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Bonnie Nagel Ph.D.

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    • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Clinical Psychology School of Medicine
    • Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program School of Medicine
    • Neuroscience Graduate Program School of Medicine

Bonnie Nagel earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in neuropsychology, from the University of Memphis in 2003. Dr. Nagel completed her clinical internship at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD)/VA San Diego healthcare system and went on to complete a 2-year NIMH funded fellowship in biological psychiatry and neuroscience, also at UCSD. After completing her fellowship, Dr. Nagel was awarded an NIH career development award and was appointed as an assistant project scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD. Dr. Nagel joined the faculty at OHSU as an assistant professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience in July of 2006. Dr. Nagel's clinical interests are in the area of pediatric neuropsychology.

Dr. Nagel has extensive experience in the neuropsychological evaluation of children and adolescents referred for a variety of conditions, including epilepsy, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, genetic/metabolic abnormalities, brain tumors, and attention problems. Dr. Nagel's primary research focuses on exploring typical adolescent brain and cognitive development using structural and functional neuroimaging and neuropsychological assessment techniques. Additionally, Dr. Nagel has applied her research findings and methodologies from her studies of normally developing youth to other populations, including pediatric cancer survivors and adolescents with substance abuse disorders. Dr. Nagel has published several peer-reviewed articles in the area of child and adolescent cognition and brain development, serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for several scholarly journals, and regularly attends and presents at professional conferences. Dr. Nagel has also been involved with teaching and supervision of undergraduate, graduate, and medical students.

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  • Ph.D., University of Memphis, 0 2003
  • B.S., Washington State University, 0 1995
  • Fellowship:

    • NIMH post-doctoral fellow, biological psychiatry and neuroscience, UCSD, 2003-05


  • "Effects of prior testing lasting a full year in NCANDA adolescents : Contributions from age, sex, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, site, family history of alcohol or drug abuse, and baseline performance." Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience  In: , Vol. 24, 01.04.2017, p. 72-83.
  • "Adolescent neural response to reward is related to participant sex and task motivation." Brain and Cognition In: , Vol. 111, 01.02.2017, p. 51-62.
  • "Neuroscience of alcohol for addiction medicine : Neurobiological targets for prevention and intervention in adolescents."  Progress in Brain Research. Vol. 223 Elsevier B.V., 2016. p. 215-235 (Progress in Brain Research; Vol. 223).
  • "Structural brain anomalies in healthy adolescents in the NCANDA cohort : relation to neuropsychological test performance, sex, and ethnicity." Brain Imaging and Behavior  In: , 08.10.2016, p. 1-14.
  • "Adolescent Development of Cortical and White Matter Structure in the NCANDA Sample : Role of Sex, Ethnicity, Puberty, and Alcohol Drinking." Cerebral Cortex In: , Vol. 26, No. 10, 01.10.2016, p. 4101-4121.
  • "Aerobic fitness linked to cortical brain development in adolescent males : Preliminary findings suggest a possible role of BDNF genotype." Frontiers in Human Neuroscience In: , Vol. 10, No. JUNE2016, 327, 30.06.2016.
  • "Harmonizing DTI measurements across scanners to examine the development of white matter microstructure in 803 adolescents of the NCANDA study." NeuroImage  In: , Vol. 130, 15.04.2016, p. 194-213.
  • "Binge drinking impacts dorsal striatal response during decision making in adolescents." NeuroImage In: , Vol. 129, 01.04.2016, p. 378-388.
  • "Commentary : Risk taking, impulsivity, and externalizing problems in adolescent development - Commentary on Crone et al. 2016." Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines In: , Vol. 57, No. 3, 01.03.2016, p. 369-370.
  • "Lower Working Memory Performance in Overweight and Obese Adolescents Is Mediated by White Matter Microstructure." Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society In: , Vol. 22, No. 3, 28.01.2016, p. 281-292.
  • "Cognitive, Emotion Control, and Motor Performance of Adolescents in the NCANDA Study : Contributions From Alcohol Consumption, Age, Sex, Ethnicity, and Family History of Addiction." Neuropsychology  In: , 11.01.2016.
  • "The national consortium on alcohol and neuro-development in adolescence (NCANDA) : A multisite study of adolescent development and substance use." Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs In: , Vol. 76, No. 6, 01.11.2015, p. 895-908.
  • "The effects of age, sex, and hormones on emotional conflict-related brain response during adolescence." Brain and Cognition In: , Vol. 99, 01.10.2015, p. 135-150.
  • "Neurobiological Phenotypes of Familial Chronic Pain in Adolescence : A Pilot fMRI Study." Journal of Pain In: , Vol. 16, No. 9, 3104, 01.09.2015, p. 913-925.
  • "Developmental sex differences in resting state functional connectivity of amygdala sub-regions." NeuroImage In: , Vol. 115, 05.07.2015, p. 235-244.
  • "Atypical parietal lobe activity to subliminal faces in youth with a family history of alcoholism." American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse In: , Vol. 41, No. 2, 01.03.2015, p. 139-145.
  • "Family history density of alcoholism relates to left nucleus accumbens volume in adolescent girls." Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs In: , Vol. 76, No. 1, 01.01.2015, p. 47-56.
  • "Advances in human neuroconnectivity research : Applications for understanding familial history risk for alcoholism." Alcohol Research: Current Reviews In: , Vol. 37, No. 1, 2015.
  • "Reduced cerebellar brain activity during reward processing in adolescent binge drinkers." Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience In: , 19.12.2014.
  • "Sex differences in the neural substrates of spatial working memory during adolescence are not mediated by endogenous testosterone." Brain Research In: , Vol. 1593, 17.12.2014, p. 40-54.
  • "Resting state functional connectivity of the nucleus accumbens in youth with a family history of alcoholism." Psychiatry Research - Neuroimaging In: , Vol. 221, No. 3, 30.03.2014, p. 210-219.
  • "Brain connectivity and applications to neuropsychology : Introduction to the special issue of neuropsychology review." Neuropsychology Review In: , Vol. 24, No. 1, 03.2014, p. 1-2.
  • "White matter connectivity and aerobic fitness in male adolescents." Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience In: , Vol. 7, 01.2014, p. 65-75.
  • "Emotional processing and brain activity in youth at high risk for alcoholism." Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research In: , Vol. 38, No. 7, 2014, p. 1912-1923.
  • "White matter microstructure correlates of inhibition and task-switching in adolescents." Brain Research In: , Vol. 1527, 21.08.2013, p. 15-28.
  • "Hemispheric lateralization of verbal and spatial working memory during adolescence." Brain and Cognition  In: , Vol. 82, No. 1, 06.2013, p. 58-68.
  • "Differences in brain activity during a verbal associative memory encoding task in high- and low-fit adolescents." Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience In: , Vol. 25, No. 4, 04.2013, p. 595-612.
  • "Atypical Spatial Working Memory and Task-General Brain Activity in Adolescents with a Family History of Alcoholism." Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research In: , Vol. 37, No. 3, 03.2013, p. 390-398.
  • "High and low sensation seeking adolescents show distinct patterns of brain activity during reward processing." NeuroImage In: , Vol. 66, 01.02.2013, p. 184-193.
  • "Working memory and addictive behavior."   Working Memory: The Connected Intelligence. Taylor and Francis, 2013. p. 187-206.

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