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Marc Haut, PhD, ABPP – Professor and Chair of Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry


PO Box 9137
930 Chestnut Ridge Road
Morgantown, WV 26505


Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry; Neurology; Radiology; Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

Graduate Training

University of North Dakota, Psychology


Neuropsychology, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine

Professor and Chair of Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry

Current Research Interests

My primary research interests are in the study of human memory, episodic and working memory. Structural (MRI Volumetrics and Diffusion Tensor Imaging) and functional neuroimaging (PET activation and fMRI) are used to study both normal and clinical populations with a particular focus on the effects of age and of toxins on human memory, brain structure, and function.

Age-related Changes in Brain Structure and Function

We are using MRI techniques (fMRI, Volumetrics and Diffusion Tensor Imaging) to study how the brain changes with age as a function of intelligence and cognitive reserve.

Structural and Functional Changes to the Brain After Toxic Exposure

We are completing an R01 in collaboration with Dr. Lisa Morrow at the University of Pittsburgh where we used MRI Volumetrics, PET activation, and Neuropsychological Testing to study the effects of long-term exposure to solvents on brain structure and function.

In collaboration with Dr. Jame Abraham we are also studying the effects of chemotherapy for breast cancer on brain white matter.

Brain Structure and Function Related to Memory Processes

We have ongoing studies to examine the brain structures involved with memory in healthy individuals as well as patients with epilepsy.

Medical Specialities

Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry

Cancer / Oncology


Current Grant Funding

Customized cortical stimulation therapy in the rehabilitation of stroke patients.
NIH 1R01NS090677-01 10/01/2015- 09/30/2019

  • Buetefisch (PI)
  • Haut (Co-I)

West Virginia Stroke CoBRE P20 GM109098, NIH/NIGMS 09/01/14 to 08/31/19

  • Simpkins (PI)
  • Haut (Co-I)

Lab Personnel and Collaborators

Marissa Pifer, BA

Research Assistant

Marissa Pifer grew up in Charles Town, WV, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at West Virginia University. She is a research assistant in Dr. Haut’s lab, and is currently involved in projects looking at a variety of neurological conditions such as stroke, opiate addiction, and Alzheimer’s disease.


Cathrin Buetefisch, MD, PhD



Dr. Buetefisch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at Emory University, and the Interim Director for the Deep Brain Stimulation Clinic in the Movement Disorder Clinic. She is a neurologist and neuroscientist internationally recognized for her work in neurorehabilitation.

Recent Publications




  • Buetefisch CM, Howard C, Korb C,
    Haut MW, Shuster L, Pergami P, Smith C, Hobbs GR.
    Conditions for enhancing the encoding of an elementary motor memory by rTMS.
    Clin Neurophysiol. 2015;126(3):581-593. PMC4485439.


  • Buckalew N,
    Haut MW, Aizenstein H, Rosano C, Edelman KD, Perera S, Marrow L, Tadic
    S, Venkatraman V, Weiner D.
    White matter hyperintensity burden and disability in older adults: is chronic
    pain a contributor?

    PM R. 2013;5(6):471-480. PMC4023475.


  • Buckalew N,
    Haut MW, Aizenstein H, Morrow L, Perera S, Kuwabara H, Weiner DK.
    Differences in brain structure and function in older adults with self-reported
    disabling and nondisabling chronic low back pain
    Pain Med. 2010;11(8):1183-1197. PMC2925166.


  • Adamovich BL, Gualberto G, Roberts T,
    Haut MW, Gutmann L.
    Teaching neuroImages: amnesia due to fornix infarction.
    Neurology. 2009;73(17):e86


  • Abraham J,
    Haut MW, Moran MT, Filburn S, Lemieux SK, Kuwabara H.
    Adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer: effects on cerebral white matter seen
    in diffusion tensor imaging
    Clin Breast Cancer. 2008;8(1):88-91.
  • Buckalew N,
    Haut MW, Morrow LA, Weiner D.
    Chronic pain is associated with brain volume loss in older adults: preliminary

    Pain Med. 2008;9(2):240-248.
  • Carey ME,
    Haut MW, Reminger SL, Hutter JJ, Theilmann R, Kaemingk KL.
    Reduced frontal white matter volume in long-term childhood leukemia survivors:
    a voxel-based morphometry study.

    AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2008;29(4):792-797.
  • Sparks DL, Lemieux SK,
    Haut MW, Baxter LC, Johnson SC, Sparks LM, Sampath H, Lopez JE, Sabbagh
    MH, Connor DJ.
    Hippocampal volume change in the Alzheimer Disease Cholesterol-Lowering Treatment

    Cleve Clin J Med. 2008;75 Suppl 2:S87-S93.


  • Swayampakula AK, Alkhouri N,
    Haut MW, Abraham J.
    Cognitive impairment with significant brain parenchymal volume loss following
    standard adjuvant chemotherapy in a patient with breast cancer.

    Clin Adv Hematol Oncol. 2007;5(12):985-987.


    • Haut MW, Kuwabara H, Ducatman AM, Hatfield GP, Parsons MW, Scott A,
      Parsons E, Morrow LA.
      Corpus callosum volume in railroad workers with chronic exposure to solvents.
      J Occup Environ Med. 2006;48(6):615-624.

More publications

About Marc W. Haut

Marc W. Haut, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified, clinical neuropsychologist who serves as professor and chair of WVU’s Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry. He joined the WVU faculty in 1989 as an assistant professor and has been an active clinician, educator and researcher. In previous roles, he directed neuropsychology training and services and headed the psychology section. He has focused on expanding clinical psychiatric and behavioral health services to underserved areas of the state through Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) programs and telepsychiatry. In addition, he is dedicated to expanding clinical services to
address the current opioid epidemic. WVU is utilizing grant funding and collaborations throughout the state to expand Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) through the use of ECHO and a hub and spoke model. Additionally, Haut has been building the research infrastructure of the department to support development of novel treatment programs to improve outcome for addiction services.


Faculty Research Award in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and

WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute