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Brian Sherman PhD

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  • Assistant Professor
  • College of Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Academic Focus
  • mechanisms and treatment of substance use disorders, cannabis
  • cue-reactivity, implicit cognitive bias, stress
  • sex and gender factors
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Dr. Sherman earned his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Columbia University in 2012. He then worked as an addiction psychologist for three years at the Center for Motivation and Change in New York City before completing a research fellowship in addiction sciences at MUSC. Dr. Sherman’s research broadly concerns treatment development for substance use disorders. Through human laboratory studies and clinical trials his work focuses on understanding mechanisms of addiction, including incentive-motivational processes, reward processing, and cue-reactivity, as well as the role of stress in substance use and relapse. An important aspect of Dr. Sherman’s research is the investigation of sex and gender factors that may inform gender-specific treatment development. Dr. Sherman is currently funded by an NIH/NIDA K23 career-development award investigating cognitive bias modification for cannabis use disorder, which includes advanced training in neurocognitive assessment. Dr. Sherman is also co-investigator on multiple federally-funded grants investigating mechanisms and treatments for cannabis and cocaine use disorder. Dr. Sherman is licensed in SC and NY state. When he is not busy writing papers, grants, or running study participants, he stays busy raising his two young boys and enjoying coastal South Carolina.