Francis (Joe) McClernon, Ph.D.

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Phone: 919-668-3987

Health Behavior Neuroscience Research Program
Hock Building, Suite 201
Box 2701
2424 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705

Email: francis DOT mcclernon AT duke DOT edu

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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

Kozink, R. V., Kollins, S. H., & McClernon, F. J. (2010). Smoking withdrawal modulates right inferior frontal cortex but not presupplementary motor area activation during inhibitory control. Neuropsychopharmacology, 35, 2600-2606.

Froeliger, B., Kozink, R. V., Rose, J. E., Behm, F. M., Salley, A. N., & McClernon, F. J. (2010). Hippocampal and striatal gray matter volume are associated with a smoking cessation treatment outcome: Results of an exploratory voxel-based morphometric analysis. Psychopharmacology, 210, 577-583.

Research Areas

Research Topics

  • Smoking
  • Neuroimaging
  • Nicotine Dependence