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Marilyn Huckans Ph.D.

Dr. Huckans actively mentors and supervises graduate students and post-doctoral fellows interested in clinical and research training. As psychology practicum coordinator, she coordinates clinical placements for doctoral and master’s level psychology students at PVAMC.


  • B.S., Cornell University, 0 0 1996
  • Ph.D., George Mason University 2004
  • Fellowship:

    • Neuropsychology post-doctoral fellowship, Portland VA Medical Center, 2003-2007


  • "Protective effects of higher cognitive reserve for neuropsychological and daily functioning among individuals infected with hepatitis C" Journal of NeuroVirology October 2013
  • "Discounting of delayed rewards and executive dysfunction in individuals infected with hepatitis C" Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology February 2011
  • "Corticotropin releasing factor-1 receptor antagonism alters the biochemical, but not behavioral effects of repeated interleukin-1β administration" Neuropharmacology January 2012
  • "Methamphetamine causes persistent immune dysregulation" Neurotoxicity Research July 2011
  • "Global and local morphometric differences in recently abstinent methamphetamine-dependent individuals" NeuroImage May 1 2010
  • "Comparing the Neuropsychological Test Performance of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans with and without Blast Exposure, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms" Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society June 30 2015
  • "Predictors of pain intensity and pain functioning in patients with the hepatitis C virus" General Hospital Psychiatry  2010
  • "Partial MHC/Neuroantigen Peptide Constructs" PLoS One February 27 2013
  • "Antiviral therapy completion and response rates among hepatitis c patients with and without schizophrenia" Schizophrenia Bulletin January 2010
  • "Management of hepatitis C disease among VA patients with schizophrenia and substance use disorders" Psychiatric Services March 2006
  • "Neuroimmune mechanisms of cytokine-induced depression" Neurobiology of Disease March 2010
  • "Efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation therapies for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in older adults" Neuropsychology Review March 2013
  • "Cognitive enhancement in combination with 'brain repair' may be optimal for the treatment of stimulant addiction" Addiction May 2011
  • "Vulnerability to somatic symptoms of depression during interferon-alpha therapy for hepatitis C" Journal of Psychosomatic Research January 2013
  • "The influence of antiviral therapy on psychiatric symptoms among patients with hepatitis C and schizophrenia" Antiviral Therapy  2010
  • "Hepatitis C testing and infection rates in bipolar patients with and without comorbid substance use disorders" Bipolar Disorders March 2008
  • "Substance use disorders" Pharmacology and Therapeutics August 2013
  • "Integrated hepatitis C virus treatment" AIDS October 2005
  • "Multi-analyte profile analysis of plasma immune proteins" Brain and Behavior  2014
  • "Interferon alpha therapy for hepatitis C" Substance Abuse: Treatment, Prevention, and Policy January 12 2007
  • "Depressive symptoms in patients with chronic hepatitis C are correlated with elevated plasma levels of interleukin-1β and tumor necrosis factor-α" Neuroscience Letters January 17 2008
  • "A pilot study examining effects of group-based cognitive strategy training treatment on self-reported cognitive problems, psychiatric symptoms, functioning, and compensatory strategy use in OIF/OEF combat veterans with persistent mild cognitive disorder and history of traumatic brain injury" Journal of rehabilitation R&D  2010
  • "A longitudinal study evaluating the effects of interferon-alpha therapy on cognitive and psychiatric function in adults with chronic hepatitis C" Journal of Psychosomatic Research February 1 2015
  • "Adipocytokine signaling is altered in flinders sensitive line rats, and adiponectin correlates in humans with some symptoms of depression" Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior January 2013
  • "The cognitive effects of hepatitis C in the presence and absence of a history of substance use disorder" Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society  2009
  • "Cortical activation during delay discounting in abstinent methamphetamine dependent individuals" Psychopharmacology December 2008
  • "Plasma inflammatory factors are associated with anxiety, depression, and cognitive problems in adults with and without methamphetamine dependence" Frontiers in Psychiatry  2015
  • "Everyday problems with executive dysfunction and impulsivity in adults recovering from methamphetamine addiction" Addictive Disorders and their Treatment  2016
  • "Compensatory Cognitive Training for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn Veterans With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury" Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation March 28 2016
  • "Effect of epigallocatechin gallate supplementation in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder" Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology  2013

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