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Sarah Eisenstein, PhD

Current Position
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

University Roles
Biomedical research

Education and Training
B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology at Tulane University, 2000
M.A. in Psychology at Southeastern Louisiana University, 2004
PhD in Neuroscience at University of Georgia, 2008

Major Awards
-Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Scholarship, 2006
-Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD) Young Investigator Award, 2012


Areas of Research Interests
-Research on D2 dopamine receptor and reward-related behavior using PET neuroimaging in obesity and schizophrenia.
-Research on effects of location of deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus on mood in Parkinson disease
-Pharmacological/neurobiological bases for comorbidity of substance abuse and mental health disorders


Key Publications
Eisenstein SA, Bogdan R, Chen L, Moerlein SM, Black KJ, Perlmutter JS, Hershey T, Barch DM, (2017 Mar). Preliminary evidence that negative symptom severity relates to multilocus genetic profile for dopamine signaling capacity and D2 receptor binding in healthy controls and in schizophrenia. J Psychiatr Res. 86: 9-17.  Full Article ->

Eisenstein SA, Bogdan R, Love-Gregory L, Corral-Frías NS, Koller JM, Black KJ, Moerlein SM, Perlmutter JS, Barch DM, Hershey T, (2016 Oct). Prediction of striatal D2 receptor binding by DRD2/ANKK1 TaqIA allele status. Synapse. 70(10): 418-31.  Full Article ->

Pepino MY, Eisenstein SA, Bischoff AN, Klein S, Moerlein SM, Perlmutter JS, Black KJ, Hershey T, (2016 Sep). Sweet Dopamine: Sucrose Preferences Relate Differentially to Striatal D2 Receptor Binding and Age in Obesity. Diabetes. 65(9): 2618-23.  Full Article ->

Eisenstein SA, Gredysa DM, Antenor-Dorsey JA, Green L, Arbeláez AM, Koller JM, Black KJ, Perlmutter JS, Moerlein SM, Hershey T, (2015 July). Insulin, Central Dopamine D2 Receptors, and Monetary Reward Discounting in Obesity. PLoS ONE. 10(7): e0133621.  Full Article ->

Eisenstein SA, Bischoff AN, Gredysa DM, Antenor-Dorsey JA, Koller JM, Al-Lozi A, Pepino MY, Klein S, Perlmutter JS, Moerlein SM, Black KJ, Hershey T, (2015 Jun). Emotional Eating Phenotype is Associated with Central Dopamine D2 Receptor Binding Independent of Body Mass Index. Sci Rep. 5: 11283.  Full Article ->

Eisenstein SA, Koller JM, Black KD, Campbell MC, Lugar HM, Ushe M, Tabbal SD, Karimi M, Hershey T, Perlmutter JS, Black KJ, (2014 Aug). Functional anatomy of subthalamic nucleus stimulation in Parkinson disease. Ann. Neurol.. 76(2): 279-95.  Full Article ->