Darrin M. Aase, Ph.D.

  Office Location: G 108
  Office Hours: Wed 2 - 4 p.m. - Thurs, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  College: CHHS
  Addictions Studies and Behavioral Health
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The most exciting part of my position at GSU is the opportunity to integrate innovative research projects and clinical experiences into teaching and mentoring activities, and helping students to grow into capable professionals.

Advancing our knowledge of and ability to treat individuals who have complex problems involving addiction, mental health, and medical complications has never been more critical. Working at GSU allows me to make an impact through ongoing scholarship, collaboration with talented colleagues from a variety of academic disciplines, and most importantly, the opportunity to build relationships with students who will pave the way for the future of the field. 

I am a clinical neuropsychologist with a background in clinical-community psychology. My primary areas of expertise are dual-diagnosis, community-based addictions treatment methods, neuropsychological sequelae of medical/psychiatric conditions, and clinical assessment practices. Presently, my research program evaluates neurocognitive and psychiatric functioning among individuals undergoing treatment for alcohol use disorder.

I am also exploring how individual characteristics, such as cognitive functions, psychiatric conditions, and health behaviors, interact with treatment processes. My goal is to help our field to improve treatment outcomes through more informed assessment practices and better recognition of critical mechanisms of treatment and recovery. I also collaborate with the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center on a project exploring neuropsychological functioning, neuroimaging, PTSD, and substance use among post-9/11 veterans. I believe that a commitment to ongoing scholarship is critical in order to promote evidence-based treatment practices, to help our students become capable practitioners and scholars themselves, and to ultimately serve those who are suffering due to alcohol/drug use and associated problems. Moreover, these activities inform my own clinical practice, and allow me to share my experiences integrating research and practice with our students as they prepare for their own careers.  

Working at GSU allows me the opportunity to provide service to the University and larger community. I have enjoyed serving on a number of committees within the University focused on enhancing student learning experiences, and also am involved in several professional organizations wherein I provide service to the field and community. One of the most rewarding parts of my position is the opportunity to collaborate with our community partners in mutually beneficial ways, and to make myself available to help them meet their own needs.


Peer-Reviewed Publications:

 Aase, D.M., Babione, J.M., Proescher, E., Greenstein, J.E., DiGangi, J.A., Schroth, C., Kennedy, A.E., Feeley, S., Tan, M., Cosio, D., & Phan, K.L. (in press). Impact of PTSD on post-concussive symptoms, neuropsychological functioning, and pain in post-9/11 veterans with mild traumatic brain injury. Psychiatry Research.

Aase, D.M., Gorka, S.M., Greenstein, J.E., Proescher, E., Crane, N.A., Everett, L., Hassan, I., Osborn, A., Schroth, C., Kennedy-Krage, A.E, & Phan, K.L. (in press). Cognitive reappraisal moderates the relationship between PTSD symptoms and alcohol use over time in post-9/11 U.S. military veterans. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Khan, N.I., Burkhouse, K.L., Lieberman, L., Gorka, S.M., DiGangi, J.A., Schroth, C., Frederick, A., Kennedy-Krage, A.E., Aase, D.M., Greenstein, J.E., Proescher, E., Hajcak, G., & Phan, K.L. (in press). Individual differences in combat experiences and error-related brain activity in OEF/OIF/OND veterans. International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Fitzgerald, J.M., Gorka, S.M., Kujawa, A., DiGangi, J., Proescher, E., Greenstein, J.E., Aase, D.M., Schroth, C., Afshar, K., Kennedy, A., Hajcak, G., Phan, K.L. (2018). Neural indices of emotional reactivity and regulation predict course of PTSD symptoms in combat-exposed veterans. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 82, 255-262.

Crane, N.A., Gorka, S.M., Burkhouse, K.L., Afshar, K., Greenstein, J.E., Aase, D.M., Proescher, E., Schroth, C., Kennedy, A.E., & Phan, K.L. (2018). Neural Response to Errors is Associated with Problematic Alcohol Use Over Time in Combat-Exposed Returning Veterans: An Event-Related Potential Study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 183, 155-161.

Aase, D.M., DiGangi, J.A., Babione, J.M., Schroth, C., Levy, D.M., Kennedy, A.E., Proescher, E., Greenstein, J.E., Walters, R., Passi, H., Langenecker, S.A., & Phan, K.L. (2017). PTSD Symptoms Are Associated with Visual Retrieval Performance in OEF/OIF/OND Veterans. Psychiatry Research, 257, 156-162.                                 

DiGangi, J.A., Burkhouse, K., Aase, D.M., Babione, J., Schroth, C., Greenstein, J., Proescher., E., & Phan, K.L. (2017). An electrocortical investigation of emotional face processing in military-related posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 92, 132-138.

