Senior Research Scientist, Human Sleep Research Program
Dr. Eva M. Müller-Oehring is a Senior Research Scholar in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at Stanford University and a Principal Investigator at the Human Neuroscience and Sleep Research Program at SRI International.
Research: Dr. Müller-Oehring’s research investigates the link between brain and behavior across the lifespan. Her work incorporates cognition, mood, and motor functions as well as sleep physiology and multimodal neuroimaging to identify risk and protective factors that modulate the brain-behavior link in psychiatric and neurological conditions. One research focus is on the cognitive and motor neurofunctional changes in healthy aging, neurodegeneration in people living with HIV infection and Parkinson’s disease. She further studies brain-behavior relations in alcohol addiction with focus on neural emotion regulation pathways and sleep physiology to determine whether the sleep–emotion regulation link is dysfunctional in alcohol use disorder. Part of her research looks at adolescent brain and cognitive development in relation to alcohol use and risk for addiction. She is currently PI on the consortium project Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study (ABCD), and part of the National Consortium on Alcohol and NeuroDevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA). Dr. Müller-Oehring has published more than 80 scientific papers.
Teaching: She is adjunct instructor at the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Palo Alto University and teaches classes in Biological Psychology and Psychopharmacology.
Clinical Training: She is a clinical psychologist with training in cognitive-behavioral therapy (German approbation law).
Education: Dr. Müller-Oehring received her undergraduate education in psychology at the University of Trier and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with emphasis in neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience at the OVGU Magdeburg, Germany. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University, CA.
Other: Outside of work, Dr. Müller-Oehring enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She likes being around horses, running, biking, hiking, and occasionally summiting Mount Whitney with her family.
View Müller-Oehring’s publications on Research Gate.
Disruption of cerebellar-cortical functional connectivity predicts balance instability in alcohol use disorder
Whether disruption of neural communication between cerebellar and cortical brain regions exerts an influence on ataxia in alcohol use disorder (AUD) was the focus of this study.
Compromised Frontocerebellar Circuitry Contributes to Nonplanning Impulsivity in Recovering Alcoholics
We tested the hypothesis that alcoholic patients would demonstrate compromised dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) -cerebellar functional connectivity when adjusting their strategies to accommodate uncertain conditions and would recruit compensatory brain regions to overcome ineffective response patterns.
Interhemispheric Functional Connectivity Change Is Linked to Callosal Fiber Integrity Change over a 1-Year Follow-up in Chronic Alcoholics
We tested whether microstructural fiber changes relate to resting-state functional connectivity changes in alcoholics who have maintained sobriety during a one-year interval, and whether these changes are beyond those potentially exhibited by controls.
Sobriety Length and Lifetime Alcohol Consumption Modulate Brain Response to Emotional Faces and Alcohol Pictures in Abstinent Alcoholics
Diffustion Tensor Imaging Detects Callosal Fiber Integrity Change over a 1-Year Follow-up in Chronic Alcoholics Who Maintained Sobriety
Here, we investigated change in CC microstructural fiber integrity over one year in 12 (7w, 5m) alcoholics (ALC) and 13 (7w, 6m) age-matched controls (CTL). ALC and CTL did not differ in years of education (mean=15 years for both groups) or verbal IQ (CTL=107, ALC=104).
A Selective Insular Perfusion Deficit Contributes to Compromised Salience Network Connectivity in Recovering Alcoholic Men
We propose that attenuated insular CBF is a mechanism underlying compromised connectivity among salience network nodes. This local perfusion deficit in alcoholics has the potential to impair ability to switch from cognitive states of interoceptive cravings to cognitive control for curbing internal urges.