Marlene Oscar Berman, PhD
Emeritus Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Anatomy & Neurobiology

PhD, University of Connecticut
MA, Bryn Mawr College
BA, University of Pennsylvania

My expertise covers the neuropsychological deficits and intact skills of a variety of neurological populations, including alcoholics with and without clinical signs of Korsakoff’s syndrome (severe amnesia for events occurring since the onset of extensive brain damage). I am familiar with many experimental paradigms that are employed to detect subtle differences in the behavior of alcoholics compared to that of healthy nonalcoholic controls and neurological patients who have incurred brain damage from other than alcohol-related etiologies. I can evaluate behavioral data as well as conceptual findings from structural and functional brain imaging studies.

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

Research Scientist
VA Boston Healthcare System

Affective and Conative Changes in Alcoholism

Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2019 Affective and Conative Changes in Alcoholism 5R01AA007112-30 99
2018 Affective and Conative Changes in Alcoholism 5R01AA007112-29 99
2017 Affective and Conative Changes in Alcoholism 5R01AA007112-28 99
2016 Affective and Conative Changes in Alcoholism 2R01AA007112-27A1 99
2014 Alcoholism and Brain Functions 5I01CX000326-04 26
2013 Alcoholism and Brain Functions 5I01CX000326-03 26
2013 Affective and Conative Changes in Alcoholism 5R01AA007112-26 99
2012 Alcoholism and Brain Functions 5I01CX000326-02 26
2012 Affective and Conative Changes in Alcoholism 5R01AA007112-25 99
2011 Alcoholism and Brain Functions 1I01CX000326-01 26
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  1. Maleki N, Tahaney K, Thompson BL, Oscar-Berman M. At the intersection of alcohol use disorder and chronic pain. Neuropsychology. 2019 Sep; 33(6):795-807.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31448947; PMCID: PMC6711399; DOI: 10.1037/neu0000558;
  2. Blum K, Gondré-Lewis MC, Modestino EJ, Lott L, Baron D, Siwicki D, McLaughlin T, Howeedy A, Krengel MH, Oscar-Berman M, Thanos PK, Elman I, Hauser M, Fried L, Bowirrat A, Badgaiyan RD. Understanding the Scientific Basis of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Precision Behavioral Management Overrides Stigmatization. Mol Neurobiol. 2019 Nov; 56(11):7836-7850.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31124077; PMCID: PMC6815696; DOI: 10.1007/s12035-019-1600-8;
  3. Sawyer KS, Maleki N, Urban T, Marinkovic K, Karson S, Ruiz SM, Harris GJ, Oscar-Berman M. Alcoholism gender differences in brain responsivity to emotional stimuli. Elife. 2019 04 30; 8. PMID: 31038125; PMCID: PMC6491039; DOI: 10.7554/eLife.41723;
  4. Sawyer KS, Maleki N, Papadimitriou G, Makris N, Oscar-Berman M, Harris GJ. Cerebral white matter sex dimorphism in alcoholism: a diffusion tensor imaging study. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2018 08; 43(9):1876-1883. PMID: 29795404; PMCID: PMC6046037; DOI: 10.1038/s41386-018-0089-6;
  5. Rivas-Grajales AM, Sawyer KS, Karmacharya S, Papadimitriou G, Camprodon JA, Harris GJ, Kubicki M, Oscar-Berman M, Makris N. Sexually dimorphic structural abnormalities in major connections of the medial forebrain bundle in alcoholism. Neuroimage Clin. 2018; 19:98-105. PMID: 30035007; PMCID: PMC6051309; DOI: 10.1016/j.nicl.2018.03.025;
  6. Blum K, Han D, Modestino EJ, Saunders S, Roy AK, Jacobs W, Inaba DS, Baron D, Oscar-Berman M, Hauser M, Badgaiyan RD, Smith DE, Femino J, Gold MS. A Systematic, Intensive Statistical Investigation of Data from the Comprehensive Analysis of Reported Drugs (CARD) for Compliance and Illicit Opioid Abstinence in Substance Addiction Treatment with Buprenorphine/naloxone. Subst Use Misuse. 2018 01 28; 53(2):220-229. PMID: 29257919; DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2017.1400064;
  7. Seitz J, Sawyer KS, Papadimitriou G, Oscar-Berman M, Ng I, Kubicki A, Mouradian P, Ruiz SM, Kubicki M, Harris GJ, Makris N. Alcoholism and sexual dimorphism in the middle longitudinal fascicle: a pilot study. Brain Imaging Behav. 2017 08; 11(4):1006-1017. PMID: 27448160; PMCID: PMC5253343; DOI: 10.1007/s11682-016-9579-5;
  8. Schoenthaler SJ, Blum K, Fried L, Oscar-Berman M, Giordano J, Modestino EJ, Badgaiyan R. The effects of residential dual diagnosis treatment on alcohol abuse. J Syst Integr Neurosci. 2017 07; 3(4). PMID: 28868159; PMCID: PMC5576155
  9. Mosher Ruiz S, Oscar-Berman M, Kemppainen MI, Valmas MM, Sawyer KS. Associations Between Personality and Drinking Motives Among Abstinent Adult Alcoholic Men and Women. Alcohol Alcohol. 2017 Jul 01; 52(4):496-505. PMID: 28379312; PMCID: PMC6322439; DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agx016;
  10. Sawyer KS, Oscar-Berman M, Barthelemy OJ, Papadimitriou GM, Harris GJ, Makris N. Gender dimorphism of brain reward system volumes in alcoholism. Psychiatry Res Neuroimaging. 2017 May 30; 263:15-25. PMID: 28285206; PMCID: PMC5415444; DOI: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2017.03.001;
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Bar chart showing 199 publications over 39 distinct years, with a maximum of 18 publications in 2013


This is Your Brain Off Alcohol

Discover Magazine 8/10/2022

2016-2016 NIH National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Jack H. Mendelson, M.D., Award
2012-2012 International Neuropsychological Society: Distinguished Career Award
2011-2011 Research Society on Alcoholism: Henri Begleiter Excellence in Research Award
2007-2007 Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society: Tribute for Lifetime Achievement
2007-2015 NIH National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Senior Scientist Research and Mentorship Award
2004-2004 Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society: Honorary Emeritus Member
2001-2015 US department of Veterans Affairs: Research Career Scientist Award
1999-2001 University o Melbourne, New South Wales, Australia: Visiting Senior Fellow Award
1995-2005 NIH National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: MERIT Award
1991-1991 Fulbright Foundation: Senior Scholar Award
1987-2020 Boston University School of Medicine: NIH Grant: Affective and Conative Changes in Alcoholism
1980-1981 Society of Sigma Xi: National Lectureship
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Brain and Behavior
Comparative Neuropsychology
Brain Reward System
Korsakoff's Syndrome

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