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2020 VISN 20 MIRECC Staff Research Articles and Presentations

VISN 20 MIRECC Staff Research Articles and Presentations

The findings of NW MIRECC research are disseminated through MIRECC Presents, lectures and presentations, and publications. Below is a list of publications and presentations by VISN 20 NW MIRECC researchers and fellowship program faculty that were published in 2020.

Bahraini, N. H., Matarazzo, B. E., Barry, C., Post, E., Forster, J., Dollar, K., Dobscha, S., & Brenner, L. (2020). Protocol: examining the effectiveness of an adaptive implementation intervention to improve uptake of the VA suicide risk identification strategy: a sequential multiple assignment randomized trial. Implementation Science, 15 (1), 58. doi:10.1186/s13012-020-01019-6

Bourassa, K. J., Edwards-Steward, A., Smolenski, D. J., Campbell, S. B., Reger, G. M., & Norr, A. M. (2020). The impact of prolonged exposure therapy on social support and PTSD symptoms. Journal of Affective Disorders, 260, 410-417. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2019.09.036

Bourassa, K. J., Stevens, E., Katz, A. C., Rothbaum, B. O., Reger, G. M., & Norr, A. M. (2020). The impact of exposure therapy on stigma and mental health treatment attitudes among active duty U.S. soldiers with combat related PTSD. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 126, 98-104. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2020.05.005

Bourassa, K., Stevens, E., Katz, A., Rothbaum, B., Reger, G., & Norr, A. M. (2020). The Impact of Exposure Therapy on Resting Heart Rate and Heart Rate Reactivity Among Active-Duty Soldiers With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Psychosomatic Medicine, 82 (1), 108-114. doi:10.1097/PSY.0000000000000758

Braun, M., & Iliff, J. J. (2020). Chapter Fifteen: The impact of neurovascular, blood-brain barrier, and glymphatic dysfunction in neurodegenerative and metabolic diseases. International Review of Neurobiology, 154, 413-436.

Chen, D., Latimer, C., Yagi, M., Ndugga-Kabuye, M., Heigham, E., Jayadev, S., Meabon, J., Gomez, C., Keene, C., Cook, D. G., Raskind, W., & Bird, T. (2020). Heterozygous STUB1missense variants cause ataxia, cognitive decline, and STUB1 mislocalization. Neurology Genetics, 6 (2), e397. doi:10.1212/NXG.0000000000000397

Coffey, K. R., Lesiak, A. J., Cohen, J., Liang, K., Chavkin, C., & Neumaier, J. F. (2020). Sequencing the serotonergic neuron translatome reveals a new role for FkbpS in stress. Molecular Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi:10.1038/s41380-020-0750-4

Coffey, K. R., Marx, R. G., Vo, E. K., Nair., S. G., & Neumaier, J. F. (2020). Chemogenetic inhibition of lateral habenula projections to the dorsal raphe nucleus reduces passive coping and perseverative reward seeking in rats. Neuropsychopharmacology, 45, 1115–1124.

Cross, D., Meabon, J., Cline, M., Richards, T., Stump, A., Cross, C., Minoshima, S., Banks, W., & Cook, D. G. (2019). Paclitaxel Reduces Brain Injury from Repeated Head Trauma in Mice. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 67 (3), 859-874. doi:10.3233/jad-180871

Dennis, E. L., Disner, S. G., Fani, N., Salminen, L. E., Logue, M. W., Clarke, E., Haswell, C., Averill, C. L., Baugh, L. A., Bomyea, J., Hayes, J. P., Krystal, J. H., Li, G., May, G. J., Menefee, D. S., Nelson, S. M., Simmons, A. N., Sullivan, D. R., Abdallah, C., Gordon, E. M., Kremen, W. S., Stein, M., Tate, D. F., Wee, N. J., der, V., Wang, L., Wilde, E. A., Thompson, P. M., Kochunov, P., Jahanshad, N., & Morey, R. (2019). Altered white matter microstructural organization in post-traumatic stress disorder across 3,049 adults: Results from the PGC-ENIGMA PTSD consortium. Molecular Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi:10.1038/s41380-019-0631-x

Figlewicz, D. P., & Witkamp, R. (2020). Fatty acids as cell signals in ingestive behaviors. Physiology and Behavior, 223, 112985. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2020.112985

Freeman, M., Ayers, C., Kondo, K., Noonan, K., O’Neil, M., Morasco, B., & Kansagara, D. (2019). Guided imagery, biofeedback, and hypnosis: a map of the evidence. Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Portland VA Health Care System Project #05-225.

Ghai, V., Fallen, S., Baxter, D., Scherler, K., Kim, T., Zhou, Y., Meabon, J., Logsdon, A., Banks, W., Schindler, A., Cook, D. G., Peskind, E. R., Lee, I., & Wang, K. (2020). Alterations in Plasma microRNA and Protein Levels in War Veterans with Chronic Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, 37 (12), 1418-1430. doi:10.1089/neu.2019.6826

Hendrickson, R. C., Nishanth, J. H., & Michael, S. (2020). Diagnostic prevalence of common psychiatric comorbidities of alcohol use disorders in India: a systematic review and discussion of the implications. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 17(5):, 1268-1296.

