David A. Kareken, PhD
Professor of Neurology
Dr. Kareken received his PhD in clinical psychology from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA in 1992. He subsequently completed a research fellowship (T32, NIMH) in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania in neuroimaging and schizophrenia. He has been a faculty member in Neurology and Director of its neuropsychology section since 1997 and is now the department’s vice chair for research. Dr. Kareken is also the director of the Indiana Alcohol Research Center (2P60AA007611), which has been funded by NIAAA for over 30 years across three different directors. Dr. Kareken’s laboratory uses functional neuroimaging to understand the human brain’s reward system as it relates to alcohol use disorders, natural rewards (food) and other drugs of abuse. The lab’s work is targeted toward understanding the brain and genetic vulnerabilities that predispose individuals to alcoholism and obesity. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) since 2000. Dr. Kareken is jointly appointed in the Departments of Psychiatry and Radiology and Imaging Sciences.
Titles & Appointments
- Professor of Clinical Psychology
- Adjunct Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences
- Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry
My research involves the neuroimaging of the human brain’s reward system (using both PET and functional MRI), and motivated behavior for natural rewards (such as food) and drugs of abuse. The work in my lab is broadly targeted to understand the brain and genetic vulnerabilities that may predispose individuals to disorders such as alcoholism and obesity.