W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center, North Carolina, United States
I am a neuropsychologist interested in brain-behavior relationships as they relate to understanding post-deployment mental health, particularly highly comorbid conditions such as TBI, PTSD, and substance use disorders. I have specific training and expertise in the evaluation of brain-behavior relationships, and cognitive functioning in particular, using standardized instruments and behavioral tests. I have expertise in the use of magnetoencephalography to measure brain function and the application of network analysis to this data. The combination of magnetoencephalography and network analysis provides a powerful and robust platform for evaluating and understanding brain function as it relates to observed behaviors including cognitive function and psychopathology. I am a Research Psychologist with the Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MA-MIRECC) studying post-deployment mental health and the Director of a large (n=3800) multisite longitudinal study of post-deployment mental health. I also serve as co-site PI for the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium – Long-term Impact of Military-Relevant Brain Injury Consortium (CENC-LIMBIC), a national VA/DOD funded study of TBI. I have conducted studies of patients enrolled in residential treatment for both PTSD and substance use disorders at the Salisbury VA Healthcare System, including a pre/post treatment study of individuals enrolled in residential treatment for PTSD. Our group has made several pioneering contributions to science, including characterizing the chronic effects of mild TBI obtained during deployment, the effects of blasts on brain structure and function, and improving the understanding of how combat deployment affects future outcomes.
I do not have any relevant financial / non-financial relationships with any proprietary interests.
Thursday, November 10, 2022
3:35 PM – 3:51 PM