United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

Psychiatry

The research program

The research program within the Psychiatry Division of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is strongly oriented toward disorders that affect the veterans population.   Most prominent is research on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, improving treatment of affective disorders, and mental health diseases associated with aging such as Alzheimer’s disease.    Also included is mental health services research, which aims to improve methods of health care delivery for veterans.  

Below are some of the members of the Psychiatry Research Program.   For additional information the investigators in our Program and the studies being conducted, click on each investigator’s name.

Howard C. Becker, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Physiology and Neuroscience

Research Interest:
Neuropsychopharmacology of alcohol and other drugs of abuse; brain mechanisms underlying alcohol intoxication and neuroadaptive changes following chronic ethanol; pharmacotherpeutic treatments for alcohol dependence, withdrawal, and relapse.

e-mail:beckerh@musc.edu
phone: 843-792-5207

Howard C. Becker, Ph.D.

Olga B. Brawman-Mintzer, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Research Interest:
Research to advance public knowledge of anxiety disorders as well as working to find new innovative pharmacological treatments for these disabling conditions.

e-mail: mintzero@musc.edu 
phone: 843-740-1592

Olga B. Brawman-Mintzer, M.D.

Mark S. George, M.D.
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology and Neurology

Research Interest:
New methods of minimally invasive brain stimulation that may lead to new neuropsychiatric treatments; neuroimaging; brain stimulation; depression; anxiety; neuropsychiatry.

e-mail: georgem@musc.edu 
phone: 843-876-5142

Mark S. George, M.D.

Mark B. Hamner, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Research Interest:
PTSD; depression; anxiety disorders; schizophrenia.
e-mail: mark.hamner@va.gov 
phone: 843-789-7799

Mark B. Hamner, M.D.

Kathy Laber, D.V.M.
Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine

Research Interest:
Animal model development in support of biomedical research.


e-mail:  laberlk@musc.edu 
phone: 843-876-5206

Kathy Laber, D.V.M

Kathryn Magruder, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Research Interest:
Mental health services research and clinical epidemiology, mental disorders in primary care, PTSD.

e-mail: magrudkm@musc.edu 
phone: 843-789-7280

Kathryn Magruder, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Jacobo E. Mintzer, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry

Research Interest:
Development of new therapeutic approaches to the treatment of cognitive and behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
 
e-mail:  mintzerj@musc.edu 
phone: 843-740-1592 ext. 41

Jacobo E. Mintzer, M.D.

Donald L. (Hugh) Myrick, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Research Interest:
Substance abuse, neuroimaging.

e-mail:  myrickh@musc.edu 
phone: 843-740-1592 

Donald L. (Hugh) Myrick, M.D.

 

M. Rita I. Young, Ph.D.
Associate Chief of Staff for Research
E-mail:  rita.young@va.gov
Phone: (843) 789-6707;  Fax: (478) 274-5761
Research Service
Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
109 Bee Street
Charleston, SC  29401

 



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