John G. Kerns

John G. Kerns
Professor
204A McAlester Hall
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Research Interests: 

My research is focused on cognitive and emotional control, including its neural basis, factors like substance use that can disrupt its development, and how it is related to psychopathology, especially psychosis and emotion dysregulation.

Selected Publications: 

Hua, J. P. Y., de Lange, S. C., van den Heuvel, M. P., Boness, C. L., Trela, C. J., McDowell, Y. E., Merrill, A. M., Piasecki, T. M., Sher, K. J., & Kerns, J. G. (in press). Alcohol use in emerging adults associated with lower rich-club connectivity and connectome network disorganization. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Hua, J. P. Y., Karcher, N. R., Straub, K. T., & Kerns, J. G. (in press). Associations between long-term psychosis risk, probabilistic category learning, and attenuated psychotic symptoms with cortical surface morphometry. Brain Imaging and Behavior.

Hua, J. P. Y., Trull, T. J., Merrill, A. M., Tidwell, E. A., & Kerns, J. G. (2021). Functional connectivity between the ventral anterior cingulate and amygdala during implicit emotional conflict regulation and daily-life emotion dysregulation. Neuropsychologia, 158, 107905.

Straub, K. T., & Kerns, J. G. (2021). Positive schizotypy, maladaptive openness, and openness facets. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 12, 51-58.

Hua, J. P. Y., Trull, T. J., Merrill, A. M., Myers, O. T. T., Straub, K. T., & Kerns, J. G. (2021). Daily-life negative affect in emotional distress disorders associated with altered frontoinsular emotion regulation activation and cortical gyrification. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 45, 1-18. 

Hua, J. P. Y., Sher, K. J., Boness, C. L., Trela, C. J., McDowell, Y. E., Merrill, A. M., Piasecki, T. M., & Kerns, J. G. (2020). Prospective study examining the effects of extreme drinking on brain structure in emerging adults. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 44, 2200-2211.

Straub, K. T., Hua, J. P. Y., Karcher, N. R., & Kerns, J. G. (2020). Psychosis risk is associated with decreased white matter integrity in limbic network corticostriatal tracts. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 301: 111089.

Hua, J. P. Y., Piasecki, T. M., McDowell, Y. E., Boness, C. L., Trela, C. J., Merrill, A. M., Sher, K. J., & Kerns, J. G. (2020). Alcohol use in young adults associated with cortical gyrification. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 209, 107925.

Hua, J. P. Y., Trull, T. J., Merrill, A. M., McCarty, R. M., Straub, K. T., & Kerns, J. G. (2020). Daily-life affective instability in emotional distress disorders is associated with function and structure of posterior parietal cortex. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 296, 111028. 

Karcher, N. R., Hua, J. P. Y., & Kerns, J. G. (2019). Probabilistic category learning and striatal functional activation in psychosis risk. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 45, 396-404.

Karcher, N. R., Hua, J. P. Y., & Kerns, J. G. (2019). Striatum-related functional activation during reward- and punishment-based learning in psychosis risk. Neuropsychopharmacology, 44, 1967-1974.

Hua, J. P. Y., Karcher, N. R., Merrill, A. M., O’Brien, K. J., Straub, K. T., Trull, T. J., &  Kerns, J. G. (2019). Psychosis risk is associated with decreased resting-state functional connectivity between the striatum and the default mode network. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 19, 998-1011.