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BIRCWH Scholars & Pilot Projects

Current BIRCWH Scholars

Kelly S. Barth, DO
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Project: "Gender differences in the effects of sleep disruption on pain"

Mentors:
►Kathleen Brady, MD, PhD (primary), Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
►Daniel Clauw, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, Rheumatology & Psychiatry, University of Michigan 


 

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Linnea R. Freeman, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

Project:  “Orexin’s role in sex differences in demand for a highly palatable food (HPF) during binge eating”

Mentors:
►Gary Aston-Jones, PhD (primary), William E. Murray SmartState Endowed Chair in Neuroscience, Professor of Neuroscience
►Jacqueline F. McGinty, PhD, Professor of Neurosciences & Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
 
 

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Julianne C. (Hellmuth) Flanagan, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Project: "The Effects of Oxytocin On Couples' Conflict Resolution Interactions"

Mentors:
►Sudie E. Back, PhD (primary), Professor of Psychiatry, MUSC
►Candice M. Monson, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Ryerson University
►Megan Moran-Santa Maria, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, MUSC
 

 

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Qing Li, MD, DrPH
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Project:  “Home births, attendants, neonatal seizures, cerebral palsy, and other neurodevelopmental delay in South Carolina, 1996-2013”

Mentors:
►Roger B. Newman, MD (primary), Professor & Maas Endowed Chair of Reproductive Sciences, & Director of Women’s Health Research, Obstetrics & Gynecology
►John E. Vena, PhD, Professor & Founding Chair, Dept. of Public Health Sciences
►Dorothea D. Jenkins, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
►Thomas C. Hulsey, PhD, Assistant Dean for Global Education Programs & Professor of Pediatrics

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Cristina M. López, PhD
Dean's Scholar
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

Project:  “‘Meeting Kids Where They’re At’: A Substance Use and Sexual Risk Behavior Prevention Program for Rural African American Girls”

Mentors:
►Ronald E. Acierno, PhD (primary), Supervisory Psychologist PCT (Ralph H. Johnson VAMC); Associate Dean for Research (College of Nursing) & Professor of Psychiatry (MUSC)
►Carolyn M. Jenkins, DrPH, Ann Darlington Edwards Endowed Chair & Professor

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Former MUSC BIRCWH Scholars

Ananda Amstadter, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Virginia Commonwealth University

Years in the MUSC BIRCWH: 2009, 2010

Project: “Genetics & Gender: A GxE Laboratory & Epidemiologic Investigation of Stress"

Mentors: Dean Kilpatrick, PhD & Zhewu Wang, MD

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Mona Buhusi, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Utah State University

Years in the MUSC BIRCWH: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Project: "Estrogen-BDNF Interactions in the Aging Female Brain"

Mentors: Lotta Granholm-Bentley, DDS, PhD & Jacobo Mintzer, MD

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Matthew Feltenstein, PhD
Product Manager, Noldus Information Technology, Inc
Leesburg, VA

Years in the MUSC BIRCWH: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Project 1: "Role of Sex, Estrous Cycle & Ovarian Hormones in Cocaine-Seeking Behavior"
Project 2: "Sex Differences In Nicotine Self-administration & Reinstatement In Rats"

Mentors: Ron See, PhD & Kathleen Brady, MD, PhD

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Connie Guille, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Medical University of SC

Project: "The Identification of Biological Markers of Postpartum Depression"

Mentors: Roger Newman, MD & Thomas Uhde, MD
 
 
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Crystal Flynn Longmire, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Neurosciences
Medical University of SC

Years in the MUSC BIRCWH: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Project: "Gender Differences in Cognitive Decline"

Mentors: Jacobo Mintzer, MD & Lotta Granholm-Bentley, DDS, PhD

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Karen J. Hartwell, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Medical University of SC

Years in the MUSC BIRCWH: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Project: "Gender Differences in Response to NRT & Denicotinized Cigarette-Facilitated Extinction"

Mentors: Kathleen Brady, MD, PhD & Joseph McClernon, PhD (Duke University Medical Center)

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Megan Moran-Santa Maria, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Medical University of SC

Years in the MUSC BIRCWH: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Project: "Implication of Ovarian Hormones in the Neural Correlates of Stress Induced Drug Craving”

Mentors: Kathleen Brady, MD, PhD & Truman Brown, PhD

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Carmela Reichel, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurosciences
Medical University of SC

Years in the MUSC BIRCWH: 2011, 2012, 2013

Project: "Methamphetamine induced structural and functional changes in males and females: A multimodal neuroimaging study"

Mentors: Ronald See, PhD & Jane Joseph, PhD

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Natasha Ruth, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Rheumatology and Immunology
Medical University of SC

Years in the MUSC BIRCWH: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Project: "The Association of Anti-NMDA Receptor Antibodies & Neurocognitive Dysfunction in Pediatric Patients with Lupus & in the Offspring of Adult Patients with Lupus"

Mentors: Gary Gilkeson, MD & Mark Kindy, PhD

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