Scott J. Moeller, PhD

Scott Moeller

Vice Chair for Research
Associate Professor

Phone: 631-638-3223

Curriculum Vitae



BA (Psychology)                               Stony Brook University Honors College   2005
PhD (Psychology)                                                         University of Michigan 2010
Postdoctoral Fellow                                   Brookhaven National Laboratory  2012
Postdoctoral Fellow                         Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 2013
Research Interests:

Cognition, emotion, and stress reactivity in human drug addiction
PET/fMRI multimodal brain imaging
Addiction comorbidity

Current Research:

Principal Investigator, NIDA, Neurocircuitry of clinical insight predicting relapse outcomes in opioid addiction
Principal Investigator, NIDA, Neural, endocrine, and behavioral markers of psychosocial stress predicting drug use outcomes in human opioid addiction                

Principal Investigator, NIDA, Neural and neurochemical correlates of metacognition impairment in opioid addiction
Principal Investigator, NIDA, Cholinergic transmission abnormalities associated with smoking behavior in humans
Multiple Principal Investigator, NIDA, Deep rTMS modulating insula synaptic density and smoking behavior in schizophrenia

Representative Publications:      

Moeller, S. J., Gil, R., Weinstein, J. J., Baumvoll, T., Wengler, K., Fallon, N., Van Snellenberg, J. X., Abeykoon, S., Perlman, G., Williams, J., Manu, L., Slifstein, M., Cassidy, C. M., Martinez, D. M., & Abi-Dargham, A. (2022). Deep rTMS of the insula and prefrontal cortex in smokers with schizophrenia: proof-of-concept study. Schizophrenia, 8(1), 6. PMCID: PMC8881463.
Maracic, C. E., & Moeller, S. J. (2021). Neural and behavioral correlates of impaired insight and self-awareness in substance use disorder. Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports, 8(4), 113-123. PMCID: PMC9374000.
Moeller, S. J., Hanley, A. D., & Garland, E. L. (2020). Behavioral preference for viewing drug versus pleasant images predicts current and future opioid misuse among chronic pain patients. Psychological Medicine, 50(4), 644-652. PMCID: PMC7413318.
Moeller, S. J., Kundu, P., Bachi, K., Maloney, T., Malaker, P., Parvaz, M. A., Alia-Klein, N., London, E. D., & Goldstein, R. Z. (2020). Self-awareness of problematic drug use: a new fMRI task to assess underlying neurocircuitry. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 209, 107930. PMCID: PMC7170015.
Moeller, S. J., Zilverstand, Z., Konova, A. B., Kundu, P., Parvaz, M. A., Preston-Campbell, R., Bachi, K., Alia-Klein, N., & Goldstein, R. Z. (2018). Neural correlates of drug-biased choice in currently-using and abstinent individuals with cocaine use disorder. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 3(5), 485-494. PMCID: PMC5944613.
Moeller, S. J., Okita, K., Robertson, C. L., Ballard, M. E., Johnson, M., Konova, A. B., Goldstein, R. Z., Mandelkern, M. A., & London E. D. (2018). Low striatal dopamine D2-type receptor availability is linked to simulated drug choice in methamphetamine users. Neuropsychopharmacology, 43(4), 751-760. PMCID: PMC5809782.
Moeller, S. J. & Paulus, M. P. (2018). Toward biomarkers of the addicted human brain: Using neuroimaging to predict relapse and sustained abstinence in substance use disorder. Progress in Neuropsychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 80(Pt B), 143-154. PMCID: PMC5603350.
Moeller, S. J., Fleming, S. M., Gan, G., Zilverstand, A., Malaker, P. d'Oleire Uquillas, F., Schneider, K. E., Preston-Campbell, R., Parvaz, M. A. Maloney, T., Alia-Klein, N., & Goldstein, R. Z. (2016). Metacognitive impairment in cocaine dependence is associated with individual differences in brain structure. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 26(4), 653-662. PMCID: PMC4805109.
Moeller, S. J., & Goldstein, R. Z. (2014). Impaired self-awareness in human addiction: Deficient attribution of personal relevance. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18(12), 635-641. PMCID: PMC4254155.
Moeller, S. J., Konova, A. B., Parvaz, M. A., Tomasi, D., Lane, R. D., Fort, C., & Goldstein, R. Z. (2014). Functional, structural, and emotional correlates of impaired insight in cocaine addiction. JAMA Psychiatry, 71(1), 61-70. PMCID: PMC4193926.
Moeller, S. J., Hajcak, G., Parvaz, M. A., Dunning, J. P., Volkow, N. D., & Goldstein, R. Z. (2012). Psychophysiological prediction of choice: relevance to insight and drug addiction. Brain, 135(Pt 11), 3481-3494. PMCID: PMC3501972.
Moeller, S. J., Tomasi, D., Woicik, P. A., Maloney, T., Alia-Klein, N., Honorio, J., Telang, F., Wang, G.-J., Wang, R., Sinha, R., Carise, D., Astone-Twerell, J., Bolger, J., Volkow, N. D., & Goldstein, R. Z. (2012). Enhanced midbrain response at 6-month follow-up in cocaine addiction, association with reduced drug-related choice. Addiction Biology, 17(6), 1013-1025. PMCID: PMC3394885.
Moeller S. J., Maloney T., Parvaz M. A., Alia-Klein N., Woicik P. A., Telang F., Wang G-J., Volkow N. D., & Goldstein R. Z. (2010). Impaired insight in cocaine addiction: Laboratory evidence and effects on cocaine-seeking behavior. Brain, 133(5), 1484-1493. PMCID: PMC2912695.
Moeller, S. J., Maloney, T., Parvaz, M. A., Dunning, J. P., Alia-Klein, N., Woicik, P. A., Hajcak, G., Telang, F., Wang, G.-J., Volkow, N. D., & Goldstein, R. Z. (2009). Enhanced choice for viewing cocaine pictures in cocaine addiction. Biological Psychiatry, 66(2), 169-176. PMCID: PMC2742172.