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Caryn Lerman, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Mary W. Calkins Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Deputy Director, Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Neuroscience of Behavior Initiative , University of Pennsylvania
Co-Director, Penn Medicine Neuroscience Center, University of Pennsylvania
Department: Psychiatry

Contact information
Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction (CIRNA)
3535 Market Street, Suite 4100
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-746-7141
Fax: 215-746-7140
Graduate Group Affiliations
B.S. (Psychology)
Pennsylvania State University , 1981.
M.S. (Psychology)
University of Southern California , 1982.
Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology)
University of Southern California , 1984.
(Internship in Clinical/Medical Psychology)
Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center , 1985.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern in Clinical/Medical Psychology, Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center, 1984-1985.
Teleos Leadership Institute, Certification as Executive Coach, 2015.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Lerman’s research interests focus on translating research in neuroscience, pharmacology, genetics and behavioral science to develop improved interventions for health risk behavior change.

Description of Clinical Expertise

Licensed clinical psychologist

Description of Other Expertise

Teleos Leadership Institute, Certification as Executive Coach

Selected Publications

Wang Z, Faith M, Patterson F, Tang K, Kerrin K, Wileyto EP, Detre JA, Lerman C.: Neural substrates of abstinence-induced cigarette cravings in chronic smokers. Journal of Neuroscience 27: 14030-14040, 2007.

Loughead J, Wileyto EP, Valdez NJ, Sanborn P, Tang K, Strasser AA, Ruparel K, Ray R, Gur RC, Lerman C.: Effect of abstinence challenge on brain function and cognition in smokers differs by COMT genotype. Molecular Psychiatry 14(8): 820-826, 2009.

Loughead J, Ray R, Wileyto EP, Ruparel K, Sanborn P, Siegel S, Gur RC, Lerman C.: Effects of the alpha4beta2 partial agonist varenicline on brain activity and working memory in abstinent smokers. Biological Psychiatry 67(8): 715-721, 2010.

Schnoll RA, Patterson F, Wileyto EP, Heitjan D, Shields AE, Asch D, Lerman C. : Effectiveness of extended duration transdermal nicotine therapy: a randomized trial. Annals of Internal Medicine 152(3): 144-151, 2010.

Lerman C, Jepson C, Wileyto EP, Patterson F, Schnoll R, Mroziewicz M, Benowitz N, Tyndale RF.: Genetic variation in nicotine metabolism predicts the efficacy of extended duration transdermal nicotine therapy. Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics 87(5): 553-557, 2010.

Ray R, Ruparel K, Newberg A, Wileyto EP, Loughead J, Divgi C, Blendy JA, Logan J, Zubieta JK, Lerman C. : Human mu opioid receptor (OPRM1 A118G) polymorphism is associated with brain mu opiod receptor binding potential in smokers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108(22): 9268-9273, 2011.

Mrazek DA, Lerman C. : Pharmacogenomics: facilitating clinical implementation. Journal of the American Medical Association 306(3): 304-305, 2011.

Perkins KA, Lerman C. : Early human screening of medications to treat drug addiction: novel paradigms and the relevance of pharmacogenetics. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 89(3), 2011.

Gold AB, Wileyto EP, Lori A, Conti D, Cubells JF, Lerman C. : Pharmacogenetic association of the Galanin Receptor (GALR1) SNP rs2717162 with smoking cessation. Neuropsychopharmacology 37(7): 1683-1688, 2012.

Falcone M, Gold A, Wileyto EP, Ray R, Ruparel K, Newberg A, Dubroff J, Logan J, Zubieta J-K, Blendy J, Lerman C.: µ-opioid receptor availability in the amygdala is associated with smoking for negative affect relief. Psychopharmacology 222(4): 701-708, 2012.

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