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Ronald L. Cowan, MD, PhD

Harrison Distinguished Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry
The University of Tennessee
Health Science Center

University of Tennessee Health Science Center
920 Madison Avenue
Suite 200, Room 262
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901.448.1665
Email: Ronald L. Cowan


PhD Institution: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
MD Institution: Weill Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY
Internship: Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medicial School, Boston, MA
Residency: General Psychiatry, The McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Belmont, MA

Research Interests

Neurobiology of motivated behavior

Representative Publications

  • Atalla SW, Cowan RL, Anderson AR, Dietrich MS, Iversen L, Beth Kalvas L, Moss KO, Wright K, Monroe TB. Determining the impact of age and sex on the psychophysical and neurophysiological response to thermal pain across the adult lifespan. J Adv Nurs. 2021 Mar;77(3):1546-1555. doi: 10.1111/jan.14514. Epub 2021 Jan 15. PubMed PMID: 33450111; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7898385.
  • Romano RR, Carter MA, Dietrich MS, Cowan RL, Bruehl SP, Monroe TB. Could Altered Evoked Pain Responsiveness Be a Phenotypic Biomarker for Alzheimer's Disease Risk? A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Cognitively Healthy Individuals. J Alzheimers Dis. 2021;79(3):1227-1233. doi: 10.3233/JAD-201293. PubMed PMID: 33337380; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7990440.
  • Beach PA, Cowan RL, Dietrich MS, Bruehl SP, Atalla SW, Monroe TB. Thermal Psychophysics and Associated Brain Activation Patterns Along a Continuum of Healthy Aging. Pain Med. 2020 Sep 1;21(9):1779-1792. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnz281. PubMed PMID: 31769853; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7553022.
  • Atalla SW, Kalvas LB, Campbell JL, Anderson AR, Cowan RL, Wright K, Humbel AC, Monroe TB. Neuroimaging Methods for Nursing Science. Nurs Res. 2020 May/Jun;69(3):219-226. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000410. Review. PubMed PMID: 31804432; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7372956.
  • Juarez EJ, Castrellon JJ, Green MA, Crawford JL, Seaman KL, Smith CT, Dang LC, Matuskey D, Morris ED, Cowan RL, Zald DH, Samanez-Larkin GR. Reproducibility of the correlative triad among aging, dopamine receptor availability, and cognition. Psychol Aging. 2019 Nov;34(7):921-932. doi: 10.1037/pag0000403. Epub 2019 Oct 7. PubMed PMID: 31589058; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6829049.
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    Seaman KL, Smith CT, Juarez EJ, Dang LC, Castrellon JJ, Burgess LL, San Juan MD, Kundzicz PM, Cowan RL, Zald DH, Samanez-Larkin GR. Differential regional decline in dopamine receptor availability across adulthood: Linear and nonlinear effects of age. Hum Brain Mapp. 2019 Jul;40(10):3125-3138. doi: 10.1002/hbm.24585. Epub 2019 Apr 1. PubMed PMID: 30932295; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6548655.

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May 26, 2022