DiGangi, J., Kujawa, A., Aase, D.M., Babione, J., Schroth, C., Levy, D., Kennedy, A., Greenstein, J., Proescher, E., Walters, R., Passi, H., Langenecker, S., & Phan, K.L. (2017). Affective and cognitive correlates of PTSD: Electrocortical processing of threat and perseverative errors on the WCST in combat-related PTSD. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 75, 63-69.

Gorka, S.M., MacNamara, A., Aase, D.M., Proescher, E., Greenstein, J., Walters, R., Passi, H., Babione, J.M., Levy, D.M., Kennedy, A.E., DiGangi, J.A., Rabinak, C., Schroth, C., Afshar, K., Fitzgerald, J., Hajcak, G., & Phan, K.L. (2016). Impact of alcohol use disorder comorbidity on defensive reactivity to errors in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 30, 733-742. 

Aase, D.M. & Pliskin, N.H. (2015). Social perception and alcohol use disorder: Preliminary findings. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 33, 395-404. 

Hahn-Ketter, A., Aase, D.M., Paxton, J., Fink, J.W., Kelley, K.M., Lee, R.C., & Pliskin, N.H. (2015). Functional outcome over a decade after electrical injury: Psychosocial adjustment and return-to-work status. Journal of Burn Care and Research, 36, 509-512.

Aase, D.M., Fink, J.W., Lee, R.C., Kelley, K.M., & Pliskin, N.H. (2014). Mood and cognition after electrical injury: A follow-up study. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 29, 125-130.  

Aase, D.M., Jason, L.A., Ferrari, J.R., Li, Y., & Scott, G. (2014). Comorbid mental health and substance abuse issues among individuals in recovery homes: Prospective environmental mediators. Mental Health & Substance Use,7, 170-183.  

Majer, J.M., Jason, L.A., Aase, D.M., Droege, J.R., & Ferrari, J.R. (2013). Categorical twelve-step involvement and continuous abstinence at two-years. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 44, 46-51.  

Harvey, R., Mortensen, J., Aase, D.M., Jason, L.A., & Ferrari, J.R. (2013). Factors affecting the sustainability of self-run recovery homes in the United States. International Journal of Self Help & Self Care, 7, 99-109.  

Czarlinski, J.A., Aase, D.M., & Jason, L.A. (2012). Eating disorders, normative eating self-efficacy and body image self-efficacy: Women in recovery homes. European Eating Disorders Review, 20, 190-195. 

Millar, J., Aase, D.M., Jason, L.A. & Ferrari, J.R. (2011). Veterans residing in self-governed recovery homes for substance abuse: Sociodemographic and psychiatric characteristics. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35, 141-144. 

Jason, L.A., Mileviciute, I., Aase, D.M., Stevens, E., DiGangi, J., Contreras, R., & Ferrari, J.R. (2011). How type of treatment and presence of PTSD affect employment, self-regulation, and abstinence. North American Journal of Psychology, 13, 175-186. 

Majer, J.M., Angulo, R.S., Aase, D.M., & Jason, L.A. (2011). Gambling behaviors among Oxford House residents: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Social Service Research, 37, 422-427. 

Jason, L.A., Aase, D.M., Mueller, D.G., & Ferrari, J.R. (2009). Current and previous residents of self-governed recovery homes: Characteristics of long-term recovery. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 27, 442-452. 

Aase, D.M., Jason, L.A., Olson, B.D., Majer, J.M., Ferrari, J.R., Davis, M.I. & Virtue, S.M. (2009). A longitudinal analysis of criminal and aggressive behaviors among a national sample of adults in mutual-help recovery homes. Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery, 4, 82-91.

Ferrari, J.R., Aase, D.M., Mueller, D.G., & Jason, L.A. (2009). Landlords of self-governed recovery homes: An initial exploration of attitudes, opinions, and motivation to serve others. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 41, 349-354. 

Deaner, J., Jason, L.A., Aase, D.M., & Mueller, D.G. (2009). The relationship between neighborhood criminal behavior and recovery homes. Therapeutic Communities, 30, 89-93. 

Aase, D.M., Jason, L.A., & Robinson, W.L. (2008). 12-Step participation among dually-diagnosed individuals: A review of individual and contextual factors. Clinical Psychology Review, 28, 1235-1248. 

Majer, J.M., Jason, L. A., North, C.S., Ferrari, J.R., Porter, N.S., Olson, B.D., Davis, M.I., Aase, D.M. & Molloy, J.P. (2008). A longitudinal analysis of psychiatric severity among substance abusers residing in self-help settings. American Journal of Community Psychology, 42, 145-153. 

Jason, L.A., Groh, D.R., Durocher, M., Alvarez, J., Aase, D.M., & Ferrari, J.R. (2008). Counteracting “Not in My Backyard”: The positive effects of greater occupancy within mutual-help recovery homes. Journal of Community Psychology, 36, 947-958. 