Hendrickson, R. C., Thomas, R. G., Schork, N. J., & Raskind, M. A. (2020). Optimizing aggregated N-of-1 trial designs for predictive biomarker validation: statistical methods and theoretical findings. Frontiers in Digital Health. doi:10.3389/fdgth.2020.00013

Jarrahi, A., Braun, M., Ahluwalia, M., Gupta, R., Wilson, M., Munie, S., Ahluwalia, P., Vender, J., Vale, F., Dhandapani, K., & Vaibhav, K. (2020). Revisiting Traumatic Brain Injury: From Molecular Mechanisms to Therapeutic Interventions. Biomedicines, 8 (10), 389. doi:10.3390/biomedicines8100389

Katz, A., Norr, A. M., Buck, B., Fantelli, E., Edwards-Stewart, A., Koenen-Woods, P., Zetocha, K., Smolenski, D., Holloway, K., Rothbaum, B., Difede, J., Rizzo, A., Skopp, N., Mishkind, M., Gahm, G., Reger, G., & Andrasik, F. (2020). Changes in physiological reactivity in response to the trauma memory during prolonged exposure and virtual reality exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 12 (7), 756-764. doi:10.1037/tra0000567

Kondo, K. K., Noonan, K. M., Freeman, M., Ayers, C. K., Morasco, B., & Kansagara, D. (2019). Efficacy of biofeedback for medical conditions: an evidence map. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 34, 2883-2893.

Kondo, K., Morasco, B., Nugent, S., Ayers, C., O’Neil, M., Freeman, M., Paynter, R., & Kansagara, D. (2019). Pharmacotherapy for the treatment of cannabis use disorder: a systematic review. Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Portland VA Health Care System Project #05-225.

Lewis, M., & Loverich, T. M. (2019). Measuring experiential avoidance and posttraumatic stress in families. Behavioral Sciences, 9, 1-16.

Logsdon, A., Schindler, A., Meabon, J., Yagi, M., Herbert, M., Banks, W., Raskind, M. A., Marshall, D., Keene, C., Perl, D., Peskind, E. R., & Cook, D. G. (2020). Nitric oxide synthase mediates cerebellar dysfunction in mice exposed to repetitive blast-induced mild traumatic brain injury. Scientific Reports, 10 (1), 9420. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-66113-7

Mahmood, Z., Clark, J., Jak, A. J., Huckans, M., O'Neil, M., Roost, M., Williams, R., Pagulayan, K. F., Turner, A., Storzbach, D., & Twamley, E. W. (2020). Predictors of Intervention Adherence in Compensatory Cognitive Training for Veterans With a History of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 36(1), 20-24. doi:10.1097/htr.0000000000000596

Maloy, P. E., Iacocca, M. O., & Morasco, B. (2019). Implementing guidelines for treating chronic pain with prescription opioids. American Journal of Nursing, 119, 22-29.

Mastarone, G. L., Wyse, J., Wilbur, E., Morasco, B., Saha, S., & Carlson, K. F. (2020). Barriers to utilization of prescription drug monitoring programs among prescribing physicians and advanced practice registered nurses at Veterans Health Administration facilities in Oregon. Pain Medicine, 21, 695-703.

Morasco, B., Adams, M. H., Maloy, P. E., Hooker, E. R., Iacocca, M. O., Krebs, E. E., Carr, T. P., Lovejoy, T. I., Saha, S., & Dobscha, S. (2020). Research methods and baseline findings of the Improving the Safety of Opioid Therapy (ISOT) cluster randomized trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 90, 105957.

Morasco, B., Smith, N., Dobscha, S., Deyo, R. A., Hyde, S., & Yarborough, B...J...H... (2020). Outcomes of prescription opioid dose escalation for chronic pain: Results from a prospective cohort study. Pain, 16, 1332-1340.

Nair, S. G., Smirnov, D., Estabrook, M., Chisholm, A. D., Silva, P., & Neumaier, J. F. (2020). Effect of chemogenetic inhibition of lateral habenula neuronal activity on cocaine- and food-seeking behaviors in the rat. Addiction Biollogy. Advance online publication.

Norr, A. M., Katz, A., Nguyen, J., Lehavot, K., Schmidt, N., & Reger, G. (2020). Pilot trial of a transdiagnostic computerized anxiety sensitivity intervention among VA primary care patients. Psychiatry Research, 293, 113394. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113394

O’Neil, M., Harik, J. M., McDonagh, M. S., Cheney, T. P., Hsu, F. C., Cameron, D. C., Carlson, K. F., Norman, S. B., & Hamblen, J. L. (2020). Development of the PTSD-Repository: A publicly available repository of randomized controlled trials for posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 33, 410-419. doi:10.1002/jts.22520

Pagulayan, K. F., Petrie, E. C., MD, Cook, D. G., Hendrickson, R. C., Rau, H., Reilly, M., Mayer, C., Meabon, J., Raskind, M. A., Peskind, E. R., & Kleinhans, N. (2020). Effect of blast-related mTBI on the working memory system: a resting state fMRI study. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 14 (4), 949-960. doi:10.1007/s11682-018-9987-9

Raskind, M. A. (2020). Toward a personalized medicine approach to trauma-related nightmares. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 50, 101272. doi:10.1016/j.smrv.2020.101272

Ray, L., Iliff, J. J., & Heys, J. (2019). Analysis of convective and diffusive transport in the brain interstitium. Fluids and Barriers of the CNS. doi:10.1186/s12987-019-0126-9

Reddy, V., Grogan, D., Ahluwalia, M., Salles, É. L., Ahluwalia, P., Khodadadi, H., Alverson, K., Nguyen, A., Raju, S. P., Gaur, P., Braun, M., Vale, F. L., Costigliola, V., Dhandapani, K., Baban, B., & Vaibhav, K. (2020). Targeting the endocannabinoid system: a predictive, preventive, and personalized medicine-directed approach to the management of brain pathologies. EPMA Journal, 11, 217–250.

Shibata-Germanos, S., Goodman, J., Grieg, A., Trivedi, C., Benson, B., Foti, S., Faro, A., Castellan, R., Correra, R., Barber, M., Ruhrberg, C., Weller, R., Lashley, T., Iliff, J. J., Hawkins, T., & Rihel, J. (2020). Structural and functional conservation of non-lumenized lymphatic endothelial cells in the mammalian leptomeninges. Acta Neuropathologica, 139 (2), 383-401. doi:10.1007/s00401-019-02091-z

Shulman, G. P., Buck, B. E., Gahm, G. A., Reger, G. M., & Norr, A. M. (2019). Effectiveness of the Intent to Complete and Intent to Attend Intervention to Predict and Prevent Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Treatment Drop Out Among Soldiers. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 32 (5), 784-790. doi:10.1002/jts.22427

Sorg, S., Merritt, V., Clark, A., Werhane, M., Holiday, K., Schiehser, D. M., Bondi, M., & Delano-Wood, L. (2020). Elevated Intraindividual Variability in Executive Functions and Associations with White Matter Microstructure in Veterans with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 2, 1-10. doi:10.1017/S1355617720000879

Stewart, T., Bai, L., Li, X., Xu, T., Iliff, J. J., Shi, M., Zheng, D., Yuan, L., Wei, T., Yang, X., & Zhang, J. (2020). Coniferaldehyde attenuates Alzheimer’s pathology via activation of Nrf2 and its targets. Theranostics, 10(1), 179-200.

Sweigert, J., Pagulayan, K. F., Greco, G., Blake, M., Larimer, M., & Kleinhans, N. (2020). A multi-modal investigation of cerebellar integrity associated with high risk cannabis use. Addiction Biology, 25(6), e12839. doi:10.1111/adb.12839

Vaibhav, K. *., Braun, M., Alverson, K., Khodadadi, H., Kutiyanawalla, A., Ward, A., Banerjee, C., Sparks, T., Malik, A., Rashid, M. H., Khan, M. B., Waters, M. F., Hess, D. C., Arbab, A. S., Vender, J. R., Hoda, N., Baban, B., & Dhandapani, K. M. (2020). Neutrophil extracellular traps exacerbate neurological deficits after traumatic brain injury. Science Advances, 6(22), eaax8847.

Verstaen, A., Rau, H., & Trittschuh, E. H. (2020). Healthy Aging Project-Brain: a Psychoeducational and Motivational Group for Older Veterans. Federal Practitioner : for the Health Care Professionals of the VA, DoD, and PHS, 37(7), 309–315.

Wheeler, J., McMillan, P., Strovas, T., Liachko, N. F., Amlie-Wolf, A., Kow, R., Klein, R., Szot, P., Robinson, L., Guthrie, C., Saxton, A., Kanaan, N., Raskind, M. A., Peskind, E. R., Trojanowski, J., Lee, V., Wang, L., Keene, C., Bird, T., Schellenberg, G., & Kraemer, B. C. (2019). Activity of the poly(A) binding protein MSUT2 determines susceptibility to pathological tau in the mammalian brain. Science Translational Medicine, 11 (523), eaao6545. doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.aao6545

Yarborough, B...J...H..., Stumbo, S. P., Stoneburner, A., Smith, N. X., Dobscha, S., Deyo, R. A., & Morasco, B. (2019). Correlates of benzodiazepine use and adverse outcomes among patients prescribed long-term opioid therapy. Pain Medicine, 20, 1148-1155.

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