Uraina Clark, PhD
- ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Neurology
Research Topics:AIDS/HIV, Addiction, Aging, Basal Ganglia, Behavior, Brain, Brain Imaging, Cognitive Neuroscience, MRI, Neural Networks, Neuro-degeneration/protection, Neuroscience, Parkinson's Disease, Prefrontal Cortex, Systems Neuroscience
Fellowship, Brown University
PhD, Boston University
Residency, Brown University
Blue Ribbon Award
Suffrage Science Award (Women in Science)
Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award Finalist
Junior Investigator Award
Award for Doctoral Research
Clara Mayo Research Award
National Research Service Award (NRSA F31)
- Health Perceptions and Behaviors
This study investigates the relation between health perceptions and health behaviors.
- Effects of Early-Life Stress on Brain Dysfunction in HIV+ Adults (Project STRIVE)
The purpose of Project STRIVE is to understand how stress affects the brain in HIV-positive and HIV-negative adults.
Clark US, Miller ER, Hegde RR. Experiences of discrimination are associated with greater resting amygdala activity and functional connectivity. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging; In Press.
Clark US, Arce Renteria M, Hegde RR, Morgello S. Early life stress-related elevations in reaction time variability are associated with brain volume reductions in HIV+ adults. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience; In Press.
Robinson‐Papp J, Navis A, Dhamoon MS, Clark US, Gutierrez‐Contreras J, Morgello S. The use of visual rating scales to quantify brain MRI lesions in patients with HIV infection. Journal of Neuroimaging; In Press.
Clark US, Sweet LH, Morgello S, Philip NS, Cohen RA. High early life stress and aberrant amygdala activity: Risk factors for elevated neuropsychiatric symptoms in HIV+ adults. Brain Imaging and Behavior 2017; 11(3): 649-665.
Day AM, Kahler CW, Ahern DC, Clark US. Executive functioning in alcohol use studies: A brief review of findings and challenges in assessment. Current Drug Abuse Reviews 2015; 8(1): 26-40.
Liebel SW, Clark US, Xu X, Riskin-Jones HH, Hawkshead BE, Schwarz NF, Labbe D, Jerskey BA, Sweet LH. An FMRI-compatible Symbol Search task. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society 2015; 21(3): 231-238.
Clark US, Walker KA, Cohen RA, Devlin KN, Falkers AM, Pina MJ, Tashima KT. Facial emotion recognition impairments are associated with brain volume abnormalities in individuals with HIV. Neuropsychologia 2015; 70: 263–271.
Alosco ML, Gunstad J, Beard C, Xu X, Clark US, Labbe DR, Jerskey BA, Ladino M, Cote DM, Walsh EG, Poppas A, Cohen RA, Sweet LH. The synergistic effects of anxiety and cerebral hypoperfusion on cognitive dysfunction in older adults with cardiovascular disease. Journal of geriatric psychiatry and neurology 2015; 28(1): 57-66.
Xu X, Clark US, David SP, Mulligan RC, Knopik VS, McGeary J, MacKillop J, McCaffery J, Niaura RS, Sweet LH. Effects of nicotine deprivation and replacement on BOLD-fMRI response to smoking cues as a function of DRD4 VNTR genotype. Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 2014; 16(7): 939-947.
Alosco ML, Gunstad J, Xu X, Clark US, Labbe DR, Riskin-Jones HH, Terrero G, Schwarz NF, Walsh EG, Poppas A, Cohen RA, Sweet LH. The impact of hypertension on cerebral perfusion and cortical thickness in older adults. Journal of the American Society of Hypertension 2014; 8(8): 561-570.
Xu X, Jerskey BA, Cote DM, Walsh EG, Hassenstab JJ, Ladino ME, Clark US, Labbe DR, Gunstad JJ, Poppas A, Cohen RA, Hoge RD, Sweet LH. Cerebrovascular perfusion among older adults is moderated by strength training and gender. Neuroscience letters 2014; 560: 26-30.
Philip NS, Sweet LH, Tyrka AR, Price LH, Carpenter LL, Kuras YI, Clark US, Niaura RS. Early life stress is associated with greater default network deactivation during working memory in healthy controls: a preliminary report. Brain imaging and behavior 2013; 7(2): 204-212.
