21224-6823

Phone: 410-550-0529
Fax: 410-550-0030





Barnard College of Columbia University



New York University


Research: Human Behavioral Pharmacology Fellowship

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Professional Interests

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).

Dr. Miriam Mintzer's Curriculum vitae

Selected Publications

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.