Estate M. (Tato) SokhadzeClinical Professor
Who is Dr. Sokhadze?
Dr. Sokhadze, a graduate from Tbilisi State University (M.S., Biology/Physiology), continued his post-graduate studies at Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, and received his Ph.D. in Human Physiology in 1988 in Novosibirsk, Russia. From 1997-2001, he worked as an invited scientist at Chungnum University in South Korea. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Psychopharmacology at Wake Forest from 2001-2003, and post-doctoral training in Cognitive Neuroscience at Rice University in 2004. During 2004-2015 Dr. Sokhadze worked as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of Louisville (UofL) and directed the Evoked Potential Lab. He still holds Gratis Clinical Associate Professor appointment at UofL. In 2015 he joined the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville and Greenville Health System as a Research Professor of Biomedical Sciences and member of GHS/USC-SOMG Center of Childhood Neurotherapeutics. From 2020 he has adjunct Professor appointment with USC-SOMG and is Researcher at Prisma Health-Upstate Internal Medicine Clinic Neuro lab. His research interests include application of EEG/ERP brain mapping, neurofeedback, TMS, and other applied psychophysiological techniques in psychiatric clinical research. Dr. Sokhadze is a member of several professional clinical research societies (AAPB, ISNR, SPR, FNNR, ISAM) and grant reviewer for two federal agencies (NIH, DOD). Currently, Dr. Sokhadze is a part of clinical research grants involving Clemson University (CU) and Prisma Health-Upstate. The collaborative efforts with Clemson University researchers’ participation are targeting treatment of patients with opioid use disorder. Three several collaborative grants with CU are in preparation for the next NIH funding cycle.
For more information, see his Curriculum Vitae.
How Dr. Sokhadze’s research is transforming health care
Dr. Sokhadze has more than 30 years of experience in application of cognitive neuroscience and neuromodulation methods in human clinical psychophysiology research and applied neuroscience. Specifically, he has extensive expertise in rTMS, central and peripheral nervous system activity measures in psychiatry research. Dr. Sokhadze was PI and co-I on several society and federal grants and completed as a co-I, an Eureka NIH R01 grant aimed to study EEG and ERP abnormalities in autism and clinical and EEG/ERP effects of rTMS. He has several publications on EEG/ERP and TMS in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), neurofeedback applications in ASD, ADHD, PTSD and substance use disorders and numerous presentations on the same topics, including those where central and autonomic measures such as EEG, HRV and electrodermal activity were monitored. The Neuro Lab at the Prisma Health-Upstate Internal Medicine Clinic facility has necessary equipment (EEG, psychophysiological monitoring devices, etc.) and specialist software to support the innovative collaborative projects with Clemson University. In the past, Dr. Sokhadze’s group was the first to start the application of rTMS for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and was the first to integrate rTMS and neurofeedback as treatment for ASD. Dr Sokhadze authored numerous papers on application of cognitive neuroscience methods and neurofeedback in substance use disorder. The main direction of his research transforming healthcare is aimed at development of novel theory-guided non-invasive treatments and functional diagnostics methods that could be used for innovative approaches for intervention in substance use disorder and neurodevelopmental disorders.
News and Media Related to Dr. Sokhadze's Research
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Key Health Research Interest Areas
Substance use disorder, psychophysiology, EEG, neurofeedback, Autism, ADHD, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Heart rate variability, Electrodermal activity, Attention, Emotion, tDCS