Highlighted Articles


The following selected articles are representative of VCBH research. Click on names for a complete list of their publications on Pub Med.


Philip Ades, M.D.

Remission of recently diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus with weight loss and exercise. Ades PA, Savage PD, Marney AM, Harvey J, Evans KA.  Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. 2015;35(3):193-7.

Insulin Resistance and Diabetes Mellitus in Contemporary Cardiac Rehabilitation. Khadanga S, Savage PD, Ades PA. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. 2016 May 13. 

Robert Althoff, M.D., Ph.D.

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder at Ages 13-18: Results from the National Comorbidity Survey - Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A). Althoff RR, Crehan ET, He J-P, Burstein M, Hudziak JJ, Merikangas KR. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. 2016 Mar;26(2):107-113. 

Suicide Risk Assessment in Hospitals: An Expert System Based Triage Tool. Desjardins I, Cats-Baril W, Maruti S, Freeman K, Althoff RR. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2016 Jun 7. 

Kim Dittus, M.D., Ph.D.

Skeletal Muscle Fiber Atrophy and Fiber Type Distribution in Human Cancer: Effects of Weight Loss and Relationship to Physical Function. Toth MJ, Damien M. Callahan DM, Miller MS, Tourville TW, Hackett S, Couch ME, Dittus K. Clinical Nutrition. 2016 Mar 8. 

Diann E Gaalema, Ph.D.

Financial Incentives to Promote Cardiac Rehabilitation Participation and Adherence among Medicaid Patients. Gaalema DE, Savage P, Rengo J, Cutler AY, Ades PA, Higgins ST. Preventive Medicine. 

Smoking and cardiac rehabilitation participation: Associations with referral, attendance and adherence. Gaalema DE, Cutler, AY, Higgins, ST, Ades, PA. 2015. Preventive Medicine, 80, 67-74.

Hugh Garavan, Ph.D. 

Cannabis use in early adolescence: Evidence of amygdala hypersensitivity to signals of threat. Spechler PA, Orr CA, Chaarani B, Kan KJ, Mackey S, Morton A, Snowe MP, Hudson KE, Althoff RR, Higgins ST, Garavan H, et al. IMAGEN Consortium. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 2015 Dec;16:63-70.

Brain regions related to impulsivity mediate the effects of early adversity on antisocial behavior. Mackey S, Chaarani B, Kan KJ, Spechler PA, Orr C, et al., Althoff RR, Garavan H; IMAGEN Consortium. Biological Psychiatry. 2016 Jan 18. 

Sarah H. Heil, Ph.D.

Using behavioral economic theory to increase use of effective contraceptives among opioid-maintained women at risk of unintended pregnancy. Heil SH, Hand DJ, Sigmon SC, Badger GJ, Meyer MC, Higgins ST. Preventive Medicine. 2016 June 23. 

Contraceptive use and method choice among women with opioid and other substance use disorders: A systematic review. Terplan M, Hand DJ, Hutchinson M, Salisbury-Afshar E, Heil SH. Preventive Medicine. 2015 Nov; 80:23-31. 

Stephen T. Higgins, Ph.D.

Co-occurring risk factors for current cigarette smoking in a US nationally representative sample. Higgins ST, Kurti AN, Redner R, White TJ, Keith DR, Gaalema DE, Sprague BL, Stanton CA, Roberts ME, Doogan NJ, Priest JS. Preventive Medicine. 2016 Feb 21. 

Some recent developments on financial incentives for smoking cessation among pregnant and newly postpartum women. Higgins ST, Solomon LJ. Current Addiction Reports. 2016 Mar; 3(1):9018.   

John R. Hughes, M.D.

Varenicline as a cause of suicidal outcomes. Hughes JR. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 18:2-9. 

Attempts to stop or reduce among heavy cannabis users: A day-by-day description. Hughes JR, Naud S, Budney AJ, Fingar JF, Callas PW. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 30, 389-397. 

Julie Phillips, M.D.

Co-occurring obesity and smoking among US women of reproductive age: associations with educational attainment and health biomarkers and outcomes. Vurbic D, Harder VS, Redner RR, Lopez AA, Phillips JK, Higgins ST. Preventive Medicine. 2015. 80:60-6.

Caring for pregnant opioid abusers in Vermont: a potential model for non-urban areas. Meyer M, Phillips J. 2015. Preventive Medicine. 80:18-22.

Stacey Sigmon, Ph.D.

The untapped potential of office-based buprenorphine treatment. Sigmon SC. 2015. JAMA Psychiatry, 72(4), 395-396.

Bridging waitlist delays with Interim Buprenorphine Treatment: Initial feasibility. Sigmon SC, Meyer AC, Hruska B, Ochalek T, Rose G, Badger GJ, Brooklyn JR, Heil SH, Higgins ST, Moore BA, & Schwartz RP. 2015. Addictive Behaviors, 51,136-142. 

Brian Sprague, Ph.D.

Health behavior change following a diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ: An opportunity to improve health outcomes. Berkman AM, Trentham-Dietz A, Dittus K, Hart V, Vatovec CM, King JG, James TA, Lakoski SG, Sprague BL. Preventive Medicine. 2015 Nov; 80:53-9.

Trends in Health-Related Quality of Life After a Diagnosis of Ductal Carcinoma In Situ. Hart V, Sprague BL, Lakoski SG, Hampton JM, Newcomb PA, Gangnon RE, Trentham-Dietz A. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2016 Apr 20;34(12):1323-9.  

Richard Rawson, Ph.D. * Joined the VCBH in January 2016, publications below represent prior affiliations. 

The globalization of addiction research: Capacity building mechanisms and selected examples. Rawson, RA, Woody G, Kresina TF, & Gust S. 2015. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 23(2), 147-156. 

Impact of an exercise intervention on methamphetamine use outcomes post-residential treatment care. Rawson, RA, Chudzynski J, Mooney L, Gonzales R, Ang A, Dickerson D., Penate J, Salem BA, Dolezal B, & Cooper CB. 2015. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 156, 21-28.