Personal Information

California School of Professional Psychology

Clinical Psychology

San Diego Campus

Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Alliant International University San Diego
10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego CA 92131

858-635-4753

Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Biological Basis of Behavior

Neuropsychology

Psychology of Terrorism

Dissertation Research

Neuropsychological assessment; multimodal neuroimaging including magnetic resonance spectroscopy and diffusion tensor imaging; CNS changes in alcohol and drug dependence and abstinence; neuroimaging and neuropsychological correlates of psychopathy and other personality characteristics; research synthesis and meta-analysis; efficacy and effectiveness of online psychology education.

Sorg, Scott F., Taylor, M. J., Alhassoon, O. M., Gongvatana, W., Theilmann, R. J., Frank, L. R., & Grant, I. (2012). Frontal white matter integrity predictors of adult alcohol treatment outcome. Biological Psychiatry, 71, 262-268.

Alhassoon, O. M., Sorg, S. F., Taylor, M. J., Schweinsburg, B. S., Stephan, R. A., Gongvatana, W., Stricker, N. H., Grant, I. (2012). Callosal white matter microstructural recovery in abstinent alcoholics: A longitudinal diffusion tensor imaging study. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 36, 1922-1931.

Dalenberg, C. J., Glaser, D., Alhassoon, O. M. (2012) Statistical support for subtypes in posttraumatic stress disorder: The how and why of subtype analysis. Depression & Anxiety, 29, 671-678.

Gongvatana, A, Schweinsburg, B.C., Taylor, M.J., Theilmann, R.J., Letendre, S.L., Alhassoon, O.M., Jacobus, J., Woods, S.P.,Jernigan, T.L., Frank, L.R., Grant, I., and The CHARTER Group. (2009). White Matter Tract Injury and Cognitive Impairment in HIV-Infected Individuals. Journal of Neurovirology, 15, 187-95.

S., Rihmer, Z., Gonda, X., Szili, I. , Rihmer, A., Ko, N., Németh, A., Pestality, P., Bagdy, G., Alhassoon, O.M., Akiskal, K. K., Akiskal, H.S. (2008). A study of affective temperaments in Hungary : internal consistency and concurrent validity of the TEMPS-A against the TCI and NEO-PI-R. Journal of Affective Disorders, 106, 45-53.

Taylor , M.J., Schweinsburg, B.C., Alhassoon, O.M., Gongvatana, A., Brown, G.G., Young-Casey, C., Letendre, S.L., Grant, I. & the HNRC Group. (2007). Effects of human immunodeficiency virus and methamphetamine on cerebral metabolites measured with magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Journal of Neurovirology, 13, 150-9.

Schweinsburg, B.C., Taylor, M.J., Alhassoon, O.M., Gonzalez, R., Brown, G.G., Ellis, R.J., Letendre S., Videen, J.S., McCutchan, J.A., Patterson, T.L., Grant, I. & the HNRC Group. (2005). Brain mitochondrial injury in human immunodeficiency virus-seropositive (HIV+) individuals taking nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. Journal of NeuroVirology, 11, 356-364.

Taylor , M.J., Letendre, S.L., Schweinsburg, B.C., Alhassoon, O. M., Brown, G.G., Gongvatana, A., Grant, I. & the HNRC Group. (2004). Hepatitis C Virus infection is associated with reduced white matter N-acytelaspartate in abstinent methamphetamine users. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10, 110-113.

Schweinsburg, B.C., Alhassoon, O.M., Taylor , M.J., Gonzalez, R., Brown, G.G., Videen, J.S., Patterson, T.L., Grant, I. (2003). Effects of alcoholism and gender on brain metabolism. American Journal of Psychiatry, 160, 1180-1183.

Schweinsburg, B. C., Taylor , M. J., Alhassoon, O. M., Videen, J. S., Brown, Gregory, G., Patterson, T.L., Berger, F., & Grant, I. (2001). Chemical pathology in brain white matter of recently detoxified alcoholics: A 1H magnetic resonance spectroscopy investigation of alcohol-associated frontal lobe injury. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 25, 924-934.

Schweinsburg B.C., Alhassoon, O.M., Taylor , M.J., Videen, J.S., Patterson, T.L., and Grant, I. (2001). 1H spectroscopy reveals vulnerability of frontal white matter in abstinent alcoholics. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 7, 191.

Alhassoon, O. M., Dupont, R.M., Schweinsburg, B.C., Taylor , M.J., Patterson, T.L., & Grant, I. (2001). Regional cerebral blood flow in cocaine versus methamphetamine dependent patients with a history of alcoholism. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 4, 105-112.

Taylor , M.J., Schweinsburg, B.C., Alhassoon, O.M., Videen, J.S., Grant, I. , & the HNRC Group. (2000). MR spectroscopy in HIV and stimulant dependence. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 6, 83-85.

Schweinsburg, B. C., Taylor , M. J., Alhassoon, O. M., Videen, J. S., Patterson, T.L., & Grant, I. (2000). Elevated myo-Inositol in gray matter of recently detoxified but not long term abstinent alcoholics: a preliminary MR spectroscopy study, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 24, 699-705.

Marcotte, T. D., Heaton, R. K., Wolfson, T., Taylor , M. J., Alhassoon, O. M., Arfaa, K., Grant, I. & the HNRC Group. (1999). The impact of HIV-related neuropsychological dysfunction on driving behavior. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 5, 579-592.

Abstracts

Matevosyan, A., Delano-Wood, L., Alhassoon, O. M., Lanni, L. B., Luc, N. K., Kim, R., Sorg, S., Jacobson, M. W., Jak, A. J., Meloy, M. J., Hanson, K. L. & Schiehser, D. M. (2013) Neuropsychological predictors of quality of life in veterans with mild to moderate traumatic brain injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 19-S1, 233.

Sari, C., Alhassoon, O. M., Wideqvist, C., Kllstrand, J, & Johanson A. (2012) Validation of the adult ADHD self-report scale in a Swedish sample - A pilot study. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18-S2, 44.

Alhassoon, O.M., Sorg, S.S., Taylor, M.J., Stephan, R.A., Sari, C., Schweinsburg B.C., & Grant I. (2012) Recovery of executive functioning among abstinent alcohol-dependent patients. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18-S2, 70.

Alhassoon, O. M., Taylor, M. J., Schweinsburg, B. C., Sorg, S., Stephan, R. A., & Grant, I. (2010). Frontal deficits among alcoholic subtypes identified through MMPI-2 clinical scales. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 24, 926.

Choi, M., Alhassoon, O.M., Taylor M.J., Allen, K., Igor, G., Heaton, R.K., Cherner, M., & the HNRC Group (2010). The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 24, 920.

Sorg, S., Taylor , M.J., Schweinsburg, B.C., Alhassoon, O.M., Gongvatana, A., Theilmann, R.J., Grant, I. (2008). White Matter Integrity Measured With Diffusion Tensor Imaging Predicts Alcohol Relapse Within Six Months Of Treatment. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 32-S2, 103A.

Taylor , M.J., Sorg, S., Alhassoon, O.M., Schweinsburg, B.C., Gongvatana, A., Theilmann, R.J., Grant, I. (2008). Neuronal Integrity Measured With MR Spectroscopy Is Predictive Of Alcohol Relapse Within Six Months Of Treatment. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 32-S2, 104A.

Gongvatana, A., Schweinsburg, B.C., Taylor, M.J., Theilmann, R.J., Letendre, S.L., Alhassoon, O.M., Jacobus, J., Woods, S.P., Franklin, D.R., Jernigan, T.L., Frank, L.R. & Grant, I. (2008). HIV-Associated White Matter Tract Injury and Neurocognitive Impairment in the HAART Era. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 14-S1, 145.

Alhassoon, O. M. (2007). Impact of psychiatric and other co-morbidities on neuropsychological functioning in alcoholism. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13-S1, 132-133.<

Taylor, M.J., Alhassoon, O.M., Schweinsburg, B.C., Gongvatana, A., Theilmann, R.J., & Grant, I. (2006). Relation of microstructural to metabolic markers of cerebral white matter integrity in recently-detoxified alcoholics: a diffusion tensor imaging and proton MR spectroscopy study. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 30-S2, 138A.

Alhassoon, O M., Schweinsburg, B C., Taylor, M J., Patterson, T L., Brown, G G., Gongvatana, A, Grant, I. (2004) Frontal lobe neurochemical & neuropsychological differences between alcoholic subtypes identified through MMPI scale-4: A magnetic resonance spectroscopy study. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, 28, 22.

Alhassoon, O M., Schweinsburg, B C., Taylor, M J., Patterson, T L., Brown, G G., Gongvatana, A, Grant, I. (2004) Frontal lobe neurochemical & neuropsychological differences between alcoholic subtypes identified through MMPI scale-4: A magnetic resonance spectroscopy study. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, 28, 22.

