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Ashley Acheson, Ph.D.

Ashley Acheson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Division of Neurobehavioral Research, Department of Psychiatry and Research Imaging Center

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Acheson is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and the Research Imaging Center at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). He completed his graduate training at the University of Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY) studying laboratory models of decision-making and impulse control in rodents. He next completed postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago studying laboratory models decision-making and impulse control in humans and then completed additional postdoctoral training in neuroimaging at UTHSCSA studying neural differences in young adults at risk for developing substance use disorders. After joining the UTHSCSA Department of Psychiatry as an Assistant Professor in 2008 and joining the Neurobehavioral Research Laboratory and Clinic (NRLC) team, he completed the UTHCSA KL2 scholar program investigating behavioral and neural mechanism underlying risk for substance use disorders in adolescents.

Throughout his career Dr. Acheson's primary interest has been the examination of the neural substrates of decision-making and impulse control. He is particularly interested in understanding how these substrates function differentially in drug-abusing and other impulsive populations, either as a result of baseline differences or as consequences of drug use or other influences. Currently, Dr. Acheson’s projects include using behavioral measures and neuroimaging techniques to better understand risk and vulnerabilities for developing substance use disorders.

Research Interests

Education

Year Degree Major Institution
2007 Fellowship Behavioral Neuroscience/Neuroimaging UTHSCSA
2006 Fellowship Behavioral Pharmacology University of Chicago
2004 Ph.D. Behavioral Neuroscience University at Buffalo, SUNY

Citation Record for Publications through the year 2013

  • 484 Times Cited
  • 21 Citations per Publication
  • 12 h-index
Citations per Year

Presentations/Publications with the NRLC

  • Bupropion improves attention but does not affect impulsive behavior in healthy young adults

    Acheson, A., and de Wit, H. (2008)

    Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 16(2), 113-123 PubMed Icon

  • IQ and Nonplanning Impulsivity are independently associated with delay discounting in middle-aged adults.

    de Wit, H., Flory, J. D., Acheson, A., McCloskey, M., and Manuck, S. B. (2007)

    Personality and Individual Differences, 42, 111-121.

  • Combining diffusion tensor imaging and magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study reduced frontal white matter integrity in youths with family histories of substance use disorders

    Acheson, A., Wijtenburg, S. A., Rowland, L. M., Bray, B. C., Gaston, F., Mathias, C. W., Fox, P.T., Lovallo, W. R., Wright, S. N., Hong, L. E., McGuire, S., Kochunov, P., and Dougherty, D. M. (2014).

    Human Brain Mapping, 35, 5877-5887. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Cortisol stress response in men and women modulated differentially by the mu-opioid receptor gene polymorphism OPRM1 A118G

    Lovallo, W. R., Enoch, M. A., Acheson, A., Cohoon, A. J., Sorocco, K. H., Hodgkinson, C. A., Vincent, A. S., Glahn, D. C., and Goldman, D. (2015).

    Neuropsychopharmacology. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Effects of sleep deprivation on impulsive behaviors in men and women.

    Acheson, A., Richards, J. B., and de Wit, H. (2007)

    Physiology and Behavior, 91, 579-587 PubMed Icon

  • Diazepam impairs behavioral inhibition but not delay discounting or risk taking in healthy adults.

    Acheson, A., Reynolds, B., Richards, J. B., and de Wit, H. (2006).

    Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 14(2), 190-198. PubMed Icon

  • Anomalous temporoparietal activity in individuals with a family history of alcoholism: Studies from the Oklahoma Family Health Patterns Project

    Acheson, A., Franklin, C., Cohoon, A. J., Glahn, D. C., Fox, P. T., and Lovallo, W. R. (2014).

    Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38, 1639-1645 PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Greater discounting of delayed rewards in young adults with family histories of alcohol and drug use disorders: studies from the Oklahoma Family Health Patterns Project.

    Acheson, A., Vincent, A. S., Sorocco, K. H., and Lovallo, W. R. (2011).

    Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 35, 1607-1613 PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Striatal activity and reduced white matter increase frontal activity in youths with family histories of alcohol and other substance use disorders performing a go/no go task

    Acheson, A., Tagamets, M. A., Winkler, A., Rowland, L. M., Mathias, C. W., Wright, S. N., Hong, L. E., Kochunov. P., and Dougherty, D. M. (2015).

    Brain and Behavior, e00352, doi: 10.1002/brb3.352 PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Increased forebrain activations in youths with family histories of alcohol and other Substance Use Disorders performing a Go/No Go Task

    Acheson, A., Tagaments, M., Winkler, A., Rowland, L. M., Mathias, C. W., Write, S. N., Hong, L. E., Kochunov, P., and Dougherty, D. M. (2014).

    Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38, 2944-2951. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Adults with a family history of alcohol related problems are more impulsive on measures of response initiation and response inhibition.

    Acheson, A., Richard, D. M., Mathias, C. W., and Dougherty, D. M. (2011).

    Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 117, 198-203. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Sample Size.

    Acheson, A. (2010). In N. J. Salkind (Ed.),

    Encyclopedia of Research Design (pp. 3:1299-1301). Sage Publications, Inc: Thousand Oaks, CA.

  • Early adolescent trajectories of impulsiveness and sensation seeking in children of fathers with histories of alcohol and other substance use disorders

    Acheson, A., Lake, S. L., Bray, B. C., Liang, Y., Mathias, C. W., Ryan, S. R., Charles, N. E., and Dougherty, D. M. (2016).

    Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research,. 40, 2,622-2,630 PubMed Icon

  • Sequence Effects.

    Acheson, A. (2010). In N. J. Salkind (Ed.),

    Encyclopedia of Research Design (pp. 3:1340-1341). Sage Publications, Inc: Thousand Oaks, CA.

  • Early life adversity contributes to impaired cognition and impulsive behavior: Studies from the Oklahoma Family Health Patterns Project.

    Lovallo, W. R., Farag, N. H., Sorocco, K. H., Acheson, A., Cohoon, A. J., and Vincent, A. S. (2013).

    Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 37, 616-623. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Differential activation of the anterior cingulate cortex and caudate nucleus in persons with a family history of alcoholism during a gambling simulation: Studies from the Oklahoma Family Health Patterns Project..

    Acheson A, Robinson JL, Glahn DC, Lovallo WR, Fox PT (2009).

    Drug and Alcohol Dependence 100, 17-23. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Reproducibility of tract-based white matter microstructural measures using the ENIGMA-DTI protocol

    Acheson, A., Witjtenburg, S. A., Rowland, L. R., Winkler, A., Mathias, C. W., Hong, L. E., Jahanshad, N., Patel, B., Thompson, P.M., McGuire, S.A., Sherman, P. M., Kochunov, P., and Dougherty, D. M. (2017).

    Brain and Behavior, 7, 1-10. PubMed Icon

  • Functional activation and effective connectivity differences in adolescent marijuana users performing a simulated gambling task

    Acheson, A., Ray, K., Hines, C., Li K., Dawes, M. A., Mathias, C. W., Dougherty, D. M., and Laird, A. (2015).

    Journal of Addiction, 2015 (783106), 1-11. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Sphericity.

    Acheson, A. (2010). In N. J. Salkind (Ed.),

    Encyclopedia of Research Design (pp. 3:1408-1410). Sage Publications, Inc: Thousand Oaks, CA.

  • A coordinate-based meta-analytic model of trauma processing in posttraumatic stress disorder.

    Ramage, A. E., Laird, A. R., Eickhoff, S. B., Acheson, A., Peterson, A. L., Williamson, D. E., Telch, M. J., Fox, P. T. (2012).

    Human Brain Mapping. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Preadolescent sensation seeking and early adolescent stress relate to at-risk adolescents’ substance use by age 15

    Charles, N. E., Mathias, C. W., Acheson, A., and Dougherty, D. M. (2017).

    Addictive Behaviors, 69, 1-7. PubMed Icon

  • Psychopathic traits and their association with adjustment problems in girls.

    Charles, N. E., Acheson, A., Mathias, C. W., Furr, R. M., Dougherty, D. M. (2012).

    Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 30, 631-642. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Assessment of whole brain white matter integrity in youths and young adults with a family history of substance-use disorders

    Acheson, A., Wijtenburg, A. S., Rowland, L. M., Winkler, A. M., Gaston, F., Mathias, C. W., Fox, P. T., Lavollo, W. R., Wright, S. N., Hong, L. E., Dougherty, D. M., and Kochunov, P. (2014).

    Human Brain Mapping, 35, 5401-5413. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Clinical and social/environmental characteristics in a community sample of children with and without family histories of Substance Use Disorder in the San Antonio area: A descriptive study

    Ryan, S. R., Acheson, A., Charles, N. E., Lake, S. L., Hernandez, D. L., Mathias, C. W., and Dougherty, D. M. (2016).

    Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 25, 327-339.

  • Childhood stress exposure among preadolescents with and without family histories of substance use disorders

    Charles, N. E., Ryan, S. R., Acheson, A., Mathias, C. W., Liang, Y., and Dougherty, D. M. (2015).

    Psychology of Addictive Behavior, 29, 192-200. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Comparing the detection of transdermal and breath alcohol concentrations during periods of alcohol consumption ranging from moderate drinking to binge drinking.

    Dougherty, D. M., Charles, N. E., Acheson, A., John, S., Furr, R.M., Hill-Kapturczak, N. (2012).

    Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 20, 373-381. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Acute effects of methylphenidate on impulsivity and attentional behavior in Comorbid ADHD and Conduct Disorder

    Dougherty, D. M., Olvera, R. L., Acheson, A., Hill-Kapturczak, N., Ryan, S. R., and Mathias, C. W. (2016).

    Journal of Adolescence, 53, 222-230. PubMed Icon

  • Predictors of initiation and age of onset of substance-use among at-risk adolescents.

    Duffing, T. M., Mathias, C. W., Acheson, A., Lake, S. L, Charles, N.E., Ryan, S. R., and Dougherty, D. M., (2014, January).

    Poster presented at the Fielding Graduate University's Clinical and Media Psychology Winter Poster Session.

  • Increased Pre- and Early-Adolescent Stress in Youth with a Family History of Substance Use Disorder and Early Substance Use Initiation

    Charles, N. E., Mathias, C. W., Acheson, A., Bray, B. C., Ryan, S. R., Lake, S. L., Liang, Y, and Dougherty DM. (2015).

    Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44, 1954-1967. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Aggression as a Predictor of Early Substance Use Initiation among Youth with Family Histories of Substance Use Disorders

    Mathias, C. W., Duffing, T. M., Acheson, A., Charles, N. E., Lake, S. L., Ryan, S. R., Liang, Y., and Dougherty, D. M. (2015).

    Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment, 14, 230-240. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Child problems as a moderator of relations between maternal impulsivity and family environment in a high-risk sample.

    Friedman, C. K., Ryan, S. R., Charles, N. E., Mathias, C. W., Acheson, A., Dougherty, D. M. (2016).

    Substance Use & Misuse, 51, 1264-1273 PubMed Icon

  • Pubertal maturation compression and behavioral impulsivity among boys at increased risk for substance use

    Mathias, C. W., Charles, N. E., Liang, Y., Acheson, A., Lake, S. L., Ryan, S. R., Olvera, R. L., and Dougherty, D. M. (2016).

    Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment, 15, 61-73. PubMed Icon

  • L-tryptophan: Basic metabolic functions, behavioral research, and therapeutic indications.

    Marsh-Richard, D. M., Dawes, M. A.., Mathias, C. W., Acheson, A., Hill-Kapturczak, N., and Dougherty, D. M. (2009).

    International Journal of Tryptophan Research, 2, 45-60. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Altered developmental trajectories for impulsivity and sensation seeking among adolescent substance users

    Charles, N. E., Ryan, S. R., Bray, B.C., Mathias, C. W., Acheson, A., and Dougherty, D. M. (2016).

    Addictive Behaviors, 60, 235-241 PubMed Icon

  • Intolerance to delayed reward in girls with multiple suicide attempts.

    Mathias, C. W., Dougherty, D. M., James, L. M., Richard, D. M., Dawes, M. A., Acheson, A., and Hill-Kapturczak, N. (2011).

    Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 41, 277-286. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Ethical considerations in adolescent drug research, a response to “Conflicting ethics of confidentiality in adolescent drug research”

    Dougherty, D. M., Hill-Kapturczak, N., Ryan, S. R., Mathias, C. W., Dawes, M. A., Acheson, A., Charles, N. E., Furr, M. A., and Liguori, A. (2014).

    Psychopharmacology, 231(8), 1433-1435. DOI: 10.1007/s00213-013-3183-9 PubMed Icon

  • Impulsivity, attention, memory, and decision-making among adolescent marijuana users

    Dougherty, D. M., Mathias, C. W., Dawes, M. A., Furr, R. M., Charles, N. E., Liguori, A., Shannon, E. E., Acheson, A. (2013).

    Psychopharmacology, 226, 307-319. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Family functioning as a mediator of relations between family history of Substance Use Disorder and impulsivity

    Ryan, S. R., Friedman, C. K., Lake, S. L., Mathias, C. W., Charles, N. E., Liang, Y., Acheson, A., and Dougherty, D. M. (2016).

    Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment, 15, 17-24. PubMed Icon

  • Behavioral impulsivity and risk-taking trajectories across early adolescence in youths with and without family histories of alcohol and other drug use disorders

    Dougherty, D. M., Lake, S. L., Mathias, C. W., Ryan, S. R., Bray, B. C., Charles, N. E., and Acheson, A. (2015).

    Virtual Issue on Risk Factors for Adolescent Drinking PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Delay discounting differentiates pre-adolescents at high and low risk for substance use disorders based on family history

    Dougherty, D. M., Charles, N. E., Mathias, C. W., Ryan, S. R., Olvera, R. L., Liang, Y., and Acheson, A. (2014).

    Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 143, 105-111. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon