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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Photo: Brian Hicks, Ph.D.

Brian Hicks, Ph.D.

Contact Information


Primary Programs/Services:
Substance Abuse


  • 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

Research Interest:

  • 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

Academic Appointment:

  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • Durbin CE, Hicks BM (2014) Personality and psychopathology: A stagnant field in need of development. European Journal of Personality, 28, 362-386.
  • Hicks BM, Foster KT, Iacono WG, McGue M (2013) Genetic and environmental influences on the familial transmission of externalizing disorders in adoptive and twin offspring. JAMA Psychiatry, 70, 1076-1083.
  • Hicks BM, Iacono WG, McGue M (2014) Identifying childhood characteristics that underlie pre-morbid risk for substance use disorders: Socialization and boldness. Development and Psychopathology, 26, 141-157.
  • Patrick CJ, Venables NC, Yancey JR, Hicks BM, Nelson LD, Kramer MD (2013) A construct-network approach to bridging diagnostic and physiological domains: Application to the assessment of externalizing psychopathology. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 902-916.
  • Vrieze SI, McGue M, Miller MB, Hicks BM, Iacono WG (2013) Three mutually informative ways to understand the genetic relationships among behavioral disinhibition, alcohol use, drug use, and nicotine use/dependence and their co-occurrence: Twin biometry, GCTA, and genome-wide scoring. Behavior Genetics, 43, 97-107.

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