Taylor , M. J., Letendre, S.L., Schweinsburg, B.C., Alhassoon, O.M., Grant, I. ,& the HNRC Group. (2003) Reduced N-acetylaspartate related to hepatitis C virus infection In abstinent methamphetamine users. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 9, 246.

Taylor , M. J., Letendre, S.L., Schweinsburg, B.C., Alhassoon, O.M., Grant, I. ,& the HNRC Group. (2003) Reduced N-acetylaspartate related to hepatitis C virus infection In abstinent methamphetamine users. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 9, 246.

Schweinsburg, B.C., Gonzalez, R., Taylor , M.J., Alhassoon, O.M., Cherner, M., Brown, G.G., Grant, I. , & the HNRC Group. (2003) Age-related cerebral changes in abstinent methamphetamine users. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 9, 200.

Schweinsburg, B.C., Alhassoon, O.M., Taylor , M.J., Dager, A.D., Gonzalez, R., Tapert, S.F., Patterson, T.L., & Grant. I. (2002). Alcoholic females are more susceptible than males to alcohol related brain injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 8, 287.

Taylor , M.J., Schweinsburg, B.C., Alhassoon, O.M., Brown, G.G., Heaton, R.K., & Grant, I. (2002). Concordance of MR spectroscopic and neuropsychological deficits in HIV and methamphetamine dependence. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 8, 314.

Schweinsburg, B.C., Taylor , M.J., Alhassoon, O.M., Dager, A.D., Tapert, S.F., Patterson, T.L., & Grant. I. (2002). Spectroscopy and cognitive functioning in alcoholics withwithdrawal seizures. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 8, 252.

Taylor , M.J., Alhassoon, O.M., Schweinsburg, B.C., Patterson, T.L., Grant, I. (2001). Learning deficits in recently detoxified alcoholics measured using the California Verbal Learning Test – Second edition. The Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology 16, 806-807.

Schweinsburg, B.C., Alhassoon, O.M., Taylor , M.J., Brown, G.G., Videen, J.S., Patterson, T.L., and Grant, I. (2001). 1H MR spectroscopy predicts executive dysfunction and learning difficulties in recently detoxified alcoholics. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 25, 78.

Taylor , M.J., Schweinsburg, B.C., Alhassoon, O.M., Brown, G.G., Videen, J.S., Patterson, T.L., and Grant, I. (2001). MR spectroscopy provides evidence of early aging in the brains of alcoholics. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 25, 78.

Alhassoon, O.M., Taylor , M.J., Schweinsburg, B.C., Dupont, R., Patterson, T.L., and Grant, I. (2000) Relationship between prefrontal perfusion and MMPI scale 4 in recently detoxified alcoholics. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 6, 381

Schweinsburg, B.C., Alhassoon, O.M., Taylor , M.J., Patterson, T.L., & Grant, I. (2000). Tc-99m HMPAO SPECT and neuropsychological performance in long-term abstinent alcoholics with a history of stimulant abuse. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 6, 237.

Taylor, M. J., Alhassoon, O. M., Schweinsburg, B. C., Videen, J. S., Patterson, T., Grant, I. , & the HNRC Group (2000). Reduced N-acetylaspartate related to neuropsychological deficits in methamphetamine users: A magnetic resonance spectroscopy study. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 6, 236-237.

Alhassoon, O. M., Schweinsburg, B. C., Taylor, M. J., Dupont, R. M., Patterson, T. L. & Grant, I. (1999). SPECT cerebral perfusion in recently detoxified alcoholics with and without stimulant abuse. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 13, 224.

Taylor , M. J., Schweinsburg, B. C., Alhassoon, O. M., Videen, J. S., Grant, I. & the HNRC Group (1999). Additive effects of HIV and stimulant dependence as measured by proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 5, 155.

Alhassoon, O.M., Schweinsburg, B.C., Taylor , M.J., Diehr, M., Patterson, T.L., & Grant, I. (1998). Recovery of neuropsychological functioning in long-term abstinent alcoholics. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 12, 288-289.

Alhassoon, O. M., Schweinsburg, B. C., Videen, J. S., Taylor, M. J., Patterson, T. L., & Grant, I. (1998). Brain myo-Inositol in short and long term abstinent alcoholics: A magnetic resonance spectroscopy study. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 22, 62.

Alhassoon, O.M., Dupont, R.M., Taylor , M.J., Schweinsburg, B.C., Lehr, P.P., & Grant, I. (1998). SPECT cerebral perfusion in recently detoxified and long-term abstinent alcoholics and polydrug abusers. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 4, 21.

