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Henry Ryan Wagner II, PhD

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Division: 
Child & Family Mental Health & Community Psychiatry
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Office: Brightleaf Sq Ste 22B, 905 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701
Campus Mail: DUMC Box 3454 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710

My research career into neurobiology and mental health spans two distinct phases. The first includes doctoral training at the University of New Mexico in psychology and neurobiology with a major area of emphasis in behavioral neurobiology and two minor areas of emphasis in learning and memory and statistics and experimental design.  Doctoral training was subsequently supplemented with  postdoctoral study in neuropharmacology at Duke University focusing on brain monoamine systems.  For the five years subsequent, I continued exploring the mechanisms underlying receptor regulation of brain catecholamine systems within my laboratory at Columbia University.  Following a hiatus, I refocused my research interests away from the laboratory and into statistics and experimental design. This included supplementing a minor area of emphasis in statistics acquired during my doctoral training with extensive course work in biometry through the Division of Biometry within the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University.  Using this background, I have continued to consult for the last two decades in the statistical design and analysis of a wide variety of research projects within the Division of Translational Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences as part of the Duke University School of Medicine; the numerous projects undertaken during this interval have included - but are not limited to - randomized clinical trials, epidemologic surveys, and a seemingly endless variety of quasi-experimental designs.  More recently, I have expanded my duties to include a position as Statistician for the Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center with the Durham VA Medical Center.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1975

Publications

Elbogen, Eric B., Megan Lanier, Shannon M. Blakey, H Ryan Wagner, and Jack Tsai. “Suicidal ideation and thoughts of self-harm during the COVID-19 pandemic: The role of COVID-19-related stress, social isolation, and financial strain.” Depress Anxiety, May 5, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.23162.

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Curry, John F., Megan Shepherd-Banigan, Elizabeth Van Voorhees, H Ryan Wagner, Michelle L. Kelley, Jennifer Strauss, Jennifer Naylor, Jennifer Veterans Affairs Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Women Veterans Work Group, and Jennifer Veterans Affairs Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Work Group. “Sex differences in predictors of recurrent major depression among current-era military veterans.” Psychol Serv 18, no. 2 (May 2021): 275–84. https://doi.org/10.1037/ser0000397.

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Elbogen, Eric B., Megan Lanier, Henry R. Wagner, and Jack Tsai. “Financial Strain, Mental Illness, and Homelessness: Results From a National Longitudinal Study.” Med Care 59, no. Suppl 2 (April 1, 2021): S132–38. https://doi.org/10.1097/MLR.0000000000001453.

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Blakey, Shannon M., Kirsten H. Dillon, H Ryan Wagner, Tracy L. Simpson, Jean C. Beckham, Patrick S. Calhoun, and Eric B. Elbogen. “Psychosocial well-being among veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder.” Psychol Trauma, March 4, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0001018.

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Elbogen, Eric B., Megan Lanier, Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, Susan Strickland, H Ryan Wagner, and Jack Tsai. “Elbogen et al. Respond to "Stressors and Suicide Attempts in a Time of COVID-19".” Am J Epidemiol 189, no. 11 (November 2, 2020): 1278–79. https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwaa149.

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Elbogen, Eric B., Megan Lanier, Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, Susan Strickland, H Ryan Wagner, and Jack Tsai. “Financial Strain and Suicide Attempts in a Nationally Representative Sample of US Adults.” Am J Epidemiol 189, no. 11 (November 2, 2020): 1266–74. https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwaa146.

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Morey, Rajendra A., Courtney C. Haswell, Daniel Stjepanović, Daniel Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Workgroup, Joseph E. Dunsmoor, and Kevin S. LaBar. “Neural correlates of conceptual-level fear generalization in posttraumatic stress disorder.” Neuropsychopharmacology 45, no. 8 (July 2020): 1380–89. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41386-020-0661-8.

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Naylor, Jennifer C., Jason D. Kilts, Lawrence J. Shampine, Gillian J. Parke, H Ryan Wagner, Steven T. Szabo, Karen D. Smith, et al. “Effect of Pregnenolone vs Placebo on Self-reported Chronic Low Back Pain Among US Military Veterans: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” Jama Netw Open 3, no. 3 (March 2, 2020): e200287. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.0287.

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Morey, Rajendra A., Emily K. Clarke, Courtney C. Haswell, Rachel D. Phillips, Ashley N. Clausen, Mary S. Mufford, Zeynep Saygin, Zeynep VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Workgroup, H Ryan Wagner, and Kevin S. LaBar. “Amygdala Nuclei Volume and Shape in Military Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.” Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging 5, no. 3 (March 2020): 281–90. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bpsc.2019.11.016.

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Clausen, Ashley N., Emily Clarke, Rachel D. Phillips, Courtney Haswell, Courtney VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Workgroup, and Rajendra A. Morey. “Combat exposure, posttraumatic stress disorder, and head injuries differentially relate to alterations in cortical thickness in military Veterans.” Neuropsychopharmacology 45, no. 3 (February 2020): 491–98. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41386-019-0539-9.

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