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Brian Hicks, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Brian M. Hicks, Ph.D., joined the U-M faculty in 2009 and is Associate Professor with tenure at the Addiction Center in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Hicks is a Michigan native and completed his undergraduate studies at Eastern Michigan University. He went on to earn his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Minnesota and then completed a postdoctoral position at the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research. Dr. Hicks has been the principal investigator on multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, all funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Dr. Hicks' research focuses on examining the interplay among genetic, environmental, and developmental influences on the emergence, persistence, and desistence of substance use disorders and related conditions including antisocial behavior and psychopathic personality disorder. Dr. Hicks’ research accomplishments have been recognized by early career contribution awards from the Behavior Genetics Association, the Society for Research in Psychopathology, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy. In 2015 Dr. Hicks received the Research Faculty Recognition Award (campus-wide award) from the Office of Research at the University of Michigan.

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Research Interests:

  • Genetic, environmental, and developmental influences on substance use and antisocial behavior
  • Early behavioral and neurobiological risk for substance use disorders
  • Psychopathy (psychopathic personality disorder)
  • Personality development


Ph.D., Psychology, University of Minnesota, 2007

APA Internship, Clinical Psychology, Medical University of South Carolina, 2007

M.A., Psychology, University of Minnesota, 2004

B.S., Psychology, Eastern Michigan University, 1999