Diehr, M. C., Marcotte, T. D., Alhassoon, O. M., Heaton, R. K., Nelson, J., Grant, I. & the HNRC Group (1998). Comparison of CANTAB with a traditional neuropsychological test battery in HIV disease. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 4, 33.

Schweinsburg, B.C., Videen, J.S., Alhassoon, O.M., Taylor , M.J., Patterson, T.L., & Grant, I. (1998). 1H MR Spectroscopy in short and long term abstinent alcoholics. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 12, 285.

Marcotte, T. D., Heaton, R. K., Alhassoon, O. M., Taylor , M. J., Arfaa, K., Grant, I. , & the HNRC Group (1997). Mild HIV-related cognitive impairement is associated with reduced performance on a driving simulator. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 3, 14.

Al-Delaimy, W. K., Alhassoon, O.M., & McKinnett, M. (2013). Global Mental Health: Defining challenges for refugees and migrants. Paper presented at the UC Global Health Day Conference, Riverside, CA, 2013.

Reader, A., Minassian, A., Risbrough, V., Geyer, M., Baker, D., Litz, B., Nash, Nievergelt, C., W., Gevirtz, R., Alhassoon, O. M. (2012). Examining heart rate variability and salivary alpha amylase in predicting PTSD in combat-experienced marines. Poster presented at the Anxiety & Depression Association of American, Arlington, VA, April 12-15, 2012.

Alhassoon, O.M. & Al-Delaimy, W. K. (2012). Prevalence of traumatic experiences in Iraqi versus other refugees resettled in California. Poster presented at the Anxiety & Depression Association of American, Arlington, VA, April 12-15, 2012.

Alhassoon, O.M., Taylor, M.J., Sorg, S.F., Schweinsburg, B.C., Gongvatana, W., Stephan, R.A., Stricker, N.H., & Grant, I. (2011). White matter recovery in abstinent alcoholics: A longitudinal diffusion tensor imaging study. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C., May 26-29, 2011.

Zelman, D., Peachey, J., Ammen, S. & Alhassoon, O. M. (2011). Routine quantitative educational effectiveness measures in on-line courses using the Moodle questionnaire feature. Poster presented at the Alliant International University Retreat, San Jose, CA., January 5-7, 2011.

Alhassoon, O. M. & Zelman, D. (2011). Use of Moodle exercise to reinforce weekly reading, writing, and deeper processing of complex material: Preliminary pilot data. Poster presented at the Alliant International University Retreat, San Jose, CA., January 5-7, 2011

Alhassoon, O.M., Taylor, M.J., Sorg, S.F., Schweinsburg, B.C., Gongvatana, W., Stephan, R.A., Stricker, N.H., & Grant, I. (2011). White matter recovery in abstinent alcoholics: A longitudinal diffusion tensor imaging study. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C., May 26-29, 2011.

Sigafus, P. B., Gevirtz, R., Alhassoon, O.M., Hubbard, D. R. (2010). Neural correlates of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback Training: Can Training Increase Mindfulness? Poster presented the Annual Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) Conference in San Diego, CA., March 27th, 2010.

Sigafus, P. B., Gevirtz, R., Alhassoon, O.M., Hubbard, D. R. (2010). Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback and Mindfulness: A Functional Neuroimaging Case Study. Poster presented at the Cleveland Clinic Heart Brain Summit in Las Vegas, NV., September 24th, 2010.

Sigafus, P. B., Gevirtz, R., Alhassoon, O. M, Hubbard, D. R. (September, 2010). Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback and Mindfulness: A Functional Neuroimaging Case Study. Poster presented at the Cleveland Clinic Heart Brain Summit in Las Vegas, NV.

Priest, G. E., Dahlin, K. M., Lucas, K. M., Stevens, J. M., Rivas, T. M., Lightman, N. S., Castilli, M., Alhassoon, O. M., Thorp, S. R., & Dalenberg, C. J. (August, 2010). Biologically-oriented Publications in Child and Adult PTSD Research: Emerging Trends. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Sigafus, P. B., Gevirtz, R., Alhassoon, O. M., Hubbard, D. R. (March, 2010). Neural correlates of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback Training: Can Training Increase Mindfulness? Poster presented the Annual Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) Conference in San Diego, CA.

Academic History and Background

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology for San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, 2003

California Board of Psychology License Number: PSY22494

American Psychological Association: Electronic Resources Advisory Committee.

Professional Practice and Community Service

Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California, California Board of Psychology License Number: PSY22494

Director of the Institute of Brain Research and Integrated Neuropsychological Service

Ad Hoc reviewer

Institute of Brain Research and Integrated Neuropsychological Services