Circelli KS, Clark US, Cronin-Golomb A. Visual scanning patterns and executive function in relation to facial emotion recognition in aging. Neuropsychology, Development, and Cognition. Section B, Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition 2013; 20(2): 148-173.
Alosco ML, Gunstad J, Jerskey BA, Clark US, Hassenstab JJ, Xu X, Poppas A, Cohen RA, Sweet LH. Left atrial size is independently associated with cognitive function. The International journal of neuroscience 2013; 123(8): 544-552.
de Dios MA, Kuo C, Hernandez L, Clark US, Wenze SJ, Boisseau CL, Hunter HL, Reddy MK, Tolou-Shams M, Zlotnick C. The development of a diversity mentoring program for faculty and trainees: A program at the Brown Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. The Behavior therapist / AABT 2013; 36(5): 121-126.
Alosco ML, Gunstad J, Jerskey BA, Xu X, Clark US, Hassenstab J, Cote DM, Walsh EG, Labbe DR, Hoge R, Cohen RA, Sweet LH. The adverse effects of reduced cerebral perfusion on cognition and brain structure in older adults with cardiovascular disease. Brain and behavior 2013; 3(6): 626-636.
Clark US, Cohen RA, Sweet LH, Gongvatana A, Devlin KN, Hana GN, Westbrook ML, Mulligan RC, Jerskey BA, White TL, Navia B, Tashima KT. Effects of HIV and early life stress on amygdala morphometry and neurocognitive function. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society 2012; 18(4): 657-668.
Devlin KN, Gongvatana A, Clark US, Chasman JD, Westbrook ML, Tashima KT, Navia B, Cohen RA. Neurocognitive effects of HIV, hepatitis C, and substance use history. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society 2012; 18(1): 68-78.
Clark US, Williams D. Exercise and the brain. In: Brain Imaging in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Neuroscience (2011). New York, NY, Springer; pp257-273.
Clark US, Cohen RA, Westbrook ML, Devlin KN, Tashima KT. Facial emotion recognition impairments in individuals with HIV. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society 2010; 16(6): 1127–1137.
Clark US, Cohen RA. Brain dysfunction in the era of combination antiretroviral therapy: implications for the treatment of the aging population of HIV-infected individuals. Current Opinion in Investigational Drugs 2010; 11(8): 884-900.
Cohen RA, Harezlak J, Gongvatana A, Buchthal S, Schifitto G, Clark U, Paul R, Taylor M, Thompson P, Tate D, Alger J, Brown M, Zhong J, Campbell T, Singer E, Daar E, McMahon D, Tso Y, Yiannoutsos CT, Navia B. Cerebral metabolite abnormalities in human immunodeficiency virus are associated with cortical and subcortical volumes. Journal of Neurovirology 2010; 16(6): 435–444.
Cohen RA, Harezlak J, Schifitto G, Hana G, Clark U, Gongvatana A, Paul R, Taylor M, Thompson P, Alger J, Brown M, Zhong J, Campbell T, Singer E, Daar E, McMahon D, Tso Y, Yiannoutsos CT, Navia B. Effects of nadir CD4 count and duration of human immunodeficiency virus infection on brain volumes in the highly active antiretroviral therapy era. Journal of Neurovirology 2010; 16(1): 25-32.
Clark US, Neargarder S, Cronin-Golomb A. Visual exploration of emotional facial expressions in Parkinson's disease. Neuropsychologia 2010; 48(7): 1901-1913.
Clark US, Neargarder S, Cronin-Golomb A. Specific impairments in the recognition of emotional facial expressions in Parkinson's disease. Neuropsychologia 2008; 46(9): 2300-2309.
Clark US, Oscar-Berman M, Shagrin B, Pencina M. Alcoholism and judgments of affective stimuli. Neuropsychology 2007; 21(3): 346-362.
Polomano RC, Mannes AJ, Clark US, Bennett GJ. A painful peripheral neuropathy in the rat produced by the chemotherapeutic drug, paclitaxel. Pain 2001; 94(3): 293-304.