Francis (Joe) McClernon, Ph.D.

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Phone: 919-668-3987

Health Behavior Neuroscience Research Program
2608 Erwin Rd., Suite 300
Durham, NC 27705

Email: francis DOT mcclernon AT duke DOT edu

Associate Professor and Director

Health Behavior Neuroscience Research Program

Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine

DIBS Faculty, DIBS Investigator, Member, DIBS Center, D-CIDES Member

Research Description

My research interests include the neurobiological basis of drug craving and reward, nicotine dependence among individuals with psychiatric illnesses, and the effects of nicotine on cognition and behavior in humans. I work with other researchers to develop new smoking cessation treatments using modern learning and pharmacological techniques and principles.


Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, Psychology, General Clinical Psychology Program, 2001

Clinical Internship, Medical University of South Carolina and V.A. Medical Center Consortium, 2001

M.A., Southern Illinois University, Psychology, General Clinical Psychology Program, 1998

B.A., Rockhurst University, Psychology, 1992

Recent Publications

Addicott, M. A., Froeliger, B. F., Kozink, R. V., Van Wert, D., Westman, E.C., Rose, J. E., McClernon, F. J. (2014). Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Smoking Factors Differentially Modulate Craving, Withdrawal and Cerebral Blood Flow as Measured with Arterial Spin Labeling, Neuropsychopharmacology, 39, 2750-2759.

Mitchell, J. T., Schick, R. S., Hallyburton, M., Dennis, M. F., Kollins, S. H., Beckham, J. C., & McClernon, F. J. (2014). Combined ecological momentary assessment and global positioning tracking to assess the spatial distribution of risk behavior: A proof of concept study targeting smoking behavior. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 10, 19-29.

Froeliger, B., Modlin, L.A., Kozink, R.V., Wang, L., McClernon, F.J. (2012). Smoking abstinence and depressive symptoms modulates the executive control system during emotional information processing. Addiction Biology, 17, 668-679.

Research Areas

Research Topics

  • Smoking
  • Neuroimaging
  • Nicotine Dependence