Benjamin Mckenna

Title(s)Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolVc-health Sciences-schools
Address9500 Gilman Drive #
La Jolla CA 92093
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    I have interests in 1) understanding the neurobiology and associated cognitive functions impacted by substances of abuse, and 2) interactions between addictions and other mental illnesses. The goals of these interests are aimed at improving treatments in patients with comorbid mental health and substance use diagnoses. I am also a Staff Psychologist in the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System where I work with Veterans with Mood Disorders.

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    1. Sex differences in alcohol's effects on fronto-amygdalar functional connectivity during processing of emotional stimuli. Alcohol Clin Exp Res (Hoboken). 2024 Apr; 48(4):612-622. McKenna BS, Anthenelli RM, Schuckit MA. PMID: 38379361; PMCID: PMC11015979.
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    2. Combining varenicline preloading with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in persons with serious mental illness who smoke: The randomized ACTSLow pilot feasibility trial. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2023 Dec 01; 253:111012. Anthenelli RM, McKenna BS, Giannini J, Attaluri SV, Rubin M, O'Crowley E, Miller S, Heffner JL. PMID: 37931328.
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    3. NIH Toolbox Emotion Battery Findings Among People with HIV: Normative Comparisons and Clinical Associations. Patient Relat Outcome Meas. 2023; 14:15-30. Brody LA, Kamalyan L, Karcher K, Guarena LA, Bender AA, McKenna BS, Umlauf A, Franklin D, Marquine MJ, Heaton RK. PMID: 36814680; PMCID: PMC9939807.
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    4. Low versus high level of response to alcohol affects amygdala functional connectivity during processing of emotional stimuli. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2022 01; 46(1):66-76. McKenna BS, Anthenelli RM, Smith TL, Schuckit MA. PMID: 35064942; PMCID: PMC8820383.
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    5. Psychiatric Comorbidity and Multimorbidity in the EAGLES Trial: Descriptive Correlates and Associations With Neuropsychiatric Adverse Events, Treatment Adherence, and Smoking Cessation. Nicotine Tob Res. 2021 08 29; 23(10):1646-1655. Correa JB, Lawrence D, McKenna BS, Gaznick N, Saccone PA, Dubrava S, Doran N, Anthenelli RM. PMID: 33788933; PMCID: PMC8521682.
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    6. Relationship between level of response to alcohol and acute tolerance. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2021 07; 45(7):1504-1513. Anthenelli RM, McKenna BS, Smith TL, Schuckit MA. PMID: 34086362.
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    7. Abstinence from ethanol dependence produces concomitant cortical gray matter abnormalities, microstructural deficits and cognitive dysfunction. Eur Neuropsychopharmacol. 2021 01; 42:22-34. Somkuwar SS, Villalpando EG, Quach LW, Head BP, McKenna BS, Scadeng M, Mandyam CD. PMID: 33279357; PMCID: PMC7797163.
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    8. DTI-identified microstructural changes in the gray matter of mice overexpressing CRF in the forebrain. Psychiatry Res Neuroimaging. 2020 10 30; 304:111137. Deslauriers J, Toth M, Scadeng M, McKenna BS, Bussell R, Gresack J, Rissman R, Risbrough VB, Brown GG. PMID: 32731113; PMCID: PMC7508966.
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    9. National Institutes of Health Toolbox Emotion Battery: Application of Summary Scores to Adults With Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Stroke. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 10; 100(10):1863-1871. Babakhanyan I, Carlozzi NE, McKenna BS, Casaletto KB, Heinemann AW, Heaton RK. PMID: 31153854.
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    10. Effects of HIV Infection, methamphetamine dependence and age on cortical thickness, area and volume. Neuroimage Clin. 2018; 20:1044-1052. MacDuffie KE, Brown GG, McKenna BS, Liu TT, Meloy MJ, Tawa B, Archibald S, Fennema-Notestine C, Atkinson JH, Ellis RJ, Letendre SL, Hesselink JR, Cherner M, Grant I, TMARC Group. PMID: 30342393; PMCID: PMC6197439.
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    11. Sex differences in the ACTH and cortisol response to pharmacological probes are stressor-specific and occur regardless of alcohol dependence history. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2018 08; 94:72-82. Anthenelli RM, Heffner JL, Blom TJ, Daniel BE, McKenna BS, Wand GS. PMID: 29763783; PMCID: PMC6411284.
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    12. NIH Toolbox® Emotion Batteries for Children: Factor-Based Composites and Norms. Assessment. 2020 04; 27(3):607-620. Paolillo EW, McKenna BS, Nowinski CJ, Thomas ML, Malcarne VL, Heaton RK. PMID: 29618218; PMCID: PMC6205918.
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    13. National Institutes of Health Toolbox Emotion Battery for English- and Spanish-speaking adults: normative data and factor-based summary scores. Patient Relat Outcome Meas. 2018; 9:115-127. Babakhanyan I, McKenna BS, Casaletto KB, Nowinski CJ, Heaton RK. PMID: 29588623; PMCID: PMC5859895.
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    14. Effects of sleep deprivation on component processes of working memory in younger and older adults. Sleep. 2018 03 01; 41(3). Pasula EY, Brown GG, McKenna BS, Mellor A, Turner T, Anderson C, Drummond SPA. PMID: 29361107.
