Dr. M. Windy McNerney is Research Health Specialist in the MIRECC the VA Palo Alto, and a Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) at Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. She earned her PhD from the University of Notre Dame, went on to a postdoctoral position and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (DOE), and then completed fellowship at the WRIISC program at the VA and Stanford University.

Dr. McNerney is primarily interested in the neurophysiology and biochemistry of brain and mental health diseases, especially degenerative diseases, depression, TBI, PTSD, and addiction. She is collaborating with researchers to integrate brain imaging and biochemical markers in hopes to better understand these diseases. She also is taking a lead role in investigating the biochemistry of magnetic brain stimulation. She is currently teaching a class at Stanford, entitled “Addictions in Our World: From Physiology to Human Behavior,” which discusses the societal implications of addiction from a neurophysiological prospective.

Selected Publications:

McNerney, M. W., Sheng, T., Nechvatal, J. M., Lee, A. G., Lyons, D. M., ... Adamson, M. M. (2018). Integration of neural and epigenetic contributions to posttraumatic stress symptoms: The role of hippocampal volume and glucocorticoid receptor gene methylation. PLOSONE, e0192222.

Mi, Z., Biswas, K., Fairchild, K., Davis-Karim, A., Phibbs, C., Forman, S., Thase, M., Georgette, G., Beale, R., Pittman, D., McNerney, M. W., Rosen, A., Huang, G., George, M., Noda, A., & Yesavage, J. (2017). Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) for treatment-resistant major depression (TRMD) patients: Rational and design of a trail focusing on Veterans. Trails, 18, 409.

Bennion, B. J., Be, N. A., McNerney, M. W., Lao V., Carlson E., Valdez, C. A., et al. (2017). Predicting a drug’s membrane permeability: A computational model validated with in vitro permeability assay data. Journal of Physical Chemistry, B, 121, 5228-5237.

Ghasemi, M., Phillips C., Fahimi, A., McNerney M. W., & Salehi, A. (2017). Mechanisms of action and clinical efficacy of NMDA receptor modulators in mood disorders. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 13, 555-572.

Enright, H. A., Felix, S. H., Fischer, N. O., Murkjee, E. V., Socia, D., McNerney, M. W. ... Pannu, S. (2016). Long-term non-invasive interrogation of human dorsal root ganglion neuronal cultures on an integrated microfluidic multielectrode array platform. Analyst, 141, 5346-5357.

McNerney, M. W., & Radvansky, G. A. (2014). Mind racing. The influence of exercise on long-term memory consolidation. Memory, 14, 1-12.