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Medical and Clinical Psychology: Faculty

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Medical and Clinical Psychology
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
Phone: (301) 295-9673
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Neil E. Grunberg, Medical and Clinical Psychology

Neil E. Grunberg, Ph.D.

Professor of Military & Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine
Professor of Medical & Clinical Psychology, School of Medicine
Professor of Neuroscience, School of Medicine
Professor, Graduate School of Nursing
Director, School of Medicine Leadership Programs
Education: B.S. (1975) in Medical Microbiology and Psychology, Stanford University; M.A. (1977), M.Phil. (1979), and Ph.D. (1980) in Physiological and Social Psychology, Columbia University; National Research Service Award in Pharmacology (1976-1979), Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

Grunberg Research Lab

Research and Teaching

Research Topics: Dr. Grunberg and his research group study appetitive behaviors (including nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and food consumption), stress (including anticipatory stress), effects of mild traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, strategies to attenuate stress-related health effects, and leadership. We use rodents as subjects to conduct psychobiological experiments and humans as subjects to study stress reduction and leadership.

Methods and Approach: Laboratory-based experiments; behavioral, cognitive, and biological measures (including biochemistry, proteomics, and receptor biology); clinic-based and field studies.

Current Grant Support: CNRM, SRNT, USU

From left to right: CPT Matthew Moosey, Dr. Neil Grunberg, ENS Aaron Weisbrod, and LTJG Brendan Finton Medical Student Teaching: Lectures include: Principles of social psychology and learning relevant to medical practice; Principles of cognition, personality, and motivation relevant to medical practice; Introduction to military medicine leadership; Fundamentals of stress; Tobacco use; Substance use and abuse; Behavioral factors in preventive medicine; Communication and medical practice; Effective communication; Communicating difficult information; Team leadership.

Graduate Student Teaching: Teaching in graduate courses in Medical & Clinical Psychology (Social Psychology, Appetitive & Addictive Behaviors, Psychopharmacology, Physiological basis of behavior); lectures in Introduction to Neuroscience, Advanced Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Traumatic Brain Injury Neurobiology, Introduction to Molecular and Cell Biology.

Mentoring: Dr. Grunberg has supervised 30 doctoral dissertations in Medical Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Neuroscience. He currently is training seven Ph.D. students in his laboratory. Dr. Grunberg also mentors faculty, undergraduates, and high school students.

Selected Recent Publications

Prager, E. M., Bergstrom, H. C., Grunberg, N.E., & Johnson, L. R. (2011). The importance of reporting housing and husbandry in rat research. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 5, 38.

Gomes P.X., de Oliveira G.V., de Araújo F.Y., de Barros Viana G.S., de Sousa F.C., Hyphantis T.N., Grunberg, N.E., Carvalho A.F., Macêdo D.S. (2012). Differences in vulnerability to nicotine-induced kindling between female and male periadolescent rats. Psychopharmacology. 225(1), 115-26.

Sharma, P., Yan, A., Hu, X., Li, X., Barry, E.S., Grunberg, N.E., Zhang, L., (2012). Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury on Mitochondrial Targeted Genes in Rat Hippocampus. International Journal of Critical Illness & Injury Science, 2(3), 172-179.

Turtzo, L.C., Budde, M.D., Gold, E.M., Lewis, B.K., Janes, L., Yarnell, A.,Grunberg, N.E., Watson, W., Frank, J.A. (2012). The evolution of traumatic brain injury in a rat focal contusion model. NMR Biomed. Epub.

Kamnaksh, A., Kwon, S.K., Kovesdi, E., Ahmed, F., Barry, E.S., Grunberg, N.E., Long, J., Agoston, D. (2012). Neurobehavioral, cellular, and molecular consequences of single and multiple mild blast exposure. Electrophoresis. 33(24), 3680-92.

Yarnell, A.M, Shaughness, M.C., Barry, E.S., Ahlers, S.T., McCarron, R.M.,Grunberg, N.E. (2013). Blast traumatic brain injury in the rat using a blast overpressure model. Current Protocols in Neuroscience. Chapter 9, Unit 9.41.

Deuster, P.A., Grunberg, N.E., & O'Connor, F.G. (2014). Human performance optimization: An integrated approach for Special Operations. Journal of Special Operations Medicine, 14, Edition 2, 2-7.

O'Connor, F.G., Grunberg, N.E., Kellermann, A.L., & Schoomaker, E. (in press). Leadership education and development at the Uniformed Services University. Military Medicine.

Callahan, C., & Grunberg, N.E. (in preparation). Military medical leadership. To appear in O'Connor, F., Schoomaker, E., Smith, D. (Editors). Textbook of military medicine.

Professional Activities

From left to right: Erin Barry, Dr. Neil Grunberg, and Alice Graham

Selected Professional Activities: Dr. Grunberg is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and Society for Behavioral Medicine. He is a founding member of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, and a member of the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Neuroscience, Sigma Xi, and Academy of Medicine of Washington, D.C. He has been an editor for Addiction, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, and US Surgeon Generals' Reports. He serves as a scientific consultant to the Maryland Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Resource Center, the Maryland Smoking Cessation Quitline (MD Quit), and the Dr. Grunberg and CPT Matthew Moosey Maryland State Mental Health and Substance Abuse treatment programs. He is a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine's Wisdom Council, the editorial board of Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, and a contributing reviewer to F1000 (an electronic biomedical research journal source).

Selected Awards

American Psychological Association's Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology (1989), Centers for Disease Control Awards (1988, 1990), US Surgeon General's Medallion (1990), USU Outstanding Biomedical Graduate Educator Award (1999, 2008), US FDA Research Award (2005),Society of Behavioral Medicine Distinguished Scientist Award (2006), USU Center for Health Disparities Building Partnerships for Better Health Award (2006), USU Carol J. Johns Award to enhance USU programs, faculty, and reputation (2007), USU Cinda Helke Award for Graduate Student Advocacy (2008), USU awards for Medical Student Teaching, Research Mentoring, Distinguished Service, and Outstanding Performance.

From left to right: Erin Barry, Edny Joseph 2LT, Dr. Neil Grunberg, CPT Angela Yarnell, and Edwin Szeto