Mikhail Koffarnus, Ph.D.
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
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Postdoctoral fellow
- Koffarnus MK, Johnson MW, Thompson-Lake DGY, Wesley MJ, Lohrenz T, Montague PR, Bickel WK. (2016). Cocaine-Dependent Adults and Recreational Cocaine Users Are More Likely Than Controls to Choose Immediate Unsafe Sex Over Delayed Safer Sex. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 24(4): 297-304. doi: 10.1037/pha0000080.
- Wesley MJ, Lohrenz T, Koffarnus MN, McClure SM, De La Garza R 2nd, Salas R, Thompson-Lake DG, Newton TF, Bickel WK, Montague PR. (2014). Choosing Money over Drugs: The Neural Underpinnings of Difficult Choice in Chronic Cocaine Users. Journal of Addiction 2014: 189853. doi: 10.1155/2014/189853.
- Koffarnus MN, Bickel WK. (2014). A 5-Trial Adjusting delay discounting task: accurate discount rates in less than one minute. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 22(3): 222-8.
- Koffarnus MN, Wong CJ, Diemer K, Needham M, Hampton J, Fingerhood M, Svikis DS, Bigelow GE, Silverman K. (2011). A randomized clinical trial of a therapeutic workplace for chronically unemployed, homeless, alcohol-dependent adults. Alcohol and Alcoholism 46(5): 561-569.
- Koffarnus MN, Newman AH, Grundt P, Rice KC, Woods JH. (2011). Effects of selective dopaminergic compounds on a delay discounting task. Behavioural Pharmacology 22(4): 300-11.
- Koffarnus MN, Katz JL. (2011). Response requirement and increases in accuracy produced by stimulant drugs in a 5-choice serial reaction time task in rats. Psychopharmacology 213(4): 723-33.