Marlene Oscar Berman, Ph.D.
Location: L-815, BUSM
Recipient of: Visiting Professorship, the University Melbourne, Australia, 2001
Tribute to Lifetime Achievement, Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society, 2004
NIH Senior Scientist Research and Mentorship Award, 2007 – 2015
Henri Begleiter Excellence in Research Award, Research Society on Alcoholism, 2011
Distinguished Career Award, International Neuropsychological Society, 2012
Professor, Ph.D. Program in Behavioral Neuroscience, BUSM, and Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Anatomy & Neurobiology, BUSM
Research Scientist, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System
My research represents a continuation of ongoing projects aimed at understanding the full extent of neuropsychological deficits and intact skills in individuals with brain damage from a variety of etiologies. My colleagues and I use sensitive behavioral paradigms in combination with structural and functional brain imaging technologies. We have made major contributions in multiple distinct areas. Our work probably is best known for characterizing the brain mechanisms underlying perceptual, emotional, and cognitive impairments associated with chronic alcoholism, including alcoholics with and without clinical signs of Korsakoff’s syndrome (severe amnesia for events occurring since the onset of extensive brain damage). We have published approximately 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts, invited reviews, and book chapters. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90-mFrhguuk for a brief overview of Dr. Berman’s current research.