Aase, D.M., Jason, L.A., Ferrari, J.R., Groh, D.R., Alvarez, J., Olson, B.D., & Davis, M.I. (2005-2006). Anxiety symptoms and alcohol use: A longitudinal analysis of length-of-time in mutual help recovery homes. International Journal of Self Help & Self Care, 4, 19-33. 

Harris, A.C., Atkinson, D.M., Aase, D.M., & Gewirtz, J.C. (2006). Double dissociation in the neural substrates of acute opiate dependence as measured by withdrawal-potentiated startle. Neuroscience, 139(4), 1201-1210. 

Manuscripts Under Review:  

Macatee, R.J., Burkhouse, K.L., Afshar, K., Schroth, C., Aase, D.M., Greensteina, J.E., Proescher, E., Phan, K.L. (under review). Non-linear Relations between Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms and Electrocortical Reactivity during Emotional Face Processing in Combat-Exposed Veterans. Manuscript submitted for publication.


Invited Publications:


Jason, L.A. & Aase, D.M. (2016). Community-clinical psychology. In M.M.D. Rodriguez (Ed.). APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology. Volume 1. Clinical Psychology: Roots and Branches. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. 

Griauzde, J., Khaldi, A., Melian, E., Manera, R., Primeau, M., Aase, D.M., & Prabhu, V.C. (2011). Pilocytic astrocytoma: A comprehensive review. Part 3: Recurrent tumor, adjuvant treatment, and prognosis. Contemporary Neurosurgery, 33, 1-6. 

Jason, L.A., Olson, B.D., Mueller, D.G., Walt, L., & Aase, D.M. (2011). Residential recovery homes/Oxford Houses. In J.F. Kelly & W. White (Eds.), Addiction Recovery Management: Theory, Research & Practice (pp. 143-161). New York: Humana Press.  

Mueller, D.G., Mortensen, J., Aase, D.M., & Jason, L.A. (2009). Project, organization, and environment factors in sustaining Oxford House. In M.F. Hindsworth & T.B. Lang (Eds.), Community Participation and Empowerment. New York: Nova.  

Belyaev-Glantsman, O., Aase, D.M., Adams, M., & Jason, L.A. (2007). The need for transformative change. The Community Psychologist, 40, 91-92.  


  Published Abstracts:

Aase, D.M., Timko, A., Engel, K., Rog, L., Greenstein, J.E., Phan, K.L., & Pliskin, N.H. (2016). Specific facial emotion recognition errors made by individuals with alcohol use disorder [Abstract]. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 31, 955.

Aase, D.M., Babione, J.M., Osborn, A., Everett, L., Hassan, I., DiGangi, J.A., Proescher, E., Greenstein, J., Walters, R., & Phan, K.L. (2017). PTSD severity predicts working memory performance in OEF/OIF/OND veterans [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 23(S1), 199-200.

Babione, J.M., Osborn, A., Everett, L., Hassan, I., Schroth, C., DiGangi, J.A., Aase, D.M., & Phan, K.L. (2017). PTSD symptom severity predicts verbal encoding and retrieval in combat-exposed OEF/OIF/OND veterans [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 23(S1), 200.

Osborn, A., Babione, J.M., Everett, L., Hassan, I., Schroth, C., DiGangi, J.A., Aase, D.M., & Phan, K.L. (2017). An exploratory analysis of PTSD symptomatology, gender, working memory, and attention in OIF/OEF/OND veterans [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 23(S1), 208.

Aase, D.M. & Pliskin, N.H. (2016). Affect recognition performance in alcohol users: An item-level analysis [Abstract]. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 30, 760-761.

Aase, D.M., Engel, K., & Pliskin, N.H (2015). Social perception and alcohol use disorders: Psychiatric and interpersonal problems. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 29, 409.

Maucieri, L.P., Timko, A., & Aase, D.M. (2015). The relationship between social perception and crystallized intelligence in individuals with alcohol use disorders. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 29, 369-370.

Aase, D.M. & Pliskin, N.H. (2015). Alcohol use history is associated with social perception task performance. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 21(S1), 105.

Aase, D.M. & Pliskin, N.H. (2014). Social perception and alcohol use disorders [Abstract]. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 28, 695-696.

Aase, D.M., Primeau, M., Raiman, C., Melian, E., Barton, K., Lee, J., & Prabhu, V. (2012). Preoperative and early postoperative cognitive functioning in patients with primary brain tumors [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18(S1), 90.    

Aase, D.M., Mintz, R.J., Chwalisz, B., Bityou, L., Fink, J.F., & Pliskin, N.H. (2010). Longitudinal neuropsychological symptom changes following electrical injury: An exploratory study [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 16(S1), 45-46.    

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