Mikhail Koffarnus

Mikhail Koffarnus, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Koffarnus's research focuses on understanding drug abuse and developing drug abuse treatments from behavioral economic and pharmacological perspectives. Decision-making processes are often disrupted in drug users, leading to a systematic preference for immediately available rewards like drugs over delayed rewards like improved health or gainful employment. One of the areas he studies involves how these impulsive versus self-controlled choices are involved in drug abuse and whether modifying these decision-making patterns can improve drug abuse treatment prospects. Additionally, he is interested in these same decision-making patterns that underlie other problematic health behavior such as overeating.

Education and Training

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: Postdoctoral fellowship, Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit
  • University of Michigan: Ph.D., Biopsychology

Previous Positions

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Postdoctoral fellow

Selected Publications

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