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    15. Steeper Slope of Age-Related Changes in White Matter Microstructure and Processing Speed in Bipolar Disorder. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2017 Jul; 25(7):744-752. Dev SI, Nguyen TT, McKenna BS, Sutherland AN, Bartsch H, Theilmann RJ, Eyler LT. PMID: 28342644; PMCID: PMC5479871.
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    16. Dynamic association between perfusion and white matter integrity across time since injury in Veterans with history of TBI. Neuroimage Clin. 2017; 14:308-315. Clark AL, Bangen KJ, Sorg SF, Schiehser DM, Evangelista ND, McKenna B, Liu TT, Delano-Wood L. PMID: 28210542; PMCID: PMC5299206.
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    17. Neural Predictors of Initiating Alcohol Use During Adolescence. Am J Psychiatry. 2017 Feb 01; 174(2):172-185. Squeglia LM, Ball TM, Jacobus J, Brumback T, McKenna BS, Nguyen-Louie TT, Sorg SF, Paulus MP, Tapert SF. PMID: 27539487; PMCID: PMC5288131.
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    18. Microstructural changes to the brain of mice after methamphetamine exposure as identified with diffusion tensor imaging. Psychiatry Res Neuroimaging. 2016 Mar 30; 249:27-37. McKenna BS, Brown GG, Archibald S, Scadeng M, Bussell R, Kesby JP, Markou A, Soontornniyomkij V, Achim C, Semenova S, Translational Methamphetamine Aids Research Center Tmarc Group. PMID: 27000304; PMCID: PMC4831583.
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    19. Structural imaging for addiction medicine: From neurostructure to neuroplasticity. Prog Brain Res. 2016; 224:105-27. Brown GG, Jacobus J, McKenna B. PMID: 26822356; PMCID: PMC4856004.
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    20. Fusing Functional MRI and Diffusion Tensor Imaging Measures of Brain Function and Structure to Predict Working Memory and Processing Speed Performance among Inter-episode Bipolar Patients. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2015 May; 21(5):330-41. McKenna BS, Theilmann RJ, Sutherland AN, Eyler LT. PMID: 26037664; PMCID: PMC4655813.
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    21. Eye Tracking Reveals Abnormal Visual Preference for Geometric Images as an Early Biomarker of an Autism Spectrum Disorder Subtype Associated With Increased Symptom Severity. Biol Psychiatry. 2016 Apr 15; 79(8):657-66. Pierce K, Marinero S, Hazin R, McKenna B, Barnes CC, Malige A. PMID: 25981170; PMCID: PMC4600640.
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    22. Increased cerebral blood flow associated with better response inhibition in bipolar disorder. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2015 Feb; 21(2):105-15. Dev SI, McKenna BS, Sutherland AN, Shin DD, Liu TT, Wierenga CE, Eyler LT. PMID: 25771682; PMCID: PMC4704684.
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    23. Associations between circadian activity rhythms and functional brain abnormalities among euthymic bipolar patients: a preliminary study. J Affect Disord. 2014 Aug; 164:101-6. McKenna BS, Drummond SP, Eyler LT. PMID: 24856561; PMCID: PMC4079506.
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    24. Abnormalities of brain response during encoding into verbal working memory among euthymic patients with bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disord. 2014 May; 16(3):289-99. McKenna BS, Sutherland AN, Legenkaya AP, Eyler LT. PMID: 24119150; PMCID: PMC3983180.
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    25. BOLD response to working memory not related to cortical thickness during early adolescence. Brain Res. 2013 Nov 06; 1537:59-68. Squeglia LM, McKenna BS, Jacobus J, Castro N, Sorg SF, Tapert SF. PMID: 24012876; PMCID: PMC3833275.
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    26. Bridging the bench to bedside gap: validation of a reverse-translated rodent continuous performance test using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Psychiatry Res. 2013 Jun 30; 212(3):183-91. McKenna BS, Young JW, Dawes SE, Asgaard GL, Eyler LT. PMID: 23570915.
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    27. Linking mathematical modeling with human neuroimaging to segregate verbal working memory maintenance processes from stimulus encoding. Neuropsychology. 2013 Mar; 27(2):243-55. McKenna BS, Brown GG, Drummond SP, Turner TH, Mano QR. PMID: 23527652.
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    28. Overlapping prefrontal systems involved in cognitive and emotional processing in euthymic bipolar disorder and following sleep deprivation: a review of functional neuroimaging studies. Clin Psychol Rev. 2012 Nov; 32(7):650-63. McKenna BS, Eyler LT. PMID: 22926687; PMCID: PMC3922056.
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    29. Age-Related Influences of Prior Sleep on Brain Activation during Verbal Encoding. Front Neurol. 2012; 3:49. Jonelis MB, Drummond SP, Salamat JS, McKenna BS, Ancoli-Israel S, Bondi MW. PMID: 22493590; PMCID: PMC3318226.
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    30. Relationship between obstructive sleep apnea severity and brain activation during a sustained attention task. Sleep. 2009 Mar; 32(3):373-81. Ayalon L, Ancoli-Israel S, Aka AA, McKenna BS, Drummond SP. PMID: 19294957; PMCID: PMC2647791.
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    31. The effects of one night of sleep deprivation on known-risk and ambiguous-risk decisions. J Sleep Res. 2007 Sep; 16(3):245-52. McKenna BS, Dickinson DL, Orff HJ, Drummond SP. PMID: 